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A blog (a truncation of "weblog") is an informational website consisting of discrete, often informal diary-style text entries (posts). Posts are typically displayed in reverse chronological order so that the most recent post appears first, at the top of the web page. Until 2009, blogs were often the work of a single individual, occasionally of a small group, and often covered a single subject or topic. In the 2010s, "multi-author blogs" (MABs) emerged, featuring the writing of multiple authors and sometimes professionally edited. MABs from newspapers, other media outlets, universities, think tanks, advocacy groups, and similar institutions account for an increasing quantity of blog traffic. The rise of Twitter and other "microblogging" systems helps integrate MABs and single-author blogs into the news media. Blog can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog.

'Blog' and 'blogging' are now loosely used for content creation and sharing on social media, especially when the content is long-form and one creates and shares content on regular basis. So, one could be maintaining a blog on Facebook or blogging on Instagram. A 2022 estimate suggested that there were over 600 million public blogs out of more than 1.9 billion websites.

  • JANUARY 26
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    Epiphany Opens Our Eyes

    By Greg Richardson

    Sometimes it seems like spiritual life is all about waiting and hoping for when an epiphany opens our eyes. We believe contemplative practices help us get out of our own way and hear the wisdom of spiritual life. As we take time to breathe deeply and listen to sacred stillness we allow ourselves to hear deep truths.

    Some of us are convinced spiritual life is all about thinking. We read and research and try to reason our way to fresh insights. Spiritual life is like a puzzle waiting for us to solve it. I know people who are certain spiritual life is essentially an analytical exercise.

    Other people experience spiritual life as primarily emotional. They may not think much about spiritual life but they know how spiritual life feels. When they experience spiritual life it is affective. They feel comforted or loved or belonging.

    For some people spiritual life is primarily physical. They experience spiritual life when they are walking or running, lying in the sun or practicing yoga. Physical activity allows them to see things in new ways and find new insights. Spiritual life exists for them in relationship to their physical health and bodies.

    Each of us seeks spiritual insights and illumination in our own unique ways. We may be open to trying new approaches or practices even when we think we know what works best for us.

    Contemplative practices are based in our understanding spiritual life is working in us whatever we do. We may be more comfortable with our thinking or our physical activity. Spiritual life lives in us no matter how we understand or experience it.

    Perhaps we are ready to appreciate when an epiphany opens our eyes.

  • JANUARY 23

    Playing For Change

    Playing For Change Foundation develops music education programs in areas that are often rich in cultural traditions but limited in economic resources. Programs are free to children and provide instruction in vocals, dance, a wide range of instruments, and music theory. For many, it is the first and only opportunity to attend music and art activities.

    We use music as a tool to create positive sustainable change. However, the scope of our projects extends way beyond music, driving social impact through ongoing community led initiatives and benefiting over 15,000 people every year.

    More than 3,500 youth attend regular free classes in dance, instrument instruction, languages and musical theory, all taught by qualified, local teachers. The foundation also works with partners to help meet basic needs in our communities, which are home to some of the world’s most economically vulnerable children. This work includes providing primary education, humanitarian aid such as clean water, solar power, food, medicine, clothes, books and school supplies, and tools and training to support micro-enterprise.

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