“Getting Back To It”

Charlie and me on July 4th

I have been on an extended break from my blog as I reconnect with what matters to me and what doesn’t. I love connecting with others around the world through this forum. I love learning about people, places, gardens, families, pets, books and ideas. However the United States is a hard place to live in for me right now. Too much of the internet, including social media, is full of hyperbole, terror, dissension and fear. Much of it is appropriate in small doses. But it takes its toll, no matter how little I let myself be exposed to it. Abortion, guns, sedition, lying, graft, grift and more fill the air right now. It reminds me of the 1960’s and 1970’s, years I already lived through. I was younger then with more stamina and more hope.

So acknowledging all that, I return to this place to express my thoughts. I am fully conscious of all the turmoil. However, I plan to continue to write about more ordinary things. There is much good to share. Think of my writing, as I do, as a balm for the weary.

From my religious tradition the words are “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” Whatever your world view, I wish you the same.

29 thoughts on ““Getting Back To It”

  1. Hello Elizabeth, I am pleased to see a post from you. I also try to keep my little piece of the internet free from political misery. Our blogs are where we share the best of ourselves, our aspirations and our hopes.


  2. Very nice photo, Elizabeth. I agree, we’re bombarded daily, hourly by social wars and news stress. Writing and reading about the simple life in a stress free attitude is good therapy for the soul.


  3. I don’t think I could write about heavy topics every day. It’s good to mix up your blog and write about ordinary things.


  4. Oh there you are….with a fella who I take it is your man. Good looking couple!

    There’s a lot going on in your part of the world isn’t there….good on ya for being ‘ordinary’ – we definitely like ordinary so are looking forward to hearing about your ordinary life. My life is certainly ordinary- some days I wonder if writing about it is interesting enough


  5. Good to see you back, Elizabeth, and a lovely photo. I completely understand what you express here; I feel the same way too about our side of the ocean. The world is a difficult place right now. Please continue to write about those ordinary things. To do so is an act of rebellious hope and rebellious joy, phrases which resonate strongly for me right now. take good care x


  6. Welcome back! The world is a dark place right now! I feel that if our words can bring some levity and light to someone’s day, we are doing a small but valuable service! Take care!


  7. Hi Elizabeth, I have to believe that all the bad and turmoil is what makes the news, and not the good. That’s sad, because most of what happens with people is good. Peace be with you.


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