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Wednesday, July 29, 2009


Pin It Why ‘Four Perspectives’?

Well, as you might guess, having one voice is fine and dandy, having another raises the ante…three makes it all the better, while four is a nice number to share the workload. Hence, it is now shared.

What’s your blog about?

We’d like to think that our blog is about this, that, and the other…but mostly ‘the other.’ While many blogs tend to focus on one person’s family life and struggles, Four Perspectives takes on the viewpoints of life from the vantage point of four different individuals all in different phases of their lives, each going through separate sets of challenges and their proverbial ‘a-ha’ moments in daily living.

We write to connect with our readers and share moments with which we can all relate.

How could I contact you?

Email us at fourperspectivesblog@gmail.com; however, if you’d like to hear from one of us in particular, just mention this choice little tidbit in your subject line and that person will respond to you personally—always a treat.

How do I become a guest blogger?

Sending us a post or a sample of your writing via email is usually the best method; however, it might take us a little while to get back to you— since we all still have regular lives. We ask that posts be true, insightful, humorous, and/or uplifting…after all, who needs another blog about doing laundry and ‘look at how cute my kids and pets are?’ The web is already inundated with those.

One of us will respond to you via email about your post; however, if yours isn’t selected, don’t be offended—it just might not be quite right for us right now. As Aaron Rose once said, “In the right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary.” If the time is not right for that particular post right now, send us another one—we love diversity.

If you are invited to be a guest blogger, be forewarned that we do reserve the right to edit for clarity, content, grammar, and length. Also, be prepared to submit a photo of yourself and a brief author sketch; you know—something peppy, something snappy…

How do you all know each other?

The Four Perspectives actually started out when three of the perspectives’ lives intersected because of an elementary school—no, we didn’t attend together as kids, we all were just there for various reasons and connected in some way or fashion because of it.

Later, Lori was met though the magical world of the bloggosphere and we all became friends...you know, sticking up for each other on the playground and stuff like that.

Now, here we are...all together.

How can I read entries by just one of you?

Just click the image of the author in the left-hand column and it will summon up all the entries written by that particular Perspective. Kind of convenient, isn't it? OR you can simply click the links at the top with each writer's name...

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Pin It Four Perspectives. You can be assured to find a posts from us interweaving throughout the weeks and months; each of us takes a day or four per month - whatever we feel up to writing - and usually reserve Fridays for a guest or two.

Gerb. I am a Professional Domestic Goddess with one talented husband and nine spunky kids. My other loves include Deaf culture & American Sign Language, singing at the top of my lungs, making (and eating) baked goods, being with good people and finding a fantastic bargain. On my happiest days you can find me rollerskating down the local River Trail or playing songs for deserving someones on my accordion. For lack of a better way to explain it, I am someone whose life has been profoundly influenced by great books and good music. Plus I love to read… and write.

Teachinfourth. I am a veteran fifth grade teacher who never actually intended to live in the state of Utah; so, what was the plan? Originally it was to get a degree and get out as fast as possible—crashing here was just one of the curses of landing a job straight out of the chute. I am a juggler of butcher knives, reader of stories with a dozen different voices, and was an extra in High School Musical III—totally not kidding; unfortunately all of my scenes ended up on the cutting room floor. I have a strong interest in photography—mostly from my mom and grandfather, hiking lonely desert vistas, and carry a secret affinity for fine maple bars; so far, Dunford is the clear winner.

Mel. I am a once divorced, once widowed mother of two almost grown-up boys. I currently work with troubled youth which is ironic since I am so often troubled myself. I love being involved with performing arts, especially with elementary-age school kids. In my opinion everybody secretly wishes that every once in awhile the world would just turn into one of those great old MGM musicals where everybody magically knows the lyrics and we can all dance like Fred and Ginger.

Lori. Sometimes I look in the mirror and think, “who are you, and what did you do with Lori?” And then the feeling fades gently away, as I remember with a slight start that I will be 35 years old soon. It seems like just a few days ago that I stood in front of the mirror-fronted medicine cabinet in the old house on Westbrook and seesawed back and forth. Teacher/FBI? Teacher/FBI? On the one hand, I could maintain order and sanity with a rowdy, potentially unappreciative group of teenagers. On the other, I could carry and potentially shoot a gun. But I would probably have to run. Like, maybe a mile or more. That decided me. My Native American name would be So Not Into Running.

So, instead, I married my high school sweetheart, became an English teacher, started having babies, became a SAHM, and somewhere, in all the mix, became Myself. And I kind of like myself, because I don’t really define myself by any one thing, or one moment, one choice, or one person…but by a mix of many things, moments, choices, and individuals. You’ll get a feel for those, and who I am, as you read my posts here, and At Day’s End.

(Oh, and I still got to shoot that gun.)
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