Turn Off the Computer. Get Out of Your House.

dorindaBy Dorinda Fox

The editor of found me through an article published about two serious bouts with cancer and the effect of that on raising my children. In that article I explained that blogging at Salon had allowed me to create an online identity for my children should I not survive and served as a way out of isolation both emotional and physical during treatment.  The editor asked that I consider writing about how to avoid isolation as an adjunct which is something faced as well by all of you out there planted in front of a computer screen teaching online courses eight hours a day.

Avoiding isolation is important.  Many people rely on the workplace as a place to meet friends and lovers.  The workplace becomes a family as demonstrated by modern sitcoms such as “The Office” and older sitcoms such as “The Mary Tyler Moore” show.  Sigmund Freud (1856 -1939) famously said  that people have to have two needs met in order to be happy “work and love.”  For a great many of us those two become one in our lives.

What worked for me and lead me here was blogging at a writers’ site called

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