a cucumber should be well sliced, and dressed with pepper and vinegar, and then thrown out, as good for nothing.
though i love a good cucumber (provided it’s thoroughly peeled) i can still appreciate the humor in dr. johnson’s dry wit. but there’s another quote of his that has far deeper resonance for me:
to let friendship die away by negligence and silence is certainly not wise. it is voluntarily to throw away one of the greatest comforts of the weary pilgrimage.
while it’s true that this site doesn’t serve as immediate a purpose as it did once, i can’t believe it’s been over two months since i posted. every day i think that i’d like to post but just never get around to it. part of the story is that i’ve been busy – i’ve finished a website for my paintings (or at least mostly finished) and with school out, i’ve spent much of the summer busy with kids. i’m meeting one shortly this afternoon so i don’t have time to write the epic catch-up that’s now necessary after so much time away.
the bottom line is that i miss this, and i miss you, my dear readers, and i’m sorry for neglecting you. most of you know that it’s my birthday today, so i thought i’d give myself a birthday present by reengaging with all of you, however indirectly. it just so happens that tonight our favorite live band karaoke group is playing in our neighborhood, so we’re meeting friends and will be singing late into the night. which is how i’d like to spend every birthday. or every day. or at least most days.
next week looks pretty open at the moment, so i’m hoping to have more time to start posting regularly again. until then, thanks for checking in.