Yeah, that’s me, when I was out in California. My sister took this picture unbeknown to me, as I contemplated the sun setting over the Pacific Ocean. I don’t remember what I was thinking about. Life? God? Whether to order the shrimp or the tenderloin? Who can say?
2007 has been an interesting year for your humble scribe. My son came back from Iraq, older, wiser, and perhaps a little sadder. My marriage of eight years ended. On the plus side, I have found more time and energy for writing, and surely that is worth something.
Along the way I have hit a few milestones. One year of blogging. 35,000 hits. A renewed acquaintance with my poetry muse. But most importantly of all, I’ve made some new friends. Here are some of them:
Smoke & Mirrors: Really, it has to start here. Michael is the one who started me on the road to blogging. He clearly had no idea what he was getting himself into. Over the past year, he has tolerated not only my endless (and often repetitive) technical questions, but also my frequent lapses into blogslackery. Truly, no teacher ever had a more irksome pupil. And yet, he’s always there, giving me encouragement, and answering my many questions. His writing is a fascinating mix of wry humor and a deeply spiritual way of looking at the world. For me, it is appointment reading. It should be for you, as well.
Spasmically Perfect: They once made a movie called “A Beautiful Mind”. If they made one about Spaz, it would be called “A Beautiful Soul.” Just making her acquaintance made this whole blogging thing worthwhile. She is my friend, my fellow poet, and my occasional cyber-therapist. Her prose reads like fine poetry, and her poetry reads like it was dictated to her by an angel.
Eleven: A fellow pipe smoker from Ohio, he combines the mid-western penchant for clear thinking and common sense with the soul of a poet.
Nanny’s Nook: Industrial strength common sense. I wish I had had a Nanny like her!
The Lovely Rose: Lovely indeed! A truly sweet person who doesn’t post nearly often enough!
Dr. Pepper is Good for the Soul: Red hair. A dirty mind. A love of 19th century literature. Could there be a more perfect woman?
From Evyl with Love: He is bawdy. He is irreverent. He is, well, Evyl. He is also funny as all hell. Read this blog, preferably after the small children have been sent to bed. You will laugh your ass off–you just won’t feel good about yourself while you’re doing it. 😉
Responding to the Skeptics: Religious issues your bag? Check this out. You may not agree with everything he writes, but he presents a variety of interesting topics.
The Bad Idea Blog: We disagree on almost everything, but he writes with style and penetrating insight. The blog may be called “Bad Idea”, but reading it is a very Good Idea.
The Bootleg Bon Vivant: Another fellow pipe smoker. An interesting site for those interested in pipes, tobacco, and good living in general.
Writer Chick Talks: Annie and I have been known to differ. 😉 But whether I agree with her or not, it is impossible to read her blog and not be impressed with the wit and style that infuses her every post.
Nukes New’s and Views: one of the hardest working bloggers on the internet. If you enjoy conservative opinion, this is the place for you. Thoughtful, intelligent writing combined with up to date political news. I am an occasional guest blogger on this site.
I admire them as writers, and I value them as friends.