A year ago, I awoke to one of those Currier & Ives mornings - eight inches of pristine snow filling the landscape and the quiet that comes from unplowed roads and canceled schools. It was the inspiration I needed to write my first blog.
I had been following Ms. Carolyn Bender for quite a while and a few of the blogs that she was reading, but just didn't know how to start. I had grandiose ideas of writing fine essays and literate criticism, but it didn't work out that way. I wanted to look at things from the viewpoint of one who is close to retiring and how the issues of the day affect me, but somehow that never happened. In August I got frustrated with what I saw as "me, me, me" and quit writing for a while. I didn't stop reading tho. By then I had found many good blogs, written by interesting people - all but one of whom are women. I had come to love the daily/weekly peeks into their lives; to see what they were doing; what they were thinking; what was going well; what was going poorly. I had come to care about these strong and interesting women and their lives. And I realized that my writing about my feelings was as authentic as their writing about theirs. Don't need to write essays or criticism - altho I am sure that would be ok, too.
So thanks to Ms. Bender, and Charlene, and PinkFairyGran, and Marie, and Allyson, and Savvy Working Girl and Elizabeth and all the rest of you who have responded, commented, given me ideas, given me encouragement, and just come and visited from time to time. And, thanks, too, for the awards. You know if you gave me one, and you know I have not passed them along. I haven't felt like I read enough different blogs and don't want to re-name the talented folks you have already named.
You have helped to create a monster and I'm going to enjoy another year sitting on the Garden Bench.
In a complete advertisement... I'm still writing my other blog - ItsMyGardenVa - about gardening in Central Virginia. If you happen to have an interest in that.... come visit. Spring is getting ready to spring and I actually know something about that!
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