Five Years On
It has been five years since I began this blog. It does not seem that long. It has been an interesting activity for me which has allowed me to organize and write down some of my thoughts. It has also allowed me to get to know a small circle of fellow blogger and read many blogs I have found stimulating and interesting.
I was not sure what I would do with it when I started the blog. I am a news junkie, a compulsive researcher of anything and everything, a history buff and a follower of politics in a hand full of countries. I have a background in philosophy and theology which often find me with a head of ideas concerning the great questions in life. I at least figured I would organize and vent some of my thoughts in my postings. It turns out I have a recurring theme which often appears. It is the comparison of Canadian culture with American culture. Having lived in the United States and studies a lot of American history and literature, as a Canadian nationalist, I am always drawn to try to explain the differences. This has long been a preoccupation of mine.
It has turn out that I have also revealed a little about my life here on a farm property along the Temagami River, in Ontario. It amuses me that I get more comments when I post some pictures of critters around here, (who have mostly left not to return as my life moves on) particularly my beloved Heidi, my canine companion, the constant source of joy and amusement, than when I struggle to compose a thoughtful political comment. It seem it is easier for people to respond to an image rather than an idea and the personal rather than the thoughtful.
From the beginning, I thought of the blog in terms of a metaphor of a river passing by with me occasionally tossing in a pebble to leave my short lived temporal impression on the stream (of Life). The metaphor has a real image for me which is the Temagami River, which crosses my land. I love rivers . I particularly love "my river" which even as a child I thought of it as a river of romance and wilderness. It is probably the main reason I bought this property 30 years ago. My very first posting on September 28, 2005, was about the river as a place to sit and toss pebbles in the stream.
Without getting all theological about it, I find the solitude of being close to Nature as the closest I can get to the Sacred, the interior sense of the holy reaching out to the Holy of our external reality. (I often write like this without using that most problematic word "God".)
I guess I will continue to write in this blog about things I think are important or amusing as long as it meets a need in me to publicly reach out and express myself. I hope others may find what I write interesting and stimulating for them but basically I write not for others but for myself.
Finally, a spinoff from the blog has been emails I have been moved to write to fellow bloggers when leaving a comment on their blog is never enough. With a few some of these exchanges of emails has been extensive at times, often more personal then we would have written within the confines of the blog's comments. This has been a further enriching experience for me. A few people I have gotten to know "well" this way in spite of having never met. This is surely a strange medium, at the same time impersonal and personal (occasionally revealing more than we should). I hope to continue to have email extensions of the blog from time to time.
I always look forward to reading other peoples blogs so blog on for now!