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A Longitudinal Analysis of Weblogs: 2003-2004

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Language Networks on LiveJournal

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Adolescent Diary Weblogs and the Unseen Audience

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Conversations in the Blogosphere: An Analysis "from the Bottom Up". Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS-38) Best Paper Nominee.

Weblogs as a bridging genre

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Bridging the Gap: A Genre Analysis of Weblogs. Winner of the 2004 EduBlog Awards as best paper.

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Women and Children Last: The Discursive Construction of Weblogs

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I do not plan on submitting articles for publication until I have defended my qualifying paper - expected to happen during Spring Semester 2008.


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The Performativity of Naming: Adolescent Weblog Names as Metaphor

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Buxom Girls and Boys in Baseball Hats: Adolescent Avatars in Graphical Chat Spaces

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Adolescents and Teens Online Bibiliography
Last updated July 8, 2005.

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Last Updated November 22, 2005.

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New books are added but reading status is rarely accurate.


June 26, 2007

I Needed the Quiet

I found a beautiful plaque on eBay - I am the eBay Queen you know LOL - and I hung it in my bedroom when it arrived yesterday.  I think this poem is going to be the story of my little yellow house.

I Needed the Quiet

"The words of wise men are heard in
quiet" -- Ecclesiastes 9:17

I needed the quiet, so He took me aside,
Into the shadows where we could confide,
Away from the bustle where all the day long
I hurried and worried, when active and strong.

I needed the quiet, though at first I rebelled,
But gently, so gently, the cross He upheld,
And whispered so sweetly of spiritual things,
Though weakened in body, my spirit took wings
To heights never dreamed of when active and gay,
He loved me so gently, He drew me away.

I needed the quiet. No prison my bed,
But a beautiful valley of blessing instead,
A place to grow richer, in Jesus to hide--
I needed the quiet, so He drew me aside.

– Alice H. Mortenson

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June 19, 2007

A new home for my new life

Well I've begun my new, soon-to-be-single-again, life by moving into a house that is perfect for me. LOL You win some and then you win some. I've been promising some folks pictures for a couple of weeks now, so here are outside shots. You won't get many inside shots until I'm completely unpacked, which will probably be middle to late July...my new desk isn't even being shipped until July 6th.
Ok so let's get the one and only thing wrong with this place totally out into the open...it has Harvest Gold colored siding. Well you know it could have much worse things wrong with it. LOL Like soon-to-be-exhusband's (STBEx) house does. So if this is the worst thing I can come up with, we are DEFINITELY doing just fine. LOL
The house is surrounded by fields, this season they are seed corn fields with huge irrigation systems. Sadly the irrigation is running a lot since we are in drought. You can just barely make out the running overhead irrigation system in this picture.
The house is a two bedroom, one up and one down. It also has an attached two car garage and a nice breezeway between the house and garage. The breezeway is cat territory, and they seem to really enjoy just hanging-out out there. My psycho kitty even seems calmer here, and she is actually using her litter box...but more on that later probably.

The previous picture shows the lovely bay window in the "dining room". Of course I'm not using it as a dining room, I'm using it as a living room and am making the living room into my study. Come on who of us doesn't spend more time in the study than in most any other room of the house? So since I'm the only human living here I might as well use the best room as the place I spend the most time. The cats don't care what I use the rooms for as long as the doors are open to them and they have lots of windows to sleep in.

The house also has two porches, one on the main house and one on the breezeway. My plants have taken over both...I had nothing to do with it. LOL I spend at least some time each evening, and often several times throughout the day, just sitting on the porch and being surrounded by the quiet. Quiet was not something you ever really got at STBEx's house...he had to have noise, as does his father, and the house is on a busy country thoroughfare so it was very rarely anything close to quiet. I love the quiet, and the low distant hummm of I-65, roughly 2 miles away as the crow flies, on I-65 I can get anywhere I need to be and get home to my little yellow country place.

There are several mature trees on the property, as well as an old falling down barn (not pictured). This one is on the eastside of the backyard and has become my "lounging" area. I don't spend as much time there as I would like, I'm still unpacking and sorting and running and doing stuff because of the move and the divorce.

At the old house the only high speed internet access available to me, at least for several years, was satellite. I bought a system and paid a high monthly fee to use it...our old dialup was so slow I simply could not stay connected to university systems. Well now I have a really large boat-anchor in my garage because the new house is connected to the internet wirelessly. This tiny "sign" is the antenna. And believe you me, wireless beats satellite hands down. This system is so fast that sometimes I am just awestruck.

My provider Citizen Communication Corp Broadband has one of their two local towers less then a mile away from my house. When I called them about service they asked me if I could see the tower from my house and I paused, the sales person quickly jumped in saying "Can you at least see the light on top?" I laughed and said, "I was trying to decide if I can see half of it or 2/3rds." LOL She immediately said "Then we should be able to set you up no problem." And they did exactly that...with no problems.

And now for those that are interested in what the house looks like inside, here's a little taste. This is the main entry hall as seen from the study, my desk chair actually. The floors on the first floor have been painted white. My denim carpets will be down in two of the three main rooms, I need to get the last one down in the living room. So far my decorating style is "shabby chic" though in truth I've been shabby chic all my life and didn't know it until lately.

For those that don't know, shabby chic is the current rage using old furniture and surroundings that have been distressed and look lived in and on. LOL Well for a country girl whose furniture has been acquired mostly through inheritance or auction, shabby chic is just how it is. LOL I love it I'm in style...live long enough and everything comes around again.

Oh, and the green leather basket on the stair post is my "upstairs/downstairs" basket. During the day I put whatever needs to go upstairs into it and when I go up I take it with me. Then at night I put in whatever needs to come downstairs, and reverse the process. Not a new idea...but it is a newish basket...I found that beauty on a clearance rack for $5.00. I have no idea why it was there but I'm glad it was.

Well that is a quick look at my new digs in the sticks of Southern Indiana, well barely Southern now. I think in fact I'm more Central Indiana here. Either way...it's my quiet safe secure home where I can write and recuperate from the last year, aka the missing year.

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