Using Google's "Knol"


Is there a topic that you are an expert in? Something that you’ve learned about, studied and now would like to share that knowledge with others? Maybe you want to learn more about a topic.

I’ve pointed out GuideSpot as an online learning spot. It’s a great site for sharing what you know. But did you know that Google also has a similar platform?

“Knol” (Google’s made up term for “a unit of knowledge”) has been around since 2007, and came out of beta in 2008.

creat_a_knol screenshot

Knol makes it easy for you to write and share your knowledge with the world.

  • Ease of use
    All you need is an account, a name and a desire to write and we’ll take care of the rest.
  • Control
    You specify the level of collaboration you want with the community. Your knol, your voice.
  • Community
    You can connect with other experts in your area of interest to share and grow knowledge.
  • Visibility
    We value and promote authorship. Great content will be visible on popular search engines.
  • Growth
    Sharing your knowledge with the world is rewarding for everyone.

Watch this video for tips on creating a Knol:

Some Knols to get you started:

Lightbulb Image courtesy of Jacci Howard Bear

Seeing God in a Basket

A couple of months ago, our cat (kitten, really) got outside and was gone overnight . We had not yet had a chance to have her spayed and were concerned that we would end up with a litter of kittens. We confirmed her pregnancy one day when she rolled over to have her tummy rubbed.

As her discomfort progressed and her “talking” increased, we knew that it was imminent and we found ourselves looking forward to, hopefully, getting to experience the birth of the kittens.


In spite of the basket we had prepared for her, yesterday she decided to birth under my daughter’s bed.


She had already had 3 by the time we realized she was missing.


6 hours later, she had delivered 6 kittens (only one didn’t make it) and had managed to get them and herself all cleaned up and relaxing.


The only drama was when this orange one was delivered. We think she must have delivered the first three so quickly and couldn’t keep up with all that was required. The orange one was still in its sac and she had moved on to delivering and cleaning a different one. My dad removed the sac and I cut the cord after it was apparent that at that moment she had no interest or ability to work on it at that time.


But she soon took to it and was nursing them all.


She is a good mama. And watching her maternal instinct kick in and the care and gentleness she shows her little ones softens my heart to all of the ugliness in the world around me.


Once again, I am reminded that there is hope and that life is a gift.



One year ago, today, I was writing about Capturing Motherhood in a Photo.

Two years ago, today, I was wondering What More Could We Possibly Need.

And three years ago, today, I must have been doing something really cool, like spending the day at the spa. Or changing diapers.

Merry Christmas

Welcome to Our World (Chris Rice)

Tears are falling, hearts are breaking
How we need to hear from God
You’ve been promised, we’ve been waiting

Welcome Holy Child
Welcome Holy Child

Hope that you don’t mind our manger
How I wish we would have known
But long-awaited Holy Stranger
Make Yourself at home
Please make Yourself at home
Bring Your peace into our violence
Bid our hungry souls be filled
Word now breaking Heaven’s silence

Welcome to our world
Welcome to our world

Fragile finger sent to heal us
Tender brow prepared for thorn
Tiny heart whose blood will save us
Unto us is born
Unto us is born
So wrap our injured flesh around You
Breathe our air and walk our sod
Rob our sin and make us holy

Perfect Son of God
Perfect Son of God
Welcome to our world

A post with no point

I must say that the past month’s unintentional blogging slow-down has been nice. I haven’t gotten all stressed about my stats and subscribers and such. And yet the internet did NOT fall off it’s axis and y’all still stopped by to say hi and to check in.

(how sweet are y’all??!!?)

I was talking with a friend on the phone the other day and told her that I felt as though my blogging mojo was returning because I found myself crafting posts in my head. A far cry from the empty vessel my brain has been recently.

While I don’t have a story crafted for my post today, I do have a list of semi-gargantuan proportions chocked full of random nuggets of random randomness.

~ Quinn lost his first tooth. He came home from school 2 weeks ago, mentioned he had a loose tooth and had that sucker out before bedtime. He is saving up for a CloneWar toy. I’m surprised he hasn’t yanked all of his teeth out to pay for it.

~ Quinn also got sent home from school a week ago. The sheriff came to our home because the school couldn’t reach me. Quinn was covered in chigger bites (same song, 20th verse) from a trip into the woods. Someone thought they looked like chicken pox. He was not allowed back in school without a note stating that he wasn’t contagious. Fortunately, they have off school this week, so he’ll have time to heal those bites (or scratch the heck out of them and end up with impetigo again, and have to stay out of school for that next week…)

~ Several weeks ago, I purchased a can of Rust-o-leum spray paint to purty up some lamps my mom was getting rid of. The cashier asked for ID because of an apparent surge of middle aged women taking up “huffing“. It was really funny too me at the time, but after watching an episode of Intervention where the girl was addicted to Air Duster, I will never think of the song “Walking On Sunshine” in the same way. (and then I spoke with my two oldest about inhalants.)

~ NESTER and ROBIN are staying with me next weekend. That alone will be Bliss.

~ I will be moving my blog to WordPress soon. I already have it up but I used it to test a header for someone else.

~ I received a ZUNE for my birthday. Now someone please tell me: what do I need to do with it? Recommendations?

So tell me, please: What is up in your world?

Poor Bear

Anyone who has ever watched Man vs. Wild (Discovery) has seen Bear Grylls have to do all sorts of pitiful and/or disgusting things to ensure that he makes it safely out of the location (drinking pee from elepahant dung??) And last weeks episode was probably one of the worst.

Let’s take a look, shall we?

First: Must kill a skunk for his dinner. Not only does it spray all over him, but when he’s finally cooked it and had his first taste, he describes it like this:

“It’s like someone takes your steak and drags it through dog feces.”

Can I get a collective “YUMMY!”

Second: Bear gets stung by a bee and as a result can’t see

Finally: Bear (who has managed to kill a snake without being able to see) urinates into the snake skin and later drinks it to keep hydrated.


I think I’ll just stay in my boring little world complete with toilets and running water.