Saturday, August 18, 2007

Intersections 1

I have been trying to decide what to do about blogging for the upcoming year. I thought about creating a new blog dedicated to my seminary/spiritual direction training life but, as some of my readers know, I have tried to maintain separate blogs before and failed rather dramatically. Way too ADD. I thought about going somewhat public, but for a myriad of reasons that seems to be a Very Bad Idea. I thought about what I might want to blog about with respect to my new ventures, and realized that I feel no compulsion to address via blogging the current divisions, political and theological, in my church, at least not beyond those occasional references that emerge naturally through my own experiences.

I thought about not blogging at all. Time is, after all, about to become a bigger issue for me than it has been of late. I could go cold turkey.

As I was considering my options, a longtime occasional reader from the AOL days left me a lovely comment, to the effect that reading the blog can be like a retreat at times. Hmmm, I thought. Maybe that's the focus. I suppose I will continue to ramble through my daily life in my entries, reduced in number through they might be, which means that all of the subjects listed in my sidebar will continue to show up from time to time. But the religious stuff? Maybe more reflection and less minutiae? Or not? The spiritual does have a way of making its appearance through the trivial.

I guess we will have to see. What I have concluded for the time being is to try to set the more focused "new life" entries aside, however haphazardly they appear, into a series entitled Intersections, a word which reflects the locus of my life right now. There is a place about half a mile from our home where five streets come together in one massive intersection, necessitating five different crosswalks and a confusing computerized system of signals for cars and pedestrians. I am feeling a bit as if I am standing in the middle of the entire conglomeration of pavement, lights, cars, and people. Peacefully. And hopefully. (The gelateria is, after all, right there.)

So ~ Intersections it is.

The photo marking the series is from Iona.


Quotidian Grace said...

That sounds like a really good idea, GG. I would certainly miss reading your blog if you decided not to continue it!

Cynthia said...

I'm so glad you've decided not to just quit blogging. I'd miss you way too much, and I like the idea of intersections. I also know that your blog will develop as your life and thoughts want it to. Anyway, I'll read as long as you write.

LawAndGospel said...

Echoing what has been said. The intersection of faith and life is where most of us find ourselves living "in the tensions." Blogging is kind of like journaling,a newsletter and a quilting bee all wrapped in one. Hope you will continue in the way that sustains you.

RevDrKate said...

Glad to hear you are staying on the page, and in a way that feels like it may best fit for your life and the new directions. Love the image of the intersections w/the Iona cross, lots of fertile metapor there!

Lisa :-] said...

I would have had to do something dire if you had said you were going to quit blogging.

I know there are times we all think that the stuff we come up with for our blogs is a big ho-hum for our readers. My last few entries about my business kind of proves that.

But, heck. It's MY blog, and I'll write what I like. If folks lap it up, fine. If they yawn and click on something else, oh well.

more cows than people said...

oh, good decision. thank you. your reflections are nearly always a wonderful blessing to me.

Judith HeartSong said...

yes, this place is a safe haven... and although I am not religious in the same way that you are, I greatly appreciate your reverent thoughtfulness,and our spirituality is very much the same to me.

You are a gentle point of light in a vast darkness.... I cannot in any way imagine this place without you.

A warm hug,


alphawoman said...

Interesting how this has become a commom theme among the AOL-J-Land crowd. I blame it on the weather and the cyclical nature of blogging. And the fact that all of us have been doing it for near four years. Holy Cow...that's a lot of commitment.

Mark Smith said...

I'll read whatever you write. Please keep it up.