Monday, May 30, 2011

Away One Year


It has been, and continues to be an overwhelming year.  I'll save that for another time.

Martha at Menagerie has started something new to attempt to draw bloggers into new sense of community.  She's describing it as a virtual cocktail party.  The idea is to write a blog post at least once a weekend and then link through her blog to the community.  She's suggested a little blurb about what's gone on that week, or a recipe, a photo....just about anything.  Click here for more details and to join in.

I have missed that feeling since the demise of AOL journals.  It was SO different back then.  I've missed the connection that we used to have.  So, I want to support Martha in this effort and hopefully regain some of the community spirit we used to enjoy.

I've been away for the last year for a couple of reasons, but the most significant is the tough times my family has been facing.  We're still in the midst of it and there's a lot of uncertainty.  I hope that maybe I can use these posts to put some focus on what's positive.

With that...

I want to share a big music event that's going on today....right now! (a fan site for Bruce Hornsby) is running a fund raising event for 25 hours in support of two great causes, the ALS Association and the National Society of the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (in the UK).   For 25 hours, at, live recordings are being posted for free download.  Each hour five additional downloads are from each from five great artisits (Bruce Hornsby, Bela Fleck, The Grateful Dead, Phish, and Dave Matthews).  The downloads are completely free but the hope is that listeners will choose to help to support these causes by making a donation via the links provided on the site.

I invite you visit the site, download and enjoy the music and consider supporting these worthy organizations.  If you like these bands, this is a chance to grab music that is not in wide release.  And if you're a fan of one, chances are you will like it all.  It's a rare opportunity!

Happy Memorial Day everyone

***Quick edit...I just made the rounds of the links posted so far.  Everyone's offering up some pretty amazing recipes.  All we need is the music!  Who's ready to dance?


Martha (MM) said...

Thanks so much for stopping back over to link up Kat. It's so good to see a post here. I too hope this might bring back that sense of community we once had - we can only try! :-)

~3 Sides of Crazy~ said...

Welcome to the party Kat!

Monica said...

Sounds like fun and like you, I've really missed the connection we had at AOL Journals. I'll go check out the cocktail party and play along.

And like you, it's been an overwhelming year for us - in many ways. It would be nice to focus on some of the positive in our lives. And there has been some of that too - if just gets buried with all the muck.

Lisa :-] said...

Facebook and other social media have taken over the "community" aspect that we once shared at AOL-J. And, of course, they OVERdo it just doesn't appeal to me.

I have five or six faithful friends from aol who still read my blog and comment, and for whom I reciprocate. No one writes as much as they used to, but we still keep up with each other. I think the best way to re-invigorate the community is just to put yourself out there. Just...write. Sometimes it's hard, when what's going on in your life seems too huge to splatter on a page. That's when I turn to little the weather or my pets, or my garden or a piece of music. It's all good.

I know you read and comment at Coming To Terms, Kat. It warms my heart to know you're still out there after all these years. But I sure wish you could post a line or two now and then... Miss You! :)

JACKIE said...

Hey Kat, long time no read.

I don't even hit Facebook that much. I mean how many times can you tell people you're having coffee and granola for breakfast or oh goodie the squirrels are back. Another day same squirrels.

Barbara said...

I just happened to pop over to your blog and was so happy to see an update. Back in the day of AOL journals I was a lurker.... I keep up with a couple of blogs I found back then and now try to write daily. It's cathartic. I'll have to check out Martha's link up.