Monday, August 28, 2006


We who are friends have agreed to hold each other in esteem and with a certain respect for the differences that we find in each other as well as the similarities.

If we do not embrace our differences, then we are not really friends-- we have become members of a club that strives for uniformity.

If we remain threatened by what we do not understand, we will fail to discern that which can also unify us in a deepening accord.

If we hide from our fears, then we will remain as children waiting for others to come and rescue us.

Friendship is built first on equality. Without equality what we have is either a business relationship or a power struggle.

We who wish to be peacemakers must also be bridgebuilders. As such, we reach out to those who are not of us. Only by this reaching will true peace ever be able to enter into this world.

~sapphoq n friends

Saturday, August 19, 2006


Next week sometime I will be meeting the Crow in person for the second time and eating in a restaurant with him, also for the second time.

The Crow is a genius-- gifted, has a mark of distinction [got thrown out of 369-land for daring to blog honestly and with talent], is a great artist, and a good friend.

Our tentative friendship began in 369-land and proceeded to his introducing me to the benefits of domain ownership to an e-group in common to my discovery of psp 10 to another e-group [his, this time] where I am surrounded by other talented computer artists.

A big shout-out to the Crow from sapphoq!
Love ya Crow, mean it.

Saturday, August 12, 2006


Today's post is in honor of my good friend Ei who has managed not to have a cigarette for a year!
The news article excerpt below is more than a year old however I thought it was a nice way to
pay tribute to Ei's accomplishment today.

Nonsmokers report better health and fewer symptoms of depression than smokers

Medical Study News
Published: Monday, 25-Jul-2005

People who have successfully quit smoking cigarettes are more likely to have visited a trusted health care provider and to report good mental health than current smokers, according to a recent study.
The analysis may help "identify individuals in need of additional resources and assist in efforts to more effectively target the next generation of tobacco control strategies," say authors led by Lila J. Finney Rutten of the National Cancer Institute.
The study, in the current issue of American Journal of Health Behavior, found those who had never smoked and sustained quitters - those who had not smoked for at least a year - were more likely to have health insurance and a usual source of care than current smokers. They were also more likely to have seen a health-care provider within the last 12 months and reported higher levels of trust in the information they received.
In addition, nonsmokers reported better health and fewer symptoms of depression than current smokers.... for the full article.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006


I urgently needed a few days off but I knew that getting them would be next to impossible if I asked directly. Instead I jumped from the desk onto a ceiling fan and hung upside-down from it. My office-mate asked me what I was doing. I said, "I'm pretending to be a lightbulb, because I want a few days off."

Just then the boss walked in. "Get down from that ceiling!" he shouted. "I'm a lightbulb!" I shouted back. "A beautiful sexy lightbulb!"

He told me to go home for a few days since obviously I was stressed out and needed a doctor's care. I jumped off of the ceiling fan and started for the door. My office-mate was following me. "Where are you going?" he asked her. "I'm going home too," she told him. "I can't very well work in the dark!"

a joke making the internet rounds.
no ceiling fans were hurt in its' creation.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006


Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.
- Anais Nin

To my friends, I appreciate you more than words will ever be able to say.