I just woke up today feeling very blessed and grateful so I wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart

I’ve been blogging for AGES already, but this JAX project is something new + exciting.

At first US + THEM categories appeared crystal clear, within a few days their appearance have already become quite murky. Yet never fear, IDK why but it sounds good.

Today I read this post on Small Town Girl’s blog (the other day I was wondering whether she is a girl from a small town, or perhaps she is a short lady who happens to be a town girl?):

It’s a great feeling to know that whenever I get a sudden, random urge to let out my innermost thoughts and feelings, I have a platform that’s ready and waiting for me to start typing and hit ‘publish’.


This degree of AWESOMEness is of course unparalleled — except for any of the other hundreds of blogs I manage, or the many thousands of posts + sites I read, interact with, participate in, collaborate on, sort of within you and without you, all the time, for weeks, months, years, even decades since I gave up writing HTML by hand.

There are pros and cons of hitchhiking across the universe of prose and messages, sailing and surfing, flying and crashing, mashing up, tearing down, discovering new horizons. I wrote about what it means to not lose your orientation last week:

Language builds connections — insofar as it is meaningful.


I am also gushingly happy and elated that a community exists which I feel also understands language much the way I do, too. We are able to navigate to the destination almost as if instinctively, and get to the point without losing track of the big picture. We share real space, real life, cyberspace and one world.

It’s enough. It’s for all of us. We are engaged, we will work towards mutual understanding, to communicate using sufficiently similar linguistic technologies (such as compatible expressions, standarized languages, etc.).


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Let’s pretend you had a magic wand that if you shake, it will show you what the rest of your life will look like — would you give it a go or would you throw away the stick and just go with it?

Tanushree Shetty gives it a go:

I have learned over the years that playing it safe is just an illusion


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[saniasarwat.wordpress.com] “To be who we really are”

A famous writer Paulo Coelho once said, “If you want to achieve something, the whole universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” There were times when I felt that this statement was written without any research and critical knowledge and what made me think so were the disappointing and miserable situations I came across when I entered intermediate level at the college.
I selected Biology as a typical subject (the youth of our area are respected when they choose Biology or Mathematics for further studies especially at intermediate level) but I could not go with it for more than two months and I had to give up Biology and switch to Arts. I was happy with my decision unless I saw many unsolicited advice and opinions bombarding my neurons.
Barely after a few days, all my friends and relatives started questioning my subject selection with a strength and flow that was no less than water stream bursting out a water-pipe: “Why did you choose Arts?”, “Oh! So it means that you spoiled yourself”, “Are you kidding me, you should not have taken Arts” were the words that took away my peace of mind.
I was mentally unwell and felt sorry for myself. Something inside me cursed me for the decision. I felt as if I have committed the worst and unspeakable mistake of my life. My chest was burning with sorrow as the days passed by. Unable to answer their questions, my hands used to shake while meeting Science students and my mind took me to a place where I felt valueless.
I kept asking my teachers about the future of my subject and their answers cured me for one more day. But again:
“Like an Arab old and blind
some caravan has left behind”
My fear regarding the risk of my subject perpetually remained with me. With a heavy heart, I forced myself move forward. Sometimes, I tried to comfort myself with positive thoughts and kept the examples of my great teachers in mind as an inspiration.
Slowly and gradually, I convinced myself that I should move forward with my decision. My performance was good and I kept working hard. The year passed by but deep down, I was unable to get rid of my fears.
At the end of the year, we entered ‘exam preparation’ part and I kept burning the midnight oil till the examinations were held. After three months the results were announced and I was beside myself with joy to know that I had topped not only the class but the whole district (of humanities group).
It was then when I realized that I was on the right track. My abilities were in Arts and I was better off with Arts than Science. From then on, I was happy with my decision because it was the best decision for me and will always be as it was the decision of my heart which kept me closer to my personal legend. I hope that it would last forever.
It lasted long since I learned the most important lesson of life i.e. to be who I really am. People are so different from each other and no one can ever know other people’s nature to the fullest. Thus, after this experience I started believing myself and do whatever what my heart desires.
Let’s be who we really are and let’s follow our hearts. And remember, when love and hard-work together, success runs after this golden combination.

So what is your verdict now — was Paulo’s statement correct or incorrect?


[2020-04-09 17:17 UTC]

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[https://upperperk.wordpress.com] “Staying connected in a disconnected world”

There are few people I know who are more involved in others’ lives the way I am. That is not meant as a slight to others or a pat on the back to me. I use it as information to give credibility to the information I plan to share. As soon as this virus hit, my world of connecting spun out of control. Normally I literally sit with 10 to 12 people a week outside of meetings and my other church and life responsibilities. As a result, I had to take a hard look at what connecting looked like now that I couldn’t connect in the traditional ways. Going into week 3 or 4, I have already lost track, let me share a few things I have learned and am learning.

  1. Rest is important. As I learned what to do, I have also learned that I too need to take this time of readjustment to do a better job of unplugging, slowing down and learning what stillness before God looks like better. So those of you driven ones like me, read and apply this first.
  2. Limit your time in the news and news feeds. What does that have to do with being connected? If you are constantly trying to stay connected with all that is available through the various sources of news and information you will literally use all your time in what can easily create additional stress, frustration and confusion. You can also go the other way and watch so much comedic snippets, videos and the like that you have no idea what and who are even alive😊. The challenge is real then to have any time to try to connect to and develop further your relationships with people.
  3. Be willing to go old school. Pick up your phone, no, not to text, but to call. Yes, I said call. You know where you hit the numbers and talk to a person on the other end? There is nothing quite like hearing a human voice when you can’t talk face to face. There are also free teleconferencing lines that you can use to talk to a group of people. Another practice I have found is writing letters. I am taking time each day to write a couple of letters of encouragement or connectivity. Taking the time to think through who and what you want to write is helpful to process the blessings you have in your life. It’s also a great way to get the kids involved. Pull out the construction paper, crayons and markers and have them write little notes or make pictures for people and mail them off.
  4. Technology can be connecting. There is tech that is all one sided but there is also interactive tech. Why not use Zoom or WebEx and invest in discipleship, Bible studies, family game nights or other creative things? Seeing a person and hearing them when you can’t be with them is a shadow of the norm but at least it is a shadow. It also grows the longing to be able to be together again.
  5. Do a drive by. There are ways to stay safe and distanced without taking risks. I have been stopped as I walked on the side of the road, had people talk to me from the sidewalk as we stood in the driveway and even chatted from car to car. There are some of you who would not feel comfortable doing that at all and others that did not even think of that and might like to try it. Above all, follow the safety guidelines set up, but these can be creative ways that you can see each other when you can’t be with each other.

These are just a few things that I have done. Maybe my thoughts will get some of your own going too. The bottom line is this: connectivity is a command not a suggestion by God. So, when you can’t connect the way you want to, why not try some alternative ways until we really can all meet again.

Hello Pastor 🙂

you mention technology — most people do not consider natural language to be a technology, but I do. For example, “connection” is a very important concept to me (and my work) — and it is via this concept (and more broadly, then technology of natural language) that I found your post.

As far as I know, (natural) language is also first and foremost in the Bible. It’s right there in Genesis 1:1 , right?

I wrote this recently:


Do you have an opinion on it?


🙂 nmw

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[2020-04-09 12:28 UTC]

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