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Blogs I Meant to Write and Didn't
1/16/2010 8:55:40 PM
An absence from AD, sort of, an absence from writing...an absence, in some ways, from life, but not truly--finally, a start to the New Year

Where has the year gone?  January's drawing to an end--in a school setting, as the frantic over-assessment season begins, the school year is largely over--and every blog I meant to write in so long remains unwritten.

There are reasons--just not good reasons.  We all suffer setbacks--economic, health, relationships--our setbacks are both unique and global.  Nevertheless, the human spirit compells, usually, a going on.

I meant to write most recently about Susan Boyle and Taylor Swift, about the denial of dreams due to appearance or other shallow considerations, and the miracle of talent--but I didn't.

I meant to write about the heart-rending death of innocence, as a two-year old girl was brutally killed, and while school officials were criminalized, the drug-using, negligent, abusive mother waltzed free--but I didn't.

I meant to explain why Christmas lights send shivers of hope through me, and why I don't understand anyone who begrudges the celebration of Christmas--any religion, any person should be tolerant of hope--but I didn't write that, either.

For some reason, the feeling I get almost every November that writing is a conceit I shouldn't indulge, that it doesn't matter--that I can't do it--has lingered. Usually, by December, I'd be writing again, happily. January came, though, and still--there was no worry, no urgency about all those unwritten words.  But recently, my six year old granddaughter (the oldest of eight) put her first story, complete with invented spelling, up on the wall outside my classroom.  Countless years ago, Mrs. Wheeler put my story up on the school bulletin board--I was six, too.

Life comes at us hard, and sometimes, there's too much of it--or not enough of it.  I'm not sure yet.  But life is what we have at the moment, what we had in the past, and what we will come to terms with again in the future.

My granddaughter's story thrilled me, and shamed me.  January's almost over--it's time to start the new year.



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More Blogs by Leslie P Garcia
• Along the Writer's Road - Saturday, December 21, 2013
• This Sweet, Sweet Irony - Sunday, October 13, 2013
• A Day--A Beautiful Day--in south Texas - Saturday, May 25, 2013
• Happy Mother's Day - Sunday, May 12, 2013
• Hi and Happy Mothers' Day! - Saturday, May 11, 2013
• Random Acts of Thought - Wednesday, July 18, 2012
• Irony of the Right Kind - Monday, April 02, 2012
• Old Acquaintances We Shouldn't Forget... - Thursday, December 29, 2011
• Calmer Moments - Thursday, November 10, 2011
• Just...Tired - Wednesday, November 09, 2011
• Not Famous or Rich, but... - Saturday, October 08, 2011
• A Few Hundred Thousand More... - Tuesday, September 13, 2011
• How It's Done - Sunday, August 28, 2011
• New Again - Wednesday, August 10, 2011
• As Always...and Never - Saturday, July 23, 2011
• Forget You, Perry Mason - Sunday, July 03, 2011
• Totally Country - Sunday, April 03, 2011
• For Teachers --Mostly - Sunday, March 06, 2011
• Borrowing from a Friend--More This and That - Saturday, February 12, 2011
• Back From...Beyond - Monday, November 22, 2010
• Groundhog Day? - Sunday, February 14, 2010
• The New Black? - Tuesday, February 09, 2010
• Okay, On Dream, Susan Boyle and Taylor Swift - Sunday, January 31, 2010
•  Blogs I Meant to Write and Didn't - Saturday, January 16, 2010  
• Beagleized - Monday, August 03, 2009
• Heads, Heels, and Suing the World - Tuesday, July 14, 2009
• Ahhh...Sunny Days and Glaring Glitches - Wednesday, July 16, 2008
• Truth, Sweet or Bitter - Sunday, February 24, 2008
• OOps! - Thursday, August 09, 2007
• But DOES he love her...? - Sunday, June 24, 2007
• A Betting Woman... - Thursday, June 07, 2007
• How Many Days Now? - Wednesday, May 02, 2007
• Following Through: The Piñata Debacle - Thursday, December 28, 2006
• Should Old Memories Be Forgot? - Monday, December 18, 2006
• Sisters and Lions - Tuesday, December 05, 2006
• Honesty, Memories, and Assorted Life Stuff - Wednesday, November 29, 2006
• Awww, Steve - Monday, September 04, 2006
• Voices from the...well, not dead - Saturday, September 02, 2006
• The More Things Stay the Same... - Sunday, November 07, 2004
• Forests, Educators, and the Terminally Puzzled - Tuesday, October 12, 2004
• Low Brows and Bare Feet - Sunday, September 19, 2004
• Sour Grapes and Seabiscuit - Sunday, August 15, 2004
• Derby Day, 2004 - Saturday, May 01, 2004
• Braves New World... - Friday, April 09, 2004
• Not Rose... - Saturday, April 03, 2004
• Headshakes and Handshakes. . . - Monday, June 30, 2003


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