Archive for the ‘Personal’ Category

America Recycles Day

Thursday, November 15th, 2012
America recycles

Best Books Lists for 2012 (Yes, already)

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Not even Thanksgiving, and yet we have our first offerings in the annual best-books-list marathon.

Best Books 2012

This is the lead-in page to Publishers Weekly’s lists:

  • Top 10 Best Books of the Year
  • Fiction
  • Mystery/Thriller
  • Poetry
  • Romance
  • SF/Fantasy/Horror
  • Comics
  • Nonfiction
  • Children’s Picture Books
  • Children’s Fiction
  • Children’s Nonfiction
  • Religion
  • Lifestyle

Best Books of the Year: 2012 Editors’ Picks

Amazon offers lists in the following categories:

  • Editors’ Top Picks
  • Children’s Picture Books
  • Middle Grade Books
  • Teen Books
  • Mystery/Thriller/Suspense
  • Literature & Fiction
  • Kindle Singles


And completely unrelated to this topic:

This is my 500th blog post here.

This just seemed too significant to let pass unannounced.

Remembering George McGovern

Sunday, October 21st, 2012


McGovern buttons

My collection of McGovern buttons


Dashed Presidential Hopes, but a Life Devoted to Liberalism



Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

What’s wrong with this picture?

Sign outside hotel door

Sign outside hotel door

iPhone 5th anniversary

Friday, June 29th, 2012

iPhone 5th anniversary: How I accidentally became an iPhone user | TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog.

iPhone 3GSThis post on The Unofficial Apple Weblog reminds me where I was 5 years ago today: standing in line outside a local AT&T store hoping to be one of the lucky ones to snag one of the store’s allotment of the brand new iPhones. (Fortunately, the temperature 5 years ago was nowhere near the 104 F. expected here today.  And I don’t have a photo of the original iPhone, so the one pictured here is the later, 3GS, model.)

Like this TUAW blogger, I had been a devoted Palm user, although my Palm wasn’t a phone model. I had been wanting a smartphone, but nothing available was exactly the device of my dreams. As soon as I saw the descriptions of the upcoming iPhone, I knew it was what I had been waiting for.

birthday cakeLaugh all you want, but I was excited to be standing in that line.

And then the purchase of that iPhone prompted me to buy a Mac laptop. And the purchase of that laptop initiated our conversion into an all-Apple, all-the-time household.

Happy 5th birthday, iPhone.

Monday Miscellany

Monday, June 11th, 2012

brown pelican

Brown pelican, Santa Barbara, CA, USA

Photo: Do You Know How Long to Wash Your Hands?

Friday, May 25th, 2012

Wash Up and Sing

I did not know this bit of useful information. Thanks to Bob Evans.

Photo of the Day: Snappy

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012


Meet Snappy.

On a recent bike ride my husband came upon this big snapping turtle on the sidewalk. After photographing him head-on, he tried to get a side view. But every time he moved to get a different perspective, Snappy moved, too, to maintain their face-off.

In Memory of Dr. Jeanne Achterberg

Friday, April 27th, 2012
Jeanne Achterberg

Dr. Jeanne Achterberg

About 10 years ago I read the book Woman as Healer because that is a topic I’ve long been interested in. A couple of years later I decided to go back to school to study for a doctorate in humanistic psychology. I had already enrolled at Saybrook before I realized that the author of Woman as Healer, Woman as HealerJeanne Achterberg, was on the faculty. I worked with her throughout my six years of study, and she chaired my dissertation committee. Jeanne Achterberg died on March 7, 2012. She was a popular and well-known scholar, researcher, and speaker, and she was immediately eulogized by her colleagues (see links below). But I knew her as a teacher—one of the best teachers I’ve ever had in my long academic career.

Jeanne Achterberg made her name in the field of alternative medicine, or mind-body medicine, with the development of the use of guided imagery in the treatment of cancer. In 2001 Time magazine named her one of 100 innovators for this pioneering work. Here are a couple of tributes by her colleagues:

Also, her family has set up a tribute page on Facebook.

Jeannie was passionate about her work in promoting the spiritual nature of healing, but she was equally devoted to mentoring students, particularly in their research. Many professors think of their graduate students as extensions of themselves whose main purpose is to further their mentors’ research. But Jeannie did not think that way. She saw her role of mentor as that of guiding students in pursuing the research topics they were interested in. Trained as an experimental psychologist, her first allegiance was always to science. Her approach was to work with students to find a sound methodology appropriate for their research questions. When, at the beginning of my doctoral research, I asked her for some specific direction, she gently refused—not because she wanted to work me as hard as possible, but because she wanted me to discover my own passion within the topic rather than pursuing hers.

The other characteristic that made Jeannie such a good teacher was her own willingness, even eagerness, to learn. She frequently talked about how much she learned from her students. When I wanted to use the developing methodology of narrative inquiry for my dissertation, she initially hesitated. But she gave me the opportunity to demonstrate its soundness, then declared herself convinced and wholeheartedly supported my work. I was truly blessed to be one of the many students who earned their degrees under her direction.

Intentional HealingThere is a complete list of her publications on her web site. Here are two of my favorites, in addition to Woman as Healer:

  • Lightning at the Gate, her memoir of her own experience of illness
  • Intentional Healing, an audio program that sums up her life’s work and her belief in the spiritual nature of healing

And in this 15-minute video she discusses transpersonal psychology in advance of her scheduled appearance as a keynote speaker at the Spirituality and Psychology Conference in February, 2012 (you will need to turn the volume all the way up on both the video and your machine):

Heaven must certainly be a much nattier place now that Jeannie has arrived to offer fashion advice.

Monday Miscellany: Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 26th, 2011

Monday Miscellany is taking this week off for the winter holidays.

Season’s greetings and best wishes for peace and joy in 2012 to all!