I know Barry Manilow didn’t have COVID-19 or the Pandemic in mind when he wrote this song. It’s the first song that came to mind when I thought about writing my June post. All the social distancing and not being able to hug the ones we love. All the hand washing and mask wearing that will probably be a good idea to continue for some of us. Have we really made it?!!
And some of us didn’t make it! Some 600,000 plus deaths in the United States! So for some of us the Pandemic took its toll, in more ways than one. The losses are great and it looks like it will be a long recovery.
Then there’s the flurry of reports of the Delta variant, sounding ominously similarly to the surges of COVID-19 in the past. We continue to be on alert. It’s not over. Europe is having second thoughts about lifting lockdown restrictions as these more contagious variants are steadily increasing. This seems deja vu for how things progressed a year ago.
Who knows what the future holds? We each live our lives under the shadow of death no matter what age we are. This pandemic has shown us that. All the more reason to reflect on how we want to use our time in this post-pandemic re-entry. I wish that my beautiful, loving friend, Pat, was here to see us get to this point. Hope carried us through up to the point of both of us being fully vaccinated. And then death entered through the back door and took him away from me. I wish we were able to take that ride through the Shenandoah National Park along the Skyline Drive again.
“Life will end—indeed. And that realization should affect the decisions I make each day. But rather than causing me to throw in the towel and give up on life, this shadow of death will spark hope and resolve and passion to spend each remaining day of my life making the most of it.” Joshua Becker ~ Becoming Minimalist
It’s been eight months now since I signed up with WordPress and started on my adventure in blogging. I remember checking my settings to make sure it was set at ‘private‘. I had no idea where I was going with this. ……. And now?! Now I’m enjoying the blogging friendships of people all over the world! I’m learning about other parts of the world and their customs. I’m inspired by the stories of those who had the courage to reach out and share their ‘profiles in courage’. I’m reading fiction/non-fiction of awesome writers who are on their journey to publish their books. Blogging is inspiring and empowering in so many ways.
The event that’s really got me hooked on blogging is the AtoZ Blog Challengethat just came to a conclusion this past April. I had a theme for my challenge which made it possible for me to get focused and to document some thoughts I wanted to share with my children and grandchildren. I just can’t praise the AtoZ Challenge Team enough for its organization, its professionalism, its creativity and its community spirit.
Recently I came across this service Blog2Printwhich allows you to print your blog into book form. The idea of putting My AtoZ Challengeinto book form was something I’d thought about so I took a look at it. I’m so pleased with the results and now will have a hard cover copy. The videos and the links I’d included in my blog posts on AtoZ weren’t able to be printed. It’s still a treasure for me to have.
Take a look at a few sample pages!
Take a look at 15 Reasons I Think You Should Blog! Joshua Becker hit the nail on the head with each of these reasons. If you haven’t started yet, my recommendation is to go with WordPress. I’ve enjoyed this whole experience even more because of the great team at WordPress.