Writing & Computers
Pardon me, but I don't think we've even begun to creatively utilize the possibilities of personal writing on computers. The tendency is to simply transfer our writing habits from the typewriter onto our PC writing methods or to adapt business software. But we can do far more than that.
A major component of wellness is finding an effective way to tap into our creativity. Writing is a good way, but writing connected to music, color and art is even better. Don't just think in terms of .doc files when you write. Use web authoring software or Power Point that allows you to add music, graphics and colored backgrounds. When writing about a particular person, insert their photo in the document. If you are working on fiction, find an image of a character online then use it as a model. When writing about Paris, insert ariel views of the city, a subway map, a slide show.
Create a family virtual scrapbook. It's just what it sounds like. There is software available or you can create your own through software used for websites. This makes a good family project via e-mail.
Blogs are personal web logs put online. In a sense they are a cross between a journal and a writing group. Here's what Salon.com has to say about them:
Create a StorySite instead of just writing a short story. Use web authoring software to add music, photographs, art work, etc. to enhance your story.