Friday, November 9, 2012
A "Non-Political" Political Essay
Last year I staked my claim to a potential new blog. I called it "The Good News Journal", wrote a blog entry or two, then left it fallow for months. The new blog got a few hits but was largely ignored...because I was ignoring it.
I was so consumed with my other blog, the ones that dealt largely with political issues, that I had little time to come back to this one. I was so very concerned about the direction our nation was heading that I was consumed with staking my political and philosophical ground and trying mightily to point out the foibles of "the other party".
Now that the election has come and gone my disappointment with the outcome is so acute that I found myself physically ill. I literally had to tune out all the news on the internet and on TV just to maintain my equilibrium. Were I to allow myself to watch the boasting and self satisfaction of the victors I don't know how I could bear it....so, for now, I am in "political hibernation". Perhaps someday I'll again mount the humpbacked steed and draw my sword and swing at windmills, but for now, for the sake of my own personal happiness, I choose to write about the dear, the silly and even the mundane.
I'm hoping that I'll gather a readership that is at least equal to my previous blog. But, being unable to stop writing, I'll continue scribbling about family and friends and any and all aspects of the life experience.
And so, to the readers of my previous blog, if you've opted to join me here, welcome! And welcome as well to those "googlers" who haphazardly came across my new blog through a keyword or subject search, and have opted to stay awhile.
I hope my new blog will stimulate thought, touch your heart, shake your soul once in awhile...or at the very least, make you curious. If you choose to stay awhile you can expect me to take you to sundry regions of the world; places where I have worked and lived, places that perhaps you've never been but might get to know a bit better through my words.
Many of my essays from my previous blog had nothing to do with politics. They speak of love and learning, they are about Thanksgiving and Christmas and Father's Day and Mother's Day. To my old readers, do not be surprised if I re-print many of those earlier blogs on this one. If you find one you've read in the past, do not care to read again, feel free to go and visit The Pioneer Lady or The Huffington Post and come back when I offer a fresh one.
And, through this blog, I hope to cause you to look at things just a bit differently, after having read of an observation or two that I might offer.
And I pledge to keep this blog "politically free"...if you want to read of government and politics feel free to read those 530 plus "Lost in America" blog entries when you're hungry for tougher "meat".
So, grab your coffee mug, find a comfortable seat (seat belts not usually required)..and sit me with me awhile. "Oh the things you'll hear and see!".