I’ve been away from this blog for a very long time. When I started, my idea was to create a structured way to prompt myself into a habit of writing. I started with one essay a week, labored in my efforts, and met that goal for a while. (My first two posts are here and here, and they illustrate my initial aims.) Then, as often happens, I found that I was having a hard time coming up with ideas for essays I wanted to write, especially since I avoided certain topics that might quickly get uncomfortable, like politics. I just didn’t want to invite the vitriol here, nor did I want to add to the negativity.
So I shifted into a more scatter-shot practice of posting about things that interested, inspired or touched me in some way. But after a while, I just didn’t feel compelled to write very much at all – life was busy, my Dad (with whom I’d had sort of a complicated relationship) died of cancer after a long battle, the election and all of its nastiness dragged on, and blogging kind of felt like releasing stuff into an echo chamber of who-really-gives-a-rip. What was one more voice to the cacophony? So I walked away.
But the past couple of weeks have been filled with brutal things – the Boston bombing; the blocks-wide destruction from the plant explosion in West,Texas; a terrible earthquake in China; the collapse of an eight-story building in Dhaka, Bangladesh with hundreds, if not thousands, trapped inside. Any one of these things leaves such a mark that it would be easy to sink into feelings of despair and defeat.
But the internet is powerful in what it magnifies, how it connects and unites, how it brings into our lives words and deeds of people who, in the face of tragedy, find a way to go toward the light and pull the rest of us along with them. I thought Patton Oswalt’s Facebook post in the aftermath of the Boston bombing exemplified perfectly the human determination not to succumb. He went to the light side in a big way. A way that made me rethink that I do want to contribute something via this blog.
I’ve decided to focus on what I see as the good, beautiful, interesting, inspiring, and touching elements of the human experience. This is completely subjective – curated by me, reflecting solely what appeals to me based on the view through my particular lens on the world. I am going to focus on the light, and those things that, for me, counterbalance a slide toward the other direction. Maybe some of it will appeal to you too. Maybe not. Either way, I’ll feel good about having shared it. There’s much to highlight, so with that in mind, let’s get it on! Stay tuned.