Saturday, 11 December 2010

Welcome to a river of stones!



(If you’re reading this after the 1st of January, it’s not too late to join us. Just notice one thing properly today and write it down in your notebook, or on your blog. You can either carry on until the end of January or do 31 consecutive days. You can then submit your writing for inclusion in our ‘river of stones’ book in the middle of February. Read one for more information!) 


Novelist Fiona Robyn and her fiance Kaspa are curating a new event beginning on January the 1st 2011: a river of stones.

Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to pay attention to one thing every day during the month of January and write it down. We call these pieces of writing small stones. We're especially interested in both 'writers' and 'non-writers' taking part - it's not about the finished product, it's about the process.

What is a small stone? 

A small stone is a polished moment of paying proper attention.

You can see many fine examples at our sister blogzine, a handful of stones. You can read more about the birth of the concept of small stones here and how to write them here. There are some examples of my own below.

Why would you want to join in?

Because choosing something to write about every day will help you to connect with yourselves, with others, and with the world. It will help you to love everything you see - the light and the dark, the happy and the sad, the beautiful and the ugly.

You don't have to be a 'writer' to get involved. The PROCESS of paying attention is what's important. I'd especially like 'writers' and 'non-writers' to get involved. If you'd rather not publish your small stones on a blog, you can write them in a note-book. It could change your entire year...

Will you join us?

How you can get involved: (all optional - I'd love it if you just wrote along at home!)

1. Any help with spreading the word would be much appreciated. Put the badge on your blog, pass this blog address on to your friends, interview me or mention the project on your blog, put details about 'a river of stones' on Facebook and Twitter, email your friends or tell them what you're doing over coffee and cake. Write 'a river of stones' in the sky with your little aeroplane.

2. Let me know the web address where you'll be posting the small stones and I'll add you to the blogroll here.

3. I'll be sending out occasional emails to let everyone know how we're getting on - if you'd like me to include you in these, send me an email (telling me which blog is yours) to fiona@fionarobyn.com.

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11 month old Florence says look!
every ten minutes there is something new to fill her up with awe

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today I saved the life of a pocket-sized mouse -
he had twitching whiskers and trembled in my hand
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the moon is so transparent you could slip a thumb-nail under the edge and peel it from the sky

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Three days later the sleeping fox is still stretched out on the same patch of grassy verge. The wind makes waves in his pale biscuit fur.
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The buds on the magnolia trees are pink-tinted and fat. Pull up a chair; wait for them to go bang.

284 comments:

  1. I am in! Just the right thing for January. Thank you!

    Deb (at http://stoneymoss.org, not my old blog Google links to my name.)

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  2. I'm in. Novpad was too stressful, but I think stones I can handle. Looking forward to trying!

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  3. Deb - thanks for sharing on Facebook - honoured to have you on board. You were the second on the list!

    Susan - I'm so glad you're excited - I'm excited too! Does that mean you're in?

    Margo - good to meet you - and excellent news that you're joining us.

    Susan & Margo and anyone else - I'll be keeping in touch with participating NaSmaStoMoers by email so do email me at fiona@fionarobyn.com if you'd like to be included. And please help me spread the word on Facebook and Twitter - just post a link to this blog. Yay!

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  4. Well I would like to try - am not normally known for brevity!! good for me I think

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  5. Excellent Alberta - do send me your url and I'll add you to the blogroll...

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  6. I was looking for something to reenergize the creative side...I'd like to join in, but I think I'll integrate it into my existing blog:
    http://sunflowerroots.blogspot.com

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  7. Brilliant Sue. I've added you to the blogroll - do email me if you'd like me to keep in touch every so often. Welcome on board!

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  8. Hmmm.....perhaps. Yes, perhaps I will do this. I like this idea. Perhaps I could do this ... Let me think for a minute .... [in the meantime I'll put it on Facebook]...

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  9. Karyn - oooh, I don't want to put any pressure on you... do sleep on it - but a mention on FB would be very lovely. Thank you.

    Vanessa - YAY! Vanessa's in!

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  10. (PS people don't forget to send me a quick email so I can keep in touch... fiona@fionarobyn.com)

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  11. Sitting here seeing everyone joining in is lovely. Especially as I get to see Fiona smile each time someone joins.

    I'm going to play too. Have set up a new blog: another small stone and will see how many days I can manage in January before failing ;)

    Kaspa

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  12. ok, i'll try it out. (found out through Karyn Eisler on facebook).

    Nora Nadjarian
    (Cyprus)
    www.bettyboopinspired.blogspot.com

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  13. I will be posting my small stones here: http://susansonnenmuses.wordpress.com/

    Thanks! :D

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  14. I'm in! Though I'm having a hectic schedule these days, I hope things will cool down by January.

    I'll be posting my stones on my blog: http://aysceel.wordpress.com

    Thanks for the idea!

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  15. Kaspa - here's another :)
    Nora - fab - thanks for your email.
    Susan - ta, you're on the blogroll...
    Manar - great to have you along...

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  16. I'm in too. Dont' know how good they'll be, but I'll give it a go. I'll be posting on http://www.simon-on-writing.com.

    Love this idea.

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  17. Fiona, a wonderful way to begin a new year. I'm in!

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  18. Hi Fiona..I've signed up!
    www.soulsisters40plus.blogspot.com
    Thanks for setting this up :-)

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  19. This sounds a perfect plan for January. Count me in! Not sure how I do a link to a blog but I'll get help with that. Thank you Fiona.

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  20. Simon - glad it's all sorted. Welcome.

    Robin - excellent - and thank you for posting on FB! Which url will you use?

    soulsister - your badge looks great! welcome... will add you to the blogroll now.

    Jan - let me know if you need help setting up a blog - I use blogger.com and it's quite straightforward. Welcome!

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  21. Would be great, but I'm not sure I can come up with small stone in English every day. I will try to keep posting everyday in January, though, on my Danish language blog.

    I can't wait to see all the other small stones around here :-D

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  22. It will be lovely to have some Danish small stones, Kirsten... you're on the list!

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  23. Fiona, I'll post at my blog, Gemini on Twin Creek:
    www.robin-turner.blogspot.com

    Excited!

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  24. Thank you - you're on the blogroll! Excited too :)

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  25. I'm in, Fiona. Thanks! http://lemonadeistaken.blogspot.com

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  26. Oh, VERY pleased Jessica. Love your writing. Will add you to blogroll!

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  27. I would like to say...I'm in!

    I'll post at www.itslovelyannie.com

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  28. Annie - hurray! You're on the list - drop me a quick email if you'd like me to stay in touch. Your blog is looking very fine by the way...

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  29. I'm in, too. It seems a bit daunting, but I'll give it a whirl.

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  30. Sounds like great fun. I'm in. My stones will appear at

    http://matthewpeterross.wordpress.com/

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  31. 'Hello Fiona,
    Thank you for this invitation.
    I really like to join the river of stones.
    tell what I have to do.
    Namo Amida Bu

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  32. To anon, daunted - excellent. Remember, it's just ONE THING a day... it only takes twenty seconds to properly observe something. If you properly observe it, the writing it down won't be so hard...

    Matthew - lovely to have you join. Will add you to the blogroll, email if you'd like me to send you occasional updates.

    Anon - Namo Amida Bu - have replied elsewhere!

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  33. Hi Fiona

    I'm in! Just created a brand new blog...never done this before so may take a while to get the design right, but excited! http://apondfulofripples.blogspot.com

    Not really a writer, but can't wait to get started....

    MUCH better than new years resolutions!

    lots of love

    Mel xx

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  34. I'm in, too, Fiona -- great idea that will help me get through January!

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  35. I am in! Thank you.

    TR
    www.trryan.com

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  36. Fiona,
    Great idea!
    Can I join too? I've already set up a new category!!
    http://stellapierides.com/category/projects/a-stream-of-stones

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  37. I totally want to do this.
    Most likely, the stones will appear at my live journal ( http://spacedlaw.livejournal.com/ ).

    I have already twitted this article and put a link of FB.

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  38. Yep I'm in. I was actually thinking of something similar for myself on the lines of gratitude but the two would fit nicely. I shall try and blog my small stones daily on - http://www.wrightstory.blogspot.com but should I be unable to I shall write in my notebook and update on my blog when I can. You know my email so please do send me updates, that would be great.

    I best get the funky new badge on my blog - well done Kaspa. He's mighty talented & useful that fiance of yours ;-)

    Hugs
    Kat X

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  39. Joining up. Have added to facebook.
    May put my posts on facebook.
    Sounds good. Good luck xxx

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  40. I'd like to try this.

    I'll post on my blog and add the button.

    agathos-nex.blogspot.com

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  41. Brilliant! I'm Sure Fiona will log-on and thank you all personally but I'm really chuffed so many people are still signing up :)

    ~kaspa

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  42. This sounds so interesting - I'll do it within my blog as I can't cope with another at the moment! Small Stones from Catalunya....a challenge to my verbosity and La Mandra. thanks Kate
    www.thecatalanway.blogspot.com

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  43. Kaspa is right I'm very chuffed. I'm away from home at the moment but will add you all to the blogroll when I'm back. Keep spreading the word!

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  44. I don't make resolutions, but today I bought an extra diary - just a plain two-day per page diary - with the intention of using January's pages for Small Stones - and go from there. So I'm in.

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  45. Please add me - I'm more of a visual person than a wordy one - excited!!
    http://stonesinmyshoes.tumblr.com
    will email deets too.

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  46. I may try; I tend to sabotage myself if I am expected to do something daily.
    Viv
    This won't let me comment with my blog title which is http://zenandtheartoftightropewalking.wordpress.com

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  47. Well I love the idea, I'm in!

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  48. Mel, Beth, T.R., Stella, Spacedlaw, Kat, Kate, e.gajd, Kate, mysterious Anon with a lovely stone site... welcome! I've added you to the blogroll - if you haven't emailed and would like updates pls do.

    Sue, Marit, Janet - welcome to you too!

    Our community is growing beautifully.

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  49. I'll do it!

    I'll post them to http://cecinestpasunecuisine.blogspot.com/

    What a lovely idea especially for January when I look forward to life getting a little quieter again.

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  50. Welcome Jeannette, lovely to have you on board. Look forward to seeing all of your stones in Jan.

    (Some people have started already!)

    Kaspa

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  51. I will be joining in as well.
    My stones will be here:
    http://theoddinkwell.com/

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  52. I'm in, Fiona! I need a new practice. I'll post mine on my blog and link to you.

    http://balancedontheedge.org

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  53. Yes, Jeanette, welcome! And hello oddinkwell, you do have a lovely blog. Keep 'em coming! Or email me fiona@fionarobyn.com...

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  54. Oooh, and Christine! Hello! So glad to have provided a new practice... welcome.

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  55. Another good excuse to write more poetry!

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  56. What a wonderful idea - I'm in! I'll post at http://everythingfeedsprocess.com . Thanks!

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  57. I'm in :)

    Will post at my blog Swimming in Lines of Haiku (http://kirstencliffwrites.blogspot.com/)

    Thanks, Fiona!

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  58. Yay. I've added you all to the blogroll, welcome. Drop me a quick email if you'd like to get occasional hellos.

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  59. Oh...i love this idea. I used to do something like it...ages ago Touchstone Tuesday...i lost the plot somewhere along the way and this would be a marvelous way to get back into that habit of Paying Attention...

    i'll pop the badge on my blog and post about it later today...

    http://creativeclutter-mel.blogspot.com/

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  60. Ooooh, this sounds like a really great idea! :-) Have decided on the spur of the moment that I'm in—I'll be posting them on my Tumblr (amongst other things, if that's relevant) at http://sazlik.tumblr.com

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  61. Mel - hurray. So hard to sustain, isn't it?
    Kaitlin - they are the best kind of decisions sometimes. Lovely to have you both.

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  62. I'm in. You will see my posts at http://www.TheWritingVein.com . And I've posted to Facebook and on my website/blog and sent out an email asking friends to join me! Looks like a perfect January daily writing exercise.

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  63. Perfect! Perfect! Perfect! Perfect!

    I am so excited! This SOOOO resonates with me!! And January is my birthday month so I am scooping this up and running WITH IT!

    (and yes, I will tweet, etc for you, too.)

    I'll be blogging my Stones at this blog, here.

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  64. I will give it a try. Sounds like fun.
    I'll be posting @
    flaubert-poetrywithmedotblogspotdotcom

    I'll go check fb also.
    Pamela

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  65. I'll try. I managed the PAD November challenge, and that was much more arduous.
    I'll post them on: http://vivinfrance.wordpress.com

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  66. PS I'd love to add your badge to my blog sidebar, but being a technincompoop, I can't work out how!

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  67. This sounds like a fun exercise, I'll be posting at
    http://quislibet-blogblogblog.blogspot.com/

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  68. I am SO in! I posted a badge on my blog--can't wait to get started...I will be posting at:

    www.diaryofasquaretoothedgirl.blogspot.com

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  69. Wonderful - just off to work so I can't reply to each person individually, but really good to see people signing up.

    Vivin - email me gentlespear@gmail.com or send me a message on twitter or FB (search for Kaspalita) and I'll help you get that badge sorted later.

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  70. Please sign me up Fiona, I've started a new blog for the occasion -
    http://soundofshingle.blogspot.com/
    Fingers crossed I can manage to keep up.

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  71. Hi jem, welcome.

    We'll get you and all the new sign-ups added to the blog-roll tomorrow.

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  72. I would love to participate in "A River of Stones". But I have a problem. I've tried to ignore the fact that all these challenges - NaNoWriMo, NaPoWriMo and the rest start with "Na". These letters mean something! They mean "national" . National does not mean "universal", it means pertaining to one country - which in the case of all these internet challenges, seems to mean "America". I'm sure you don't mean to keep the rest of us out. But I'd be lying if I put your badge up and proclaimed myself part of "NaStoWriMo". Actually I tend not to do badges anyway, I'm not all that internet savvy and would rather post to my blog than fiddle around with the template and side bars. But anyway, I will join you if I can claim to be taking part in "A River of Small Stones" and forget all this "national" business - but not otherwise.
    http://poetrychook.blogspot.com

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  73. Found you at Carolee's blog and am very interested in this one. Will probably use my site at http://1sojournal.wordpress.com/
    Looking forward to joining in and really like the idea of a river of stones running through cold of January.

    Elizabeth

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  74. I'd love to join in! I need to get back into the habit of writing stones anyway, I miss submitting to a handful of stones... :)

    I'll be posting mine at http://stoneandbitsofsky.tumblr.com/

    And I'll be sure to send you an email right now.

    - Isabela

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  75. Hi Catherine, if you scroll up you'll see a blog post where we realised the same thing, a little while after I suggested that acronym.

    We're not going to change the name this year, as people have started using the hash-tag. But will be different if we repeat the exercise.

    But do feel free to not use the badge, and to say I'm taking part in "a river of stones".

    I'm working on something else right now, if I get time this afternoon I'll make another badge.

    We always intended this to reach across borders, I just jumped on the idea of riding on the coat-tails of nanowrmo.

    It would be lovely to have you with us.

    Kaspa

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  76. Lovely to have you with us Elizabeth, and Isobella.

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  77. I'm in. I'll be posting my small stones at:
    http://cwnotebook.blogspot.com/
    there is a link to my email there.

    Will blog about this in the next few days.

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  78. the river flowed
    to me today
    asked me to come
    write and play
    polishing my stones
    can't wait
    see you all there

    http://moonwanderings.blogspot.com/

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  79. I have exactly the right notebook to write stones in....no blog to post them on, but I will read everyone else's on this blog and enjoy writing my own through January!

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  80. Cathy - welcome! Luna - welcome! Adele - welcome! Lovely to know you'll be writing along at home (in the perfect notebook, which I'm jealous of...)

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  81. i'm so thrilled that i magically came upon your river of stones blog today :) this project is right on time for me in so many ways! what a fantastic idea!

    i've created a blog for my own small stones (so now i'm good and committed to this... yikes)

    http://samicuriously.blogspot.com

    hope you're enjoying the holiday season...

    cheers,
    sami

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  82. Hi Samisara - will add you to the blog-roll and widget later :)

    Have a great day

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  83. I'm in! I'm a writer, a painter and a mother, so my whole life is about sipping the moment from the pool. My blog is: http://lunarhine.blogspot.com/ (Please do add me to your blogroll) and my email is: lunarsolargaia@gmail.com. And if anyone wants to spend a few moments witnessing bliss, click the link at the bottom of my last blog post - a guaranteed smile :o).

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  84. Lunar - welcome! I'll add you to the blogroll now, and if you'd like to be added to The River of Stones (at the top) do tag your posts with 'aros'. And thanks for the link - I'd seen it before and found this one after watching it - have a look! Another guaranteed smile.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZH0sNsaAz4&feature=related

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  85. OK, let's do it! I've vowed 2011 will be the year of my writing (ahem) so this seems a good place to start right? I will blog about it soon xx (http://suburbanyogini.com)

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  86. I would love to be a part of this - just added the badge to my blog!

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  87. LOVE this. please add me
    Boho Mystic - http://bohomystic.blogspot.com/

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  88. Rachel - welcome! D - excellent - welcome! And Monica - love your blog. Good to have you. If you can all tag your posts with 'aros' then you'll appear in the River too...

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  89. At first I though this might be one too many writing commitments but then I realised it will fit in with my New Year's Resolutions for my writing so count me in too! I'll probably write them all on Crafty green Poet but I'll tweet them all too....

    Juliet
    http//craftygreenpoet.blogspot.com
    http://www.twitter.com/craftygreenpoet

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  90. I've decided to go in on this. I've spent too long not being focused on my life, on the small things. It's time to get back to that, and to get some writing in as well! I've invited my readers to join too. http://dropsofbloodonmyforehead.blogspot.com

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  91. I'd love to be included -- Sage Cohen said 'follow the river' and here I am. http://corvapriya.wordpress.com.

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  92. looking forward to the stream of joines - i'm joining with "virtual notes", just put the first stone online: http://virtual-notes.blogspot.com

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  93. Hi again. I will post my stones on my tumblr blog now... http://cecinestpasunecuisine.tumblr.com/

    They are tagged AROS and Practice AROS : )

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  94. CGP/H/C/Dorothee/Jeannette - all dealt with/added/welcomed! Thank you!

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  95. I'm in! http://www.iseeparadise.net
    My Stones will be in the sidebar. Fun idea! Thanks.

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  96. As I mentioned to the friend who turned me on to this, writing small will be a huge challenge for me! I'm in and excited to begin.

    Here is my url: http://blackinkpad.blogspot.com

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  97. I'll give it a go.

    I've added a link to my blog at

    http://thehittingtheroadagainblues.blogspot.com/

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  98. Hi Fiona and Kaspa I would love to join in River of Stones for January of the new year, look forward to sharing words and images with you and all others who are involved. My blog will be at http://31momentsintime.blogspot.com/

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  99. Count me in; it'll be good to start off 2011 with some daily flexing of the poetic brain. I'll be posting at http://namingconstellations.wordpress.com ; since my other stuff will be mixed in, will be using the "aros" tag. :)

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  100. Gulp - I'm going to give it a go. This is not my usual style of writing, so it's going to be quite a challenge: http://lotusinthemud.typepad.com/shingle/

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  101. Joseph Harker makes a good point. As mine will also be mixed in with everyhing else I shall also use "aros" as a tag.

    Anyone interested in just picking out any of my other poetry can check the tags "poems" and "poetry", I sometimes used one and sometimes the other. (And sometimes both!)

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  102. Stoned in a River -- sounds like something I'd want to do -- count me in
    http://leepursewarden.wordpress.com/

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  103. Being the verbose kind of writer that I am, the only way I can chuck around pebbles is if I wade in a Haiku pond. So be it. The act of writing is far more important than anything needing to be written. I'm in... Paolo Mateo

    http://thinkingtoomuch2.blogspot.com/

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  104. Count me in. What a lovely way to chase away the post-holiday blues.My blog: Prose Posies

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  105. I'm ready to begin this journey. Thank you very much for inviting me.


    http://dana-maria-onica.blogspot.com/

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  106. Yes! I'll toss my pebbles to skim the water, or slide on the ice...

    How beautiful this will make the month of January. I look forward to reading everyone's river of stones.

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  107. Great idea. Good timing. I'm in.

    http://blueblithers.blogspot.com/

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  108. Hi Fiona and Kaspa - I'd like to paddle in the River - my website is http://www.glassonion.co.uk
    Mat

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  109. love the idea - heard this via dorothee lang and now i see that other friends are already along for the ride - my blog is at

    http://marcusspeh.com

    (though i sometimes change the starting page when there's anything to report) - added the badge on the blog page. cheerio and happy holidays from berlin everyone!

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  110. Great idea! I'm in, with thanks to D.J.Kirby.

    http://granspeaks.blogspot.com/

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  111. Welcome all! You're all on the blogroll and will appear on the River if you tag your posts 'aros' - if you'd like occasional emails and haven't emailed me, do! fiona@fionarobyn.com.

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  112. Hi Fiona, I'm up for the challenge! =)

    I'll be posting here;

    http://atraceoftime.blogspot.com/

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  113. Sounds like fun.
    I am here:
    http://www.thisdomesticlife.blogspot.com

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  114. Hi Fiona,
    Please include me too. I'll be posting here:

    http://barbaraboethling.blogspot.com/

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  115. Hi Fiona! Found out about river of stones on a bookswap sight . . . I am willing to give it a try.

    http://inkedwoman.blogspot.com

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  116. Hi Fiona!
    Have decided to join the growing River of Stones family...
    http://charlotteundery.wordpress.com

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  117. This is such an amazing inspiring thing that I will definatly be joining! I'm so glad I stumbled upon this.

    Thanks.
    http://aleynakaterina.blogspot.com/

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  118. I'm in! I'll be posting here: http://snoekbrown.wordpress.com/beginners-mind/

    This is such an excellent idea!

    (FYI: I heard about this from Lori Ann Bloomfield's blog First Line. http://firstlinefiction.blogspot.com/2010/12/river-of-stones-welcome-to-river-of.html)

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  119. I like the idea and am keen to begin.My small stones will be here www.reflectionsonlife-sbw1963.blogspot.com/

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  120. Great idea. I'm in. I'll be posting these at a gnarled oak.

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  121. Just emailed you Fiona. Have set up a blog and am off to spread the word on Twitter and on Facebook. Claire. x

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  122. I'm in. :-)

    I'll be posting my small stones at http://www.nataliebowers.org/blog/

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  123. Pls add me @ http://ofheavenandthespirit.blogspot.com/

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  124. fantastic

    love to be added


    http://hulltransforms.blogspot.com

    julie

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  125. hiya

    fantastic

    posting at

    http://hulltransforms.blogspot.com/


    julie

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  126. Very happy to participate! Great idea and glad to have found this. Please add.

    Thank you!
    Robert

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  127. Hi Fiona. I am joining you here in January.

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  128. I'd like to try this but I'm not very IT savvy.

    My blog is at http://middlesandendings.blogspot.com.

    I'll post there as that's what others seem to be doing.
    Christine

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  129. I would love to participate too please!

    www.cebandomate.wordpress.com

    This is a fantastic idea! Will be lots of fun too!

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  130. I adore your sleeping fox stone Fiona, so beautiful! I'd like to join your river of stones. I'll post them here >> http://twitter.com/#!/myarspoetica and tag them #AROS, then bundle them up for my blog early Feb. Looking forward to it. ~lily

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  131. yes...yes........I will start on January 1, but yesterday I stopped and took a picture of some tiny pumpkins left from Halloween peeping their heads out of the snow...

    quillingbysandrawhite.blogspot.com

    I will add a little river of stones blog to my blog.......

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  132. Yes! I'd love to join in. I'll post on my new blog starting at beginning of January;

    deborahrickard.wordpress.com

    Debs

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  133. sure why not. Might be interesting to blog each day with little stories

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  134. Wonderful idea! Please add me to your list of participants.

    http://palimpsest.typepad.com/frogsandravens/

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  135. my blog is
    http://ruffledmyfeathers.blogspot.com

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  136. Hi there

    Would love to give this a go. Could oyu add me to your list? Will try and post daily on my blog at www.nowrigglingoutofwriting.wordpress.com and may set up a page specially for the aros entries. Shall I also post on facebook? Thanks!

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  137. I would love to have a go at this! Could you add me to your list? I will add a page to my blog at www.nowrigglingoutofwriting.wordpress.com for aros attempts and add the badge too. May come in bursts but will try to keep to keep up with one a day! Thanks

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  138. Hello. I just sent you this tweet:

    @fiona_robyn You're so encouraging! Here's the link where I'll publish my small stones http://bit.ly/hDQwDF . #aros

    I honestly can't think of a better way to begin the first of January, 2011, than with a small stone. Many thanks to you and Kaspa for creating and nurturing this project.

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  139. I don't have a Blog - but I think this is a lovely idea so is it OK if I just work on it at home?

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  140. I would be grateful to take part. I'll be posting my small stones at http://www.beingpoetry.net, please do add me to your blogroll. I'll be sure to tweet and FB each day to add my strand to the big web. Do we have a Twitter hashtag?

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  141. Just posted the badge on my blog and put up a post as well. Good Luck with it.
    I will give it a try myself. My blog is www.noteboobtivity.com

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  142. Alberta Ross: So it is only a couple of days away! what happened to December - okay said I would give it a go so think I will post on my blog

    http://www.didyoueverkissafrog.typepad.com

    as its where I write about anything I fancy but you'll see I am not good at brevity - hoping it will help me acheive some condensation of words!!!!

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  143. I'd love to join. It is the first time I'm blogging, so am still figuring out how it all works.
    This is the web-address I have created for this month.

    http://b-mysmallstone.blogspot.com/

    Really looking forward to it.

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  144. Good good good! Chris - please do, and you could submit some for the 'river of stones' book at the end if you wanted to. Email me if you want to go on the mailing list (everyone who hasn't). Suzie - anywhere you'd like to post them would be fab. Elaine - thank you :) Erin - yes, #aros. Welcome welcome welcome!

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  145. PS Marcus, your type made me grin ;)

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  146. Count me in, Fiona!
    would like to be a little more active in 2011 then the previous year.

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  147. right up my river, here at:

    http://toomuchaugustnotenoughsnow.blogspot.com


    this will be inspiring. look forward to the community of stones.

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  148. I will probably post at Red Room, but here is a first attempt.

    staring at the painting of the pristine beach, the teals,turquoises,lapping sea, a sailboat on the horizon...but then reflections in the glass show bare, wispy branches juxtaposed against a gray, overcast sky; reality hits but still I smile

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  149. I'm in. This sounds perfect for my January 2011. What a great idea. Here's one I wrote a while back:

    Fall...
    Hundreds of raptors soaring; I never saw a single wing flap. Like soot, they drifted across the slate gray sky. Welcome home!

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  150. Excellent plan! Count me in!
    AJ

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  151. Something nice to do in January! :)

    http://elizaswritingroom.blogspot.com/

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  152. I haven't been blog-reading for quite some time, so it's a bit of serendipity that I caught this. It's something like a little project I'd taken on a few years ago, and I'd like to pick it back up in this form.

    http://blueabstractions.blogspot.com/

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  153. I'll try it - and created a blog to park the stones:

    http://januarystones.blogspot.com/

    I might try illustrating the stones with photos too.

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  154. Okay ~ I'm in! Here's my first post and the place.. :-)

    http://skippingstones.posterous.com/

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  155. Count me in. I'll post on my website blog, www.marybethholleman.com

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  156. Another late addition to your river Fiona. I'll post at http://limetreelegends.blogspot.com/
    although not sure how successful I'll be.
    Beth

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  157. Feeling a smile that is bubbling up at the thought of participating. I'm in.

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  158. Tried to read all the sites listed on your blogroll to see if the site where I will post is listed. Hope you have a quick way of checking. I thought if I post on my wordpress blog the small stones will get lost in my topics. I started a new blog for posting stones at:http://margoroby.blogspot.com/
    Looking forward to tomorrow! Happy New Year.

    m

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  159. Please add me to your blogroll. I'm gonna give it a go!

    http://www.kimnelsonwrites.com

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  160. Getting in just under the wire, but I'm in now.
    www.kalilily.net

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  161. I really am in... the address I gave you was wrong though... oooopsie! Looking forward to participating in this fun project. Here's my site:
    http://headfullofrocks.posterous.com/

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  162. Please count me in on your blog roll!

    I thought I wrote a response here somewhere, but can't find it. So I am posting again!

    My blog is http://www.greyscaleterritory.blogspot.com

    Today is 1st January in Australia, so my first post is here:

    New Wings

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  163. Better late than never, I suppose!

    I shall be stoned daily here: http://radio-nowhere.org/nb/

    I've been scribbling like mad off and on all day to get back in the habit...

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  164. Hi! I am looking forward to this.

    www.cloakedmonk.wordpress.com

    ~Terri

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  165. In for January.
    Posting @
    http://cbslogoblogo.blogspot.com/

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  166. Thanks for the opportunity to observe and mindfully engage the world around us.

    Stones at:

    http://carmellajb.wordpress.com/

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  167. I'm in! Setting up my new blog and this would be a great way to kick things off.

    Going to be posting from here: http://yaywords.wordpress.com

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  168. I would very much like to participate, but am curious does small stones mean every post must be a "small pile of stones?" Is there a limit to the length of a post? Sometimes I write a few words other days I have more to share. Please let me know if it is ok to participate with longer posts too. If you tell me to go for it...this would be my first post http://orli-shines.blogspot.com/2011/01/1111.html

    Happy New Year! (My blog is titled Creativity IS a Spiritual Practice)

    If you say yes I'll come back and grab the button and put it at the top of my page and move the butterfly to the side, as it's been up all of December:)

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  169. Hope it's not too late to join! This is a lovely idea. My writing blog is http://poetry-life-distilled.blogspot.com and I will be posting my stones here.

    Happy New Year!

    Laura F-K

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  170. All added - never too late Laura! Have added you all to the blogroll and The River. Laura - no, just one stone a day, and we're not including longer posts this time - the main rule is 'a single moment'. For examples see http://www.ahandfulofstones.com
    Happy New Year everyone... we've got off to a great start!

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  171. I was slightly stoned on prosecco last night. But I don't suppose that counts.

    An interesting idea. I will keep a notebook and at the end of the month we shall see what there is.

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  172. I am putting your badge on my blog.
    Somethingsithinkabout-annell-annell.blogspot.com
    I want to write stones!

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  173. Count me in, both on my blog and on Twitter:

    http://hoardedordinaries.wordpress.com/
    http://twitter.com/#!/hoardedordinary

    Hooray!

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  174. Gwilym - let us know if you do!
    Annell and Lorianne - excellent news - I've added you.

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  175. Just added the html to my blog, and begun with a 'stone theme' piece of writing.

    All the best with the project

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  176. I just joined in!!!

    http://mylifeloveandpursuitofhappiness.blogspot.com/

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  177. A 'non-writer' but would love to try.

    http://hildred-daybyday.blogspot.com

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  178. I will try it, but not sure I will be able to think of something each day.

    you will find my entries here: http://annsquotesandthings.blogspot.com

    Now off to see if I can come up with something.

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  179. Non-writers ESPECIALLY welcome. And there will be no small-stone police checking you've written every day... the intention is the important thing. Welcome welcome welcome!

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  180. Hopping on-board, too, at http://lovesgoodfood.com/jason/ . Some of mine might be polished enough to skip, but most likely will sink. Fun nonetheless!

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  181. I'm in! Great way to start the year.

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  182. I'm going to have a go . . .!
    http://existentialmoments.blogspot.com/

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  183. Hey, I'm giving it a go

    http://jennyjumpers.blogspot.com

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  184. I just tossed my first stone into the river.

    Happy New Year, Fiona and Kaspa! Thank you for this lovely idea.

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  185. My stone is written. May I join you?
    http://dailyonegoodthing.blogspot.com/

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  186. Not sure I left a message earlier...anyway, my first stone is up at http://www.cassandrapages.com

    Thanks, Fiona and Kaspa!

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  187. I wrote a small stone this morning and will post more at my blog, http://enerihot.wordpress.com

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  188. I'm joining. My blog, The Gulliver Project, is brand new. It's about shedding my old life to become a writer so why not a 'Small Stone' a day as well as my Project posts?

    http://gulliverproject.blogspot.com/

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  189. I would love to join in this challenge (for me). I am not a writer but will have a go. I live in County Clare, Ireland and will post my small stones on my FB and in my blog. I don't post every day there but will put them on as and when if that's ok? gina.deen@btinternet.com is me!

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  190. Fiona, I want in on this, but I'm a bit confused as to how to do it. Can I post my small stones on Twitter? Can I post them to my personal web page? I don't blog yet.

    This is such a wonderful idea!

    Susan

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