I began this great blogging adventure one year ago. 320 posts. More than 100,000 words. Random thoughts. Musings. Rants. Discoveries. Shiny objects. I called it The End because, well, I had to call it something… and I knew that one day, in the rear view mirror, it would seem prophetic.

That day is not today. We are not at the end of The End.

But we are at the end of the beginning of The End.

I’m taking a little break. Call it a hiatus. A sabbatical. A nap. With the dogs.

shadow selfie carbon beachThe truth is, I’ve only made three posts since the fire in mid-September that turned life-as-I-know-it upside down. And I’m fine and everyone’s fine and I’m still living on the lucky side of life’s ledger. We’re putting the jigsaw puzzle pieces back in place to match the picture on the box. Or, what we can remember of the picture – the box is long gone! Instead of being upside down, my life these days is merely sideways.

So, progress. But focus is not my strong suit in this season of lengthening shadows and shortening days… Though I do look forward to catching up with the actual following of the folks whose blogs I follow. What I didn’t know a year ago when I landed on planet WordPress: blogging’s rewards are only half in one’s own writing. The rest of the treasure is buried in the creations of others. That’s been my great discovery here. Terrific people sharing their stories: compelling, amusing, provocative, entertaining. In all the forms that words and pictures can take.

On occasion, someone you follow may have gone beyond the blogosphere. And I’m very much looking forward to reading Margaret Rose Stringer’s And Then Like My Dreams.

No rules to this. I may post again tomorrow, or not for another month. Photos may pop up here and there. Whatever else, I’ll see you soon, or before too long. – Steve

The End (so far)


    1. Thanks for the good wishes, Linda. As you know, it doesn’t take long to feel a kinship with our fellow bloggers. And I guess I’m most drawn to those who share their ‘real’ stuff… for better or worse. I love the idea of a fan club! Maybe even groupies? But no stalkers. 🙂


  1. God, you have a way with words: “We’re putting the jigsaw puzzle pieces back in place to match the picture on the box. Or, what we can remember of the picture – the box is long gone!”

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  2. Glad to see you pop back up in my mailbox. I had wondered where you had gone.

    I can only imagine how upside-down your world has been since the fire. Surviving a major event like that is only the beginning … rebuilding afterwards takes real time and effort.

    We shall still be here when you return … or simply drop in occasionally to visit. Hope your sabbatical re-energizes you beyond your expectations 🙂

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  3. I had a feeling in my bones, Steve … I didn’t want to keep hassling you via email. But I had this feeling. Once you feel the thrill of the wind of escape …
    We all need to take breaks – and fairly long ones, I’ve come to believe.
    But oh, if you shut down … I shall be bereft.

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