Salted Shambhala

First time I’ve seen my pink ball there and it’s my first post… weird — screenshot by Me, March 23, 2008

“Stand By Me”; John Lennon
Let me know if the YouTube isn’t available.

When I started blogging on WordPress I created three blogs. The idea was to keep this one for my Recovery stuff then to use the other two for creative writing and more… argumentative material. The creative writing one, {redacted], never really took off… so I turned it into “[redacted]” and it actually got pretty successful, but it also kind of took over from Salted as my main blog. Which, it turned out, was not such a great idea.

The third blog, Fear The Seeds, was supposed to be a place for me to write essays and columns. It kind of worked out alright… I only wrote five pieces but four of them were published in the local paper. So that was cool. But the thing about my Recovery is I need to actually focus on my Recovery, and for me writing and defending long political essays is like Listerine and Grape Pop for an alcoholic. So, in July, I reopened Fear The Seeds as a photo blog.

Which worked out fine… for a few months. But it didn’t feel right, even with a different name it was the URL which made me uncomfortable. Fear The Seeds just doesn’t scream out “hi, I am a friend. Please look at my pictures and praise me.”

FTS, by the way, comes from an HTML course we had way back in College. One of our projects was to make a resume. So at the end of mine I wrote…

Well, that’s about it actually.
Thank You for taking an interest in my life. I like grapefruit. Right now a computer virus is being downloaded straight into the chip the government placed in your neck. Soon you will like grapefruit too. Soon all will love The Grapefruit.
Fear The Seeds.

I don’t actually like grapefruit so I’m not sure where that came from.

Anyway… so I stopped updating FTS… there was some winter-depression involved as well, but the URL thing was most of it.

And, about three months later, I finally took some initiative and created a new blog… and it’s called Salted Shambhala. Actually this is the name I gave to the FTS photo-blog, but now I have the URL to go with it… yay?

Tibetan Buddhists, currently being shot down like bugs by Chinese soldiers (boycott the Olympics), believe Shambhala is a kingdom of peace, milk and honey hidden somewhere on top of the Himalayas. It’s also a Sanskrit term meaning “place of peace, tranquillity and happiness”.

So… it makes sense. Recovery stuff here, Shambhala over there and as I Recover I’ll start updating [redacted] again.

It’s weird having a blog with no “hits” so if anyone’s interested… it’s kind of meant to be a place where people can go if they’re interested in Me but don’t want to have to deal with the messy bits.

The first post is one of my favourite photographs, it’s of Sarah McLachlan from the 1998 Lilith Fair concert in Ottawa…



About Gabriel...

...diagnosed with manic depression when I was nineteen, for the next 14-years I lived without treatment or a recovery plan. I've been homeless, one time I graduated college, I've won awards for reporting on Internet privacy issues, and a weekly humour column. In 2002 I finally hit bottom and found help. It's now 2022, and I have an 8-year old son, and a 12-year old son... I’m usually about six feet tall, and I'm pretty sure I screwed up my book deal. I mostly blog at
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4 Responses to Salted Shambhala

  1. You know, that screenshot is totally weird. Cool, but weird!

    At this point, I’m not even questioning WP anymore.

    Well, that’s not true. When things continue to go haywire…I’m still going to moan and complain and ask WTF?

  2. Gabriel... says:

    Actually I have a screen shot from a few weeks ago I’ve been meaning to send you… I was randomly looking at the Latest Posts thing and there you were… it was your “Hmmm… Burning Issue Fixed?” post. I’ll send it to you later on…

  3. Okay, cool…thanks. That was another one (yet again!) picked up by some Splogger. Maybe even more than one, I think? Or it could have been several as there was a series of Mac rantage. I also think there was a comment back to some unrelated commenter or wha…? where I said, it’s fine now.

    I do find that a bit odd as well because that’s an older one of mine, too. I mean, not as old as yours! You would think that “Latest Posts” would be…well, as it sounds?

  4. Gabriel... says:

    You are such a speed phreak ninJAH… this is what I wrote: “Actually I have a screen shot from a few weeks ago…”. Your post, at the time, was a Latest Post.

    The screen shot on top of this post is showing the first post from my New blog, Salted Shambhala so it’s a latest post as well…

    With your sploggers, try and keep track of the URLs, I’m going to do a post on them later on and I could use some of the keywords they’re using to take your posts.

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