Who Am I and Why Am I Here?

First Post for Blogging 101/ January 2015


angel-in-pressed-tinWho am I, etc. It’s a fair question. The About page of this blog gives a lot of the basic “facts.” Retired from a bunch of things, I’m looking to see what I can do with this medium. So far, I’ve been posting mainly photography. I’d like to expand that a little and I’m using this course as a jumping-off point. I hope to do memoir, essays, things like that.

I do keep a personal journal and it’s just that: personal. With the blog i’d like to be in touch with others. Maybe the real question is: why not Facebook or something like that? ¬†That’s harder to answer. I see a lot of people doing interesting things on Facebook. I think the answer to that is I’m looking for a little room to turn around in.

The first topic that comes to mind is memoir, probably because I already edit a memoir section in an online magazine, so it’s a subject that interests me. Also, I think writing about the past can lead to insights about the present.

Well, of course I’d love to connect with anyone who’s interested in hearing what I have to say — and who will have things to say back to me. I’d really love to get some conversations going. I suspect most of my readers will come from my age cohort, but I don’t assume it. When I was younger, I was interested in what some of the oldies had to say. I’m guessing there may be younger people out there who may connect with me in the same way.

If I blog successfully throughout the next year, I would hope to have written at least a handful of repeatable essays and

AKA: Shazrek
AKA: Shazrek

connected with some interesting people. Oh yes, and not least, I hope to learn more about how to use WordPress.

Things Left Behind

florida-boat-2012Sometimes we mean to come back to them, even when we know they might not be there when we come back

sand-castleSometimes we’re just done

trash-oneor resting

hoopsSometimes it’s just not right

IMG_0008and other times it can’t be helped

zen-leafYes, it’s really Fall now, here in the Northern Hemisphere. Almost time for some things to close, but not yet

florida-playground-2-2012

(Actually — disclaimer notice — this park is in Florida. I suppose it only closes when the winds come. Well, sometimes life is like that too. )

A Response in Cats

 

Inesphoto, a blog I follow, had some wonderful cats today and, in a modest response, I thought I would post some of my own. Like this one

tina

This is our cat, Tina. Below is a feral cat, who lives on a friend’s property

Tizzy-calico-cat-in-the-graand this one

IMG_0008and this one

Tizzy-cat-under-the-fence

 

but mostly, I want to post this link — I hope it works, it’s my first attempt at adding a link

Forever Cats

Greetings and many thanks!

We Don’t Go It Alone

child-helping-anotherEven hermits in their fastness depend on somebody for food. If it’s not a person delivering food, it’s a person supplying the wherwithall to catch the food. Imagine here, a picture of someone with a rifle — or a bow and arrow. It doesn’t matter. The hermit who’s a vegetarian, tending his isolated garden, even that guy. And most of us need even more than that…an-embraceEven when, or maybe, especially when, it’s somebody to show the way…

father-and-childOr make the way (at least for a while)woman-with-baby-cart