First let me say that I was truly moved by the kind words and wise counsel my wonderful cyber friends offered in response to my previous post. How can I possibly say "bye" to friends like that? Believe me, I read each comment over and over and weighed what you folks said to me.
For some time I have thought about starting a new blog - not an easy decision to make considering all the time and effort I invested in establishing and nurturing my Elephant. But I really think the time is now for me to allow this particular piece of me to fade away. I have mixed emotions about it, but I simply must move on.
Now I'm hoping that what I'm about to tell you will make you guys happy. I have decided to start a new blog, a more personal effort, and I invite each of you to start visiting me there - or rather here, if you will click this link. And if those of you with blogs will kindly update your blog rolls, any interested persons can continue to follow me there. I don't anticipate any more postings here.
Sometimes it takes a change to inspire a person. I don't do change well, but if I don't break out of my present rut I'm afraid I'm going to be sucked into a black hole or something. This is a challenge and one I think I can rise to meet.
Frankly, I've had a case of the blues lately that is unlike anything I can ever remember, at least so far as depth and persistency is concerned. I had some rough times in my puberty years, but who doesn't - with all the hormonal changes you go through and wacky brain chemistry? But I don't think what I'm experiencing now is related to bad brain chemistry. (I think my youthful ignorance and enthusiasm is slowly giving way to the realization that the last half of life holds a lot of angst and uncertainty, lots of scary things, in fact, and I'm having trouble adjusting.)
Anyway, there is time to explore all that at my new blog, and I will welcome, as always, the insights my readers may want to share. Maybe I'm going to be "blurting" out some things and letting the chips fall wherever. I've always ranted on occasion and it always seems to help me in the same way a good healthy and extended belch does.
Eternal optimists get on my last damned nerve! (In fairness, eternal pessimists do, too.) I wish I could find the right balance, but in this life I just can't seem to do it. It's all very beautiful and quite nice at times; but there are elements of it that absolutely suck and I see no reason to pretend otherwise. What's more, it makes me feel good to point those things out. Besides, I enjoy listening to people tell me how I need to change my perspective (which is often true, I'll admit). There is that Wayne Dyer school of thought (I've read his books) that says things are neither good nor bad in and of themselves, rather it is the spin we put on things that make them one or the other. There is something to be said for that. And then a Hurricane Katrina or such like comes along and brings us back to reality. However, the storms of life don't last and if we aren't obliterated by them, we live to fight and fume another day.
So I am now extending a cordial invitation to everyone who wants to keep in touch with me to join me at my new blog. Watch me branch out, or maybe fall flat. I can't make any promises other than to just be myself, with all my intellectual foibles. At least I admit I'm off plumb.