Dear Friends …
In recent days, I have received some feedback about some of my posts that has given me pause. I take all feedback seriously, and these have left me in a quandary. I value all who read my blog, and those who have said my writing is becoming too dark, are long-time, loyal readers whom I consider friends, and I do not want to lose them as either readers or friends.
However, the entire purpose of my blog is to speak out against the things I see as social injustice, threats against our nation, and humanitarian issues both in the U.S. and around the globe. If I did not write about those things, then I could not write, as those are the things that matter to me. I simply cannot write about relationships, cooking, or fashion, and I have no small children at home whose antics I can share. I absolutely cannot write either poetry or fiction, as the results come out flatter than a piece of cardboard. I write about politics and global issues … it is who I am and what I do. I do write my Monday Morning Politic-free posts once a week, usually on Sunday evening, and while I have a lot of fun with those, they are also a struggle, as I am usually thinking about some issue that I really need to be researching and writing about.
I have lived in this country all my life, was raised on both the East and West coasts, by extremely liberal parents, during the Civil Rights era, so my interest in politics and humanitarian issues dates back to around age four, nearest I can figure. I do remember the 1956 presidential election between Dwight Eisenhower and Adlai Stevenson … I sat on the floor and kept track of the results with marbles (yes, those same marbles I recently lost!). Even though I have always cared deeply about issues such as I write about, I spent my adult life busy with a career as an accountant, raising three children, one severely disabled, driving a school bus, serving as an advocate on the local school board, and earning various degrees … all of which left little time to pursue creative efforts or use my voice to support my interests and beliefs. It is only since I retired from the corporate world that I have been able to do this, and I find it to be both rewarding and, at times, stressful.
On the flip side, I do understand the grievances of some readers. Many live outside the U.S., and I’m sure are getting tired of hearing and reading of the darkness that is descending here, when they have their own worries at home. Others tell me my posts just add too much stress to their already stressful lives. I hear you all and am trying to figure out what to do about it …
So, you can see my quandary … I absolutely do not want to disappoint my reader-friends, but I feel compelled to keep on taking a stand and making my voice heard. My friend Herb frequently tells me that I over-think things … he is probably right … but that is also part of who I am. I can see that I must try to lighten up a bit, perhaps write more about that which takes place in other parts of the world as well, and perhaps try to inject more good news (when I can find it) into my posts. But there is much going on in this nation and around the world that is deeply disturbing and I cannot remain silent on those issues, because I foresee some very real dangers on the horizon.
So, I am asking you, dear friends, to help me out a bit with my quandary. Let me know what you like and don’t like about my posts, give me some suggestions for improving this blog and making it one that you look forward to reading, one that you learn from, and one that makes you think but not too hard! And please, stick with me here … I value you all, love reading your comments, and think of you as friends.