Pearl Bear? She's in Berkeley, CA.
Sometimes I wonder where in the world is ... an old boyfriend from highschool, a roommate from college, or a colleague I've worked with in the past. My digital trip down memory lane typically takes me to Google and if I'm lucky and the name isn't too common, I might find what they're up to now.
Blogging can also help you connect with people from your past but it is more like a "by chance meeting." You don't set out to find them, you just bump into them in the blogosphere by some common digital thread.
That's what happened this week when I did a taggreation search on technorati. I ran into "Pearl Bear," otherwise known as Michelle Murrain. I left a comment on one of her posts and Michelle pinged me .... <P>
Michelle is a nonprofit geek extraordinaire! I've had the pleasure to work with her on a few projects. (We discovered that we overlapped for two yearts at Bennington College but since she was a science major and I was music major - our paths didn't cross.) Michelle was also one of the most on the "Riders" (nonprofit techie list) - always sharing expertise on many topics and raising good questions/issues for discussions.
Michelle is in Berkeley, CA and will entering the Pacific School of Religion in the fall. She is blogging about her seminary journey and these days she is thinking about what it means when ministers blog. So, if you know Michelle stop by her blog and say hello! She has a recent post about various tools she is using.