Last call

The end

The end

There are things we never want to let go of, people we never want to leave behind.  But keep in mind that letting go isn’t the end of the world; it’s the beginning of a new life.

~ Unattributed

So.  This is it.  My last post here at Life in the Bogs.  From here on out, you will find me at Breezes at Dawn, my new blog home.  Please join me there so we can continue our adventures together.

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The Penultimate

Let's cross the bridge to the past.  (Somewhere in Pennsylvania, sometime in September of 2006.)

Let’s cross the bridge to the past. (Somewhere in Pennsylvania, sometime in September of 2006.)

The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be the beginning.

~ Ivy Baker Priest

Back in September of 2006, in anticipation of a temporary move to West Chester, Pennsylvania, I started a little blog called Life in the Bogs.  It was not meant to be anything more than an online newsletter for family and friends so they could keep up with M and I as we went on our sabbatical adventures.  This was not my first experience with blogging.  I’ve been doing it in some form since 1999.  But Life in the Bogs was the first blog I created under my own name (rather than a pseudonym).

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Routine

Winter colors

Winter colors

As long as habit and routine dictate the pattern of living, new dimensions of the soul will not emerge.

~ Henry Van Dyke

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Blue spirits

Contemplation in blue

Contemplation in blue

Perhaps the whisper was born before lips,
And the leaves in treelessness circled and flew,
And those, to whom we impart our experience as bliss,
Acquire their forms before we do.

~ Osip Mandelstam

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Taken aback

Hey, I put some new shoes on!*

I had a great weekend.  It was good to get out of the chair and away from the computer screen.  Well, not completely away.  I visited a few blogs, answered a few comments, checked email, explored new possibilities.  That sort of thing.  But I spent more time away than here than usual of late, and that was lovely.  I have to tell you that my post on Friday was a bit of a shock to me.  Not when I posted it of course, because I knew what I had written.  I was surprised when my mind and fingers found themselves in agreement about not participating in NaBloPoMo this year.  I hadn’t consulted myself about it.  It was just there, the decision, in spite of having made preparations to participate.  I am pleased I followed my heart.  Once I hit publish on Friday’s post, I felt a sense of great relief.

*From Paolo Nutini‘s New Shoes.  The song is semi-appropriate for my recent life and times.

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Monday musings

Fountain in Franklin, Pennsylvania.

I have politics on the brain today.  Nothing specific in terms of candidates or parties.  Just a deep weariness of all the rancor and division in the political ads.  Rumor has it that those who don’t live in swing states are not subjected to this toxic waste of money.  Turning off the television or radio makes no difference.  Most of the ads I am subjected to online are political in nature, and the phone rings frequently throughout the day.  The Republicans must have more money to burn than the Democrats as all the robo-calls have been coming from the RNC (Republican National Committee), with the occasional Tea Party call thrown in for good measure.

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Sunday signage: I am not always at my best

Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.

~ Oscar Wilde

A while back I wrote a post titled Three Things.  It was a simple post, a reaction to harsh words.  I thought, at the time, the post was more of an action than a reaction but it’s been a month or so and I can see it was still on the reactive side of the equation.

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