Not in the clamor of the crowded street, not in the shouts and plaudits of the throng, but in ourselves, are triumph and defeat.--Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

REDIRECT ALERT! (Scroll down past this mess if you're trying to read an archived post. Thanks. No, really, thanks.)

Due to my inability to control my temper and complacently accept continued silliness with not-quite-as-reliable-as-it-ought-to-be Blogger/Blogspot, your beloved Possumblog will now waddle across the Information Dirt Road and park its prehensile tail at http://possumblog.mu.nu.

This site will remain in place as a backup in case Munuvia gets hit by a bus or something, but I don't think they have as much trouble with this as some places do. ::cough::blogspot::cough:: So click here and adjust your links. I apologize for the inconvenience, but it's one of those things.

Friday, February 25, 2005


That took longer than I thought it would. Of course, part of that is my own fault--it’s hard not to go visiting folks on the Internet, and that tends to make the task at hand stretch out a bit longer than necessary.

SO, what have I been doing? Same old crap--typing up meeting minutes and talking to people on the phone and keeping the wide river of paperwork flowing neatly and efficiently.

And thinking about folks.

One of the odd things about having this particular outlet for my thoughts is that over the past few years, I have gotten to “know” a lot of folks. Know is in quote marks, because for the most part I have gotten to know people only through e-mails and such, and much more rarely by actually talking to them on the phone, and even rarer still by being able to sit across from a table and LOOK at them as we talk. But, despite not sharing the same physical space, I still think of so many of you--whether you’re one of my readers or one of my fellow bloggers--as much more than simple passing acquaintances. People talk about the way computers have the ability to alienate people, and I’m sure that’s probably true, but they’ve also managed to bring folks to my door whom I would have never in a thousand years known otherwise.

You have become friends of mine, and just as surely as someone I know at church or at work or around home, when one of you folks out in the ether is having problems, it hurts just as much as it does with anyone else. And, I don’t know, but it just seems like right now there are an awful lot of you out there who are in the midst of tough times.

I don’t ever talk in great detail about my religious beliefs, for several reasons--mainly because I realize I’m not the best example when it comes to such things, and Possumblog is, after all, a highly unserious sort of place that is not really the best place to talk about serious subjects. It’s also because out in the wild wooly world of the Internet, religious talk is one of those things that brings trolls out like a swarm of roaches, and I just don’t have the time nor inclination to have to deal with such silly crap, or to try to defend everyone else’s religious mistakes done in the name of God.

Still, I don’t make a secret of it that God plays a pretty big role in my life, and likewise, prayer. Now, I understand why there’s animosity about this seemingly silly practice from the folks who don’t believe in God--I mean, I’m a pretty rational person, and have a good bit of book smarts, and if you look at such things from a humanistic point of view, I suppose it probably doesn’t make a lot of sense. But for those of you out there who are having your problems and difficulties and are having to deal with some great big steaming slabs of Life, I do pray for you. A lot. It’s part of the reason why I haven’t been quite so prolific of late. Sometimes it’s just real hard to feel frisky and creative when your mind is occupied with the thoughts of those who are struggling--hard--with fear and loss and sickness and uncertainty.

Anyway, to you all who fit that category, may God grant you peace, and wisdom.

As for me, I’ll be heading home in a couple of hours for what promises to be yet another in a long line of weekends overly-full of riot and mayhem, which are usually good for more gray hairs and a couple of mildly interesting blog posts. I have a secret errand to run Monday morning, so I won’t be posting until Monday afternoon. Until then, all of you have a good weekend.

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