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The Technology of Social Networking

Up until just recently I did most of my online communicating through email. As a matter of fact, unless any of my friends still lived in caves and were just learning fire, snail mail was almost a forgotten thing. Sure, there a few of my relatives of the older persuasion that have just never gotten the hang of computers and email, so a Christmas card and an occasional phone call just has to suffice. Now with the advent of MySpace and Facebook and the slew of other social networking sites, things are changing even more. Now I do realize that MySpace has been around for awhile and so has Facebook, but I have never been one to immediately jump on the bandwagon of things new and cool! I had a MySpace page awhile back and looked around and searched for friends and the like, but eventually stopped going to it and before long, the damn thing just disappeared from cyberspace! So I remained old school for awhile and then heard of the hot new site called Facebook! In the beginning, I was under the impression that it was a college thing, so what was the purpose of it for someone my age! I never bothered, but eventually got around to MySpace and created another page there. My intent was just to network with other podcasters and a couple of musicians I knew! I set it up and checked it semi regularly and even found a couple of old high school friends there that I hadn’t communicated with in ages! There just didn’t seem to be allot going on at MySpace so I just got bored with it!

So one day while I was killing time, I headed over to Facebook and set up an account and started exploring. What I found amazed me and hooked me for good! I found tons of my neighbors on there having all kinds of interactions. I also found old more old high school friends, podcasters, band sites, and many cool apps! What I do see though is many people my age not using it as much as say the 20-40 year olds. I have many older friends that still use the old school which I call email and say they don’t have the time or inclination to learn or use these social networking sites. All I can say is that they are really missing out! I even got Debbie hooked on Facebook! We communicate with neighbors and friends way more than we did just using email! I have even gotten technical with linking my sites all together, which is not bad for an old fart like me! For instance, when I publish this blog post, I have a feed reader set up at Facebook that pulls in the posts I do here and shows up as notes on Facebook. When I posts status updates for Facebook, I usually use a Twitter Tweet which sends the status update not only to Facebook, but one to my MySpace Page, and also to the Twitter box on my blog! I have another feed reader at Facebook that pulls in my feed at SnoJoRadio.com and posts a note whenever I add another show there! How cool is that? I did allot of bouncing around the country when I was younger and only wish all those friends I made and barely keep in touch with would jump on the bandwagon like I did!

Talking To Animals

Well Deb and I just had an interesting weekend where we hosted an animal communication workshop at our home. Twelve people came over and joined animal communicator Mary Getten for a two day get together learning how to communicate with animals. We provided snacks, beverages, and space (not lodging) for the event. Mary is the brand new wife of one of Deb’s coworkers, that’s how we got involved. As a matter of fact, we attended their wedding just the weekend before and it was one of the funnest weddings I have been to.  It was held at Camp Moran State Park on Orcas Island and was a spiritual ceremony where we chanted songs and signed Tibetan prayer flags instead of a guest book. Very non traditional and interesting. Back to the workshop!

The first day of the workshop, we got to know one another and learned to clear our minds through meditation and silence. We also did an imagination exercise where we became an animal and lived in it’s mind and body and spirit. We also learned to help your chances of successful animal communication, you needed to relax, clear and open your mind to it, and remove the doubts that it can work. That will be my biggest problem. Not only can one learn to talk to animals living in and around you, but you can also learn to communicate with those miles away and with those whom have passed over the Rainbow Bridge. I am usually skeptical about things such as this, but tried to keep an open mind about it, and then had an experience which I wasn’t expecting. Right in the middle of these learning sessions I began to feel a great sad and unhappy feeling. It overwhelmed me as it was so unexpected. I then realized it was Simon, our recently passed kitty. He was letting me know that he was very unhappy, sad, and pissed off and was not where he was supposed to be. He was in a wrong place. I had to stop the session, because I had to relate to everyone what was happening. Deb was surprised at me and we tried to figure out what was meant by this communication. Later after everyone had left as we were tidying up, Deb all of sudden figured it out. It was a month to the day since he passed and we still hadn’t picked up his ashes from the vet. I had actually forgotten about the poor boy! We have since rectified that and he is now home with his brother and sister.

The second day, we learned more communicating and soft focusing techniques. A few of the others had brought their pets, so we had two and then three big dogs roaming the house and they also brought pictures of other pets live and passed. We learned how to try and talk with all of these creatures. Deb actually communicated with a horse miles away and I did the same. It was fascinating! One of the attendees had a chat with Muffin our second cat to go over the Rainbow Bridge. He wants to be taken out of the “living space” whatever that means. We are going to have to practice and try to talk to him again. That’s the key to this animal communication is to practice, practice, practice. So far I haven’t been diligent, but need to start because in a few weeks Deb and I are headed to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary for a volunteer vacation. I would love to communicate with some of the animals there if I can get better at it (if that’s even a possibility)!

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