Fifth Anniversary

Today is the fifth anniversary of this blog, though looking back at the first entry it‘s hard to see many similarities.

I started on Blogger without comments or trackback. I knew nothing about HTML. Didn’t know how to include a single photo for a year or so.

Of course, I still don’t know very much about HTML, though I can manage to use BBEdit, even Dreamweaver, if need be, and have learned much about FTP’ing.

Still, if it wasn’t for the magic of technical geniuses like Shelley Powers and others, I’m sure I would have long ago lost interest in this site.

If I’d done so, I suspect my life would be much less interesting, and I would have lost the opportunity of making virtual friends with people from around the world and real friends here in Tacoma.

On a more depressing note, I notice that no one in the government has paid the least attention to my political ravings, and the world doesn’t appear any safer now then it did then. I’m afraid the Bush administration didn’t learn a thing from the dark times the country has gone through and certainly hasn’t managed to make Afghanistan or Iraq a better place than it was before.

Somehow that doesn’t surprise me.

Still, I think I would think less of myself if I didn’t do my best to create the kind of world that I would want to live in for my children and grandchildren.

I like to delude myself into believing that I’m making the world a better place than it would otherwise be, and, happily, many nice readers have helped me to cling to that illusion.

13 thoughts on “Fifth Anniversary”

  1. Your blog is, for me, like that little glade alongside a small stream that you sometimes find unexpectedly walking through the woods. Whether it’s your photos, or poetry discussions (I really like those, by the way), or the grandkids, it takes me to a place in my mind where I really like to be. So thanks for including me in your world.

  2. Thanks for persevering in a dark time, Loren. “Love is not consolation, it is light” (Simone Weil).

  3. And another happy anniversary out to you as well Loren. Always enjoy finding out what wildlife you’ve encountered and books you’re reading.

  4. Loren, hello, it’s me again, Theresa. Five years: happy anniversary! I’ve only been blogging for two. I started on AOL but left when they put ads on the blogs. I went to Blogger. I still don’t know much about the technical aspect of it, but I enjoy writing about my creative life over there. Your blog is visually stunning and I really appreciate the intelligent entries. I shall visit here often. I believe each writer does make a difference; perhaps not in the way we might wish. Bush isn’t likely to change, but you give strength to others out here who are also trying to survive in the dark world he has created. Thank you.

  5. Happy fifth! yup, that’s a milestone all right. And thanks for all the books and words and images you’ve shared with us. My life would certainly have been impoverished without you.

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