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Tuesday, November 28, 2006

A meme a day....maybe not.

A meme is a unit of cultural information, such as a cultural practice or idea, that is transmitted verbally or by repeated action from one mind to another. The word meme was coined by an evolutionary biologist in 1976. In blogland, a meme is an idea that is shared and passed from blog to blog, such as a question that is posted on one blog and then is somehow answered on other blogs. There are lists of meme's on the web that can be answered by anyone. Here are some websites, among many unlisted ones, that give examples of meme's: Meme's list, The Daily Meme, Friday's feast, The Thursday Threesome, and Unconcious Mutterings. I think that every once and a while I will answer a meme on my blog.

Here is my first one:

I say...and you think...?
Rhyme: lime
Substantial: reason
Instant: pudding
Greed: bad
Brad: crazy man
Season: fall
Accomplished: sister
Invite: party
Sparkle: sunlight
Rainbow: long

(Isn't free association fun? I wonder what the words I chose say about me?)


Josh said...

Rhyme: time
Substantial: filling food
Instant: gratification
Greed: wealth
Brad: Pitt
Season: spice
Accomplished: completion
Invite: party
Sparkle: Diamond (nieces pretend name)
Rainbow: homosexual

Hope Muntz said...

Hi, I noticed your name in a comment window on another blog, so I decided to check yours out too. I really like the way you make your family come alive and create a sense of yourself as a person.

I also noticed that you suffer from insomnia like me. I have one huge failing (well several), and that's I'm a big know-it-all. So maybe you've heard all this advice before, but here goes anyway:

I assume you know all the medical advice: don't use your bed for anything but sleeping (no reading, eating, TV, etc). I also assume you've tried all the prescription meds like ambien, lunestra, etc etc and either they didn't work for you or (like me) you hate the side-effects...

So here's what I do--I take a melatonin and a valerian (root, not leaf) capsule at bedtime. Also, no coffee after morning and no chocolate after lunch (major sacrifice!). And then, if I'm still too stressed to sleep, I use my secret weapon: Books on Tape (or CD or whatever). As a librarian you will have access to lots of these.

I could write a book about them since I've listened to so many. The trick is to find really great readers reading books that will give you comfort and good dreams. My faves include barbara Rosenblatt (Elizabeth Peters' series), George Guidall (Cat Who), Jim Dale (harry Potter), and Rob Inglis (LOTR and Forsyte Saga). All of these are wonderful to fall asleep to, and you will find yourself doing it earlier and earlier each night.

Two warnings: TV does not have the same effect. And do not drive and listen after the 'therapy' starts--otherwise you coud end your life prematurely as I almost did on an Ohio Interstate.