[Hi, I’m Fluffy. Remember me? My human, Pat, has used me in other posts in shameless attempts to peddle one of his books. I hope you like this one. You see, Pat suffers from severe Post Holiday Blues and if he doesn’t get a lot of likes and comments…well, I may have to be sent out to pasture, if you get my drift. Photo source: Google search.]
Writing four hundred blogs is not an easy thing to do. Even if you’re retired and have little else to fill your time. It’s an accomplishment of which I am proud. Some bloggers have written thousands…some have written three. I know how easy it can be for some people and much harder for others.
Back in the late 1990’s, I taught at the Town School on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. One afternoon, the technology teacher, Al Doyle, mentioned to me that he wrote ‘blogs’.
“Blogs?”, I said. “What are they?”
“Anything you want them to be,” he answered.
I listened and learned.
Sometimes the words would come easy to me and, on more than one occasion, I struggled with ways to communicate my thoughts and feelings. Some bloggers have chosen ‘themes’ to address, such as marital problems, eating disorders, benefits of certain health foods, conspiracy theories, political rants and self-absorbed musings that interest only the writer.
I have chosen to go my own way. I have no theme. I write about topics that interest, amuse, fascinate, intrigue and beguile me. I have experimented with various writing styles and subjected my readers to topics that some would consider morbid or overly maudlin and sentimental.
But, that’s me. What you read is who I am and that is what you get.
I published my first blog on July 15, 2012. It was an excerpt from my novel “Standing Stone”. Since then, I have taken my readers on two cross-country road trips and a partial winter in Fort Myers, Florida when I learned to sail. I’ve shared my experiences at a rodeo in Yuma, a hike in Zion National Park, a stroll among the sand dunes of Death Valley, a frightening drive pulling our RV into the Yosemite Valley, a Thanksgiving in Orting, WA., a month in Joshua Tree, CA., and several trips to Europe.
I’ve shared memories about childhood sweethearts, meetings with childhood friends and even wrote about the first woman who ever saw me in my life…the doctor who delivered me in a Binghamton hospital on May 31, 1947.
I shared the birth of my grandson and celebrated the lives of my son, Brian, my daughter, Erin and my wife Mariam.
One of my favorite posts was titled “The Brick Pond”. It recalled childhood innocence and the coming of adulthood.
The blog that was the favorite of my readers was called “This Old House”. In this, I attempted to convey the sorrow of handing over the keys to the house that I grew up in, a house that was in our family for over fifty years.
I sincerely hope that you, my readers, have enjoyed reading these 400 musings from a humble and insecure writer…myself.
I hope I live long enough to celebrate an 800th blog, or even a 1,000 posting.
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