Thursday, August 31, 2017

An anniversary approaches

On September 28th this blog will have been in existence for ten years. Yes, dear reader, an entire decade of shared laughter and tears, ups and downs, froth and substance, serious explorations and sheer folderol has elapsed. In other words, a slice of life -- yours and mine -- consisting of 3,653 days (including the Leap Days of 2008, 2012, and 2016) that we can never get back are gone forever.

Sadly, long gone are such readers as Jeannelle of Iowa (not to be confused with Eleanor of Aquitaine), Carolina in Nederland and her wonderful horses, Daphne in Yorkshire, her friend Ian who had a silver back, Pat - An Arkansas Stamper, Dr. John Linna of Neenah, Wisconsin, who had a whole town in his basement, Katherine de Chevalle in New Zealand, and the one and only Putz of Tooele, Utah. I miss them all. Happily, though, stepping up to the plate to take their turns at bat (it's an expression from the game of baseball) have been such online luminaries as Graham Edwards from the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland, Elephant's Child whose just-so story takes place in Australia, author Frances Garrood, Emma Springfield, the ever-irrepressible Yorkshire Pudding, Snowdrift Snowplow Snowbrush, Adrian, Gary, another Ian who shoots parrots (not really), someone who is simply All Consuming, and many others.

I appreciate each one of you, and newcomers are always welcome.

It has been great fun to date, and I look forward to continuing the online interaction with you for quite a while yet. But who knows? I may live another twenty years or another twenty minutes. I am hoping to last another 28 days, at least, to reach this significant anniversary.

If you're wondering what to get me, money is always good.

I hope you know I'm joking.

10 comments:

  1. It was Katherine de Chavalle (sic) who drew the picture that is my avatar for Blogland at the moment. Although she is rarely to be seen in Blogland these days she is alive and well and busy and a great friend.

    I wish you many more blogging years.

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  2. Graham Edwards, when I said "long gone" I meant from Blogland, not from the face of the earth, with the exception of Dr. John, who had a rather sudden departure and shuffled off this mortal coil a few years back. The rest, as far as I know, are still very much with us. Jeannelle, for example, often posts on Facebook under her first name, Lois. Sorry that I was unclear about that. Oh, and we have a painting of grapes that was done by Kate!

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  3. My dear Mr Brague, I am keeping my fingers tightly crossed that you will indeed make it to the anniversary of your engaging blog. For me it has acted like a keyhole view into middle America. "Ever-Irrepressible" sounds like a good idea for the legend on my gravestone. What would you pick for your own carving?

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    1. this blog may be a keyhole view into me, but I think middle America, by and large, would not appreciate being included. Or didn't you know I am one of a kind? Perhaps my epitaph could read "A Gem Of A Guy" (l'm joking).

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  4. I just sent you a million dollars. I hope it arrives soon. Anyway Happy Anniversary.

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    1. Emma, I will keep my eyes peeled for the mail truck.

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  5. A very happy Blogoversary to you. The warmth, the wonder and the education I found when I discovered blogs continues to delight me.

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    1. Elephant's Child, I quite agree with your observation.

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  6. Happy Almost Anniversary! I wonder if that's like having an almost birthday? And do you get more presents that way? I shall have to try it out on the family and see if it works. You are a ray of sunshine, lighting up a sometimes bleak world where often the written & spoken words are bad news. Keep it up RWP, you are needed, appreciated and enjoyed, my friend!

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    1. Hilltop Homesteader, your comment brings to mind a Sunday School song from 70 years back: "A sunbeam, a sunbeam! Jesus wants me for a sunbeam! A sunbeam, a sunbeam! I'll be a sunbeam for Him!"

      I'm sorry I didn't include your name in the main post. You certainly belong in that list.

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