Ten years ago tomorrow, December 3, I was coming to the end of my first year in Michigan and wondering why I had left the American West. I had been hearing about blogs so I decided to start my own. To this day, this has been my semi-anonymous blog as I don’t talk about work and spend little time talking about family. Over the past decade, I have posted poetry, satire, memoir, book reviews, travelogues, recipes and a few memes (thank God that fad has seemed to have faded). I have a few readers who have been with me since the early years and I appreciate them and learning about how their lives are changing. There have been a few readers who disappeared and I learned later that they had died. The world is a sadder place. And then there are many who kept blogging for a few years before they threw in the towel, but I am thankful for what they shared and their comments on my blog. Some of the later, I have kept up with on Facebook (which is why my blog is only semi-anonymous).
In honor of my first decade, I am posting this photo of me. The photo of me with a dark beard was taken in a few years earlier on a cross-country ski trip across Cedar Breaks National Monument in Utah. Now, gray has taken hold of my beard and the top of my head no longer sustains hair growth. I have always liked hats and sunglasses.
In case you ever wondered, I like classic rock and debated on whether to call this post "Ten Years After" after the British blues-rock band (remember their classic, "I"d Love to Change the World") or Decade after the classic Neil Young 1977 album by the same name. I had that album on vinyl and wonder what ever happened to it. There was lots of good music on those three LPs: Cinnamon Girl, Sugar Mountain and the haunting "The Needle and the Damage Done."
I will close with a photo of this evening’s sunset behind the marsh on my late afternoon walk (taken on an iphone on the panoramic setting. This country is so different from Michigan and Utah! Cheers!