Why Sophie will never be a jogger blogger.


My readers quickly learn Sophie George walks around Dorado Circle twice every early morning.  It never would occur to her to jog.  Not any more than it would occur to her to blog.

Her generation — my own — is astonished — maybe I should say appalled — by the amount of blah-blah-blah-blah on the Internet these days.  Just when we are getting into the swing of texting, after having mastered  e-mails, along comes this new medium with a voracious appetite for words.

Note:  I did not say ideas.  Sometimes blogs contain opinions.  But a blogger usually does not invite prolonged discussion.  Feedback?  Comments? Well, yes, if you can keep them to 45 characters or 5 minutes of reading time.

My publicist apparently got ahead of the shipping department, as I have not yet received copies of  SOPHIE REDESIGNED, but  I have received  “leads.”  Nine yesterday, 11 today – and they all want a book to “review.”  What I found out is that most of these requests come from book bloggers.  There’s a whole stratosphere out there composed of people who blah-blah-blah-blah about books.  Some of them only blah-blah.  A few are very good reviewers and are high in the ranks of reviewers on Amazon (that’s another phenomenon, best left for another day).

Suffice it to say that I will be as skeptical as Sophie George and will not send out free books to everybody who says they are interested in having one.  I check every name against a presence on the Web.  If they look legit — good!  What I am really hoping for is invitations to lead discussions starting with questions suggested on this website.  Can women count on men to support them all their lives?  Is killing for revenge okay?  Once we reach retirement, must we tell our children about ALL our activities?

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    • karen

      Ha! And I just learned lol does not mean “lots of love.” I’ve been signing my texts to grandkids with “lol” and they probably do! Welcome back.

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    • karen

      Go ahead, State your case. If you are young, then I can understand why you disagree. However, my opinions do come from somewhere — about 72 years of experience. On the other hand, I blog. It’s a form of communication, but a lot of us are disturbed that “tweets” don’t have have much depth. Rvrn r-mails fail to communicate what’s really on a person’s mind. It’s all shorthand and short interest span. As for visuals, I’m trying to get photos in, but time is of the essence. I have six grandchildren, and trying tosqueeze all this in between two summer trips and getting WINDOW ON TH POND read for publication. My days are getting shorter, too. t 72 a person needs more sleep — or at least I do.

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      Nothing ever “becomes of Darwinism.” I expect that’s what you meant to say. Look the term up for correct spelling, darling, and you’ll learn a great deal about how Charles Darwin became credited with the idea that life evolves rather than was plunked down here on earth just as people knew it in his lifetime. In fact, he wasn’t the only person working on this theory, but he was the one who was invited on journeys with scientists to look at animal and plant life in faraway places, and — well, just GOOGLE Darwinism and you’ll discover how he came to his way of thinking. There were of course huge debates, as many people of the time were more certain of what they read in the Bible than what they heard out of the mouths of scholars. The debate still goes on to this day. You are suggesting, I gather, that I will become extinct by not using all the new technology for communication that comes my way. I’m not the only one who feels overwhelmed and underimpressed. Look at all the writing about it in the newspapers, magazines, and online, even on other blogs. My assertion that there is too social networking to keep up with is based on my formula of dividing my own energy into 24 hours a day. The kind of Darwinism you are talking about leads to the question of which of these modes will survive in their present form, if any.

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      Quality is what I try for. I hope to engage more healthcare people in discussion and at book signings. I have two coming up: one in Tucson at Clues Unlimited, August 28th, and one at Janke Book Store, Wausau, WI, September 10 or 11. I’ll post these later. I’m trying to connect with health care professionals in the Wisconsin River Valley who specialize in aging and elder care and who may also have some good resources. Know any?

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    • karen

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