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Newly painted wall in Tara's room

I finished painting my daughter’s room. Dark grey. I protested, not a little. She stood firm (ooh, I raised an independent girl. A fact which bites me in the butt sometimes). It wasn’t until I got all the way around with the first coat, and could see it more or less in a complete state, that I realized it looks nice. Tara said, “I like how you called it ‘my cave’ Mom, because it is! It’s my cave!”

Grey. What a color.

I want to know her desperately. And, she shares a lot, but she is also very private. I think it is the time when I will begin to be left out of a significant portion of her life inside her head. I don’t want to let her get that far away from me. I think she is such an incredible person who is so different from me and so interesting and amazing, I just want the inside scoop forever. But now she has a cave, and it’s her space. Not mine.

{Note: Prior to taking up residence at Word Press, I belonged to a community of bloggers at Gaia, which had previously been Zaadz. This post originally appeared on that blog host site.}

I am so disappointed to see all this advertisement on these surrounding pages: “GAIA soulmates. You’re single but not alone. Find your kindred spirit.” Whose idea was this? What have you done?

gag me

I am not here to date, nor do I want to participate in a dating website. It’s great that this site allows us to network with a greater percentage of like-minded people, and of course more of us will be attracted to each other because of that. Let’s let things happen on their own, in the background, and allow the more important messages of: saving our own souls, improving the lives of those we touch, making our planet brighter, and humanity more hopeful, allow those kinds of things to take precedence.

my Gaia profile image

Did a female head the committee to make this happen? A female on the Internet is already painfully aware that she will be hunted by hopeful males without ever sending out an invitation. I have so far not had to deal with that as much at Gaia/Zaadz than at other websites, and I’ve been GRATEFUL. (though I still refuse to put a photo of myself on my profile, for added protection)

My fear now is that this will be another hunting website, when I’m trying to focus on how I can make my world a better place through my attitudes, actions, and choices.

Comments from the old blog:


I totally agree with you. While I am and have been a part of dating websites before, nothing is more frustrating then getting mating calls on non-dating websites. When I sign onto any of my networking, non-dating sites, I don’t want to have to worry about politely refusing whatever comes out of the woodwork.


Me too, J. I’ve been on plenty of dating websites, and I’m not knocking them. I guess I was just hoping for a little bit more choice over whether I’d be on one or not. Gah! “Politely refusing” gets tedious. Thanks for knowing what I’m talking about so I feel less like a self-righteous arrogant *itch. (wink)

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