I woke up recently -- yesterday, to be exact -- not wanting to blog any more. I decided not to post about it. That always seems a bit like pandering to me, to post that you are abandoning your blog-calling in favor of life itself. A ploy to get readers to beg and tell you how much your daily mind trips mean to them. In other words, a cheap trick to squeeze a commitment out of those who frequent the blog. A threat.
But I emailed a few key players and told them of my decision. The consensus was, "Good for you. You don't wanna blog, then don't."
So after this I'm not going to offer new posts. (Hedging: At least not very often. You might check every week or so.) But if you're new, or if you'd like to take some time pondering some of the great themes we have discussed here, there are ways you can do it. The blog will stay up, and it will still have all the old information it once had. All you have to do to browse is type a keyword into the little blank rectangular box in the upper left hand corner of the blog where it says "Search This Blog" and then click SEARCH.
You may find profound posts on such topics as the Marietta Johnson School, Henry George, Bobby Darin, Anderson Cooper, Campbell Scott, Garcia Lorca, Gone With the Wind, Robert E. Bell, duende, aesthetic weight, Tennessee Williams, the new library in Fairhope, and lots of other stuff.
I'll keep my Site Meter running to see if there is any attendance on the blog for a little while. I'll post, maybe, when inspired. But for now I'm officially retired.