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Saturday, July 16, 2016

Frequency of Silence -- Celebrating 10 Years of Blogging

This blog began as a journal and tribute to my late father.  At the time, I knew I wanted to start a blog but I had no direction or idea where to start.  For the most part, I was looking for a platform to strengthen my writing discipline.  I began to write with the idea of examining my relationship with my father; even two years after his death (he died in 2004), I was still trying to study his immense influence and the excellence of his life.  As things go, the effort did not go very far regarding that subject.  I began to write about my teaching experience.  I was still at the academy at the time and the teaching schedule allowed me little time to think about anything else.  Then I added books.  Not so much the ones I was teaching but rather the ones I was reading for my own pleasure and edification. Then I added art, and writing, and music... and here we are.

The blog also became a refuge during some of the most difficult times in my life.  I keep the account of those times out of this blog, and give little to identify me with.  I never wanted to bring my problems here--as I said, this was the escape.  

One regret I do have is not having started this blog in 2005, a year in which my yearly personal reading list reached epic proportions.  There are some volumes from that year's list that I have re-read and therefore have included here.  I am, however, tempted to go back and write entries for all of those titles.  That was, once again, a difficult year but one made bearable by the escape to literature and art and music.  2009 was also tragic and difficult, and, once again, blogging made all the difference.

I have an ambitious list for this year, although I suspect the time constraints will make me push some of the titles to next year.  Regardless, I am looking forward to keeping this alive and thank you all for your kind visits and comments.   

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