While we now have access to an almost unimaginable wealth of information via the internet, one unavoidable consequence is determining the accuracy of that information. Anyone, and his brother or sister, including me, can proffer information on any number of subjects. The challenge is to weed out the accurate from the inaccurate on the web. So we verify with other sources, share ideas with others, use common sense that we probably all wish were more common sometimes, and just generally spend time making up our own mind. I think the benefits of such widely available and voluminous information far outweigh the cons, or costs. Everything we know or believe somewhere comes from a natural weeding out process. We get exposed to different … Continue reading the story "Weeding the Internet"
There is perhaps nothing more subjective than art in its many forms. Two people can look or listen to the same thing, and see or hear a completely different thing. Thankfully, we each get to have our own artistic favourites. One that I have held dear since I first heard it a few years ago, is Opera Australia’s 1993 production of La Boheme, directed by Baz Luhrmann. Starring David Hobson and Cheryl Barker, it was recorded live and is available on DVD. An editorial review on Amazon.com by Joe McLellan, describes this updated version of the famed opera as being “moved up to Paris in the 1950s. A veneer of existentialism, a sense of the absurd, … Continue reading the story "Baz Luhrmann’s La Boheme"
If you've been here in the last couple of days you've likely noticed a lot of different blog format changes, not to mention times when the blog wasn't even accessible. The feature and design changes I originally spoke of sort of took on a life of their own. One planned idea led to a dozen others, and those in turn led me down other idea paths. Each new step seemed to necessitate other changes. There may be no snow on the ground here, but things sure snowballed. :) I know some people had problems trying to comment before because of the requested login information when they went to post a reply. That has now been resolved. Just clicking "Submit Comment" is all … Continue reading the story "Blog Growing Pains"
MP3 players have been around for over a decade, but I only recently entered this world. I don’t know why I waited so long as I’m having great fun with it now. A good distraction, cool gadget (is it OK to say still say cool or is that totally uncool?), and a convenience on a number of levels, it seems the range of MP3 players offer something for everyone. In the US: Looking for a MP3 Player? Check out Newegg’s selection In Canada: Save on Select MP3 Players at Newegg.ca! While not the player I have, a nifty little one like … Continue reading the story "MP3 Player with Transparent Screen"
One of my first hands on successes with homeopathy came after a fall on the ice one winter night more than ten years ago. Slipping, feet flying out from under me, I landed so hard the wind was literally knocked out of me. I actually felt nauseous. Fortunately I was on my way home. Unfortunately, while I knew of homeopathy and had basic remedies, I did not yet carry any with me. I do now. Always. But then, I had to wait to take something until after a very painful drive home. It really is too bad one has to sit down to drive. When I got home I could already feel myself seizing up. I immediately took a few homeopathic … Continue reading the story "Thank You Arnica"
Have you ever felt that there are so many interesting things to talk or think about, that you simply don't know where to start? That's how I was feeling earlier today, trying to decide what to write about first. Since you are reading this now, and thank you for that, you can see I finally did choose something. I decided to plunge in, part of my new philosophy of “don't just plan to do something, but do it." Hardly an original idea, but hey, procrastination is just so easy isn't it? So here we go. We seem to always be hearing how expensive and ever-ballooning the cost of conventional medical care is these days. It eats up such a huge percentage … Continue reading the story "Health and Homeopathy"
If you were looking for Elizabeth Ely's Harp Page (my previous incarnation as a harpist) it's alive and well offering sound clips, CDs, and little harp ramblings just as before. However, it's address is now www.elizabethely.com/harp What you will now find at www.elizabethely.com aka Elizabeth Ely dot Com are the wanderings of my mind - a scary thought indeed. I am reminded of the saying, "We are born alone, we die alone, and in between we try to feel a little less alone." I can't remember who originally said that, if anyone out there knows... Anyway, I think one of the greatest ways to feel less alone, and in fact to be less alone, is communication in its many forms. So, … Continue reading the story "Welcome to my new blog!"