That phrase — Keep on pedaling — is the secret to life according to my brother-in-law, Tony G. He may not know it, but I've realized it's also the secret to blogging. There's always something to write about and there's always someone who wants to read it. My job is to find that something, turn it into an illustrated story and present it to you. I've been doing that for six years, since Sunday, August 24, 2008.
Each year at this time, I publish the source of the name for my blog along with my original introductory words. My blog name is not self-explanatory, as so many are, and I think it is helpful to know its deeper meaning.
For the mind, by nature stagey, welds its frame
Tomb-like around each little world of a day.
We jump from picture to picture and cannot follow
the living curve that is breathlessly the same.
— Louis Mac Neice / 1907-1963
. . .
What little world?
EACH LITTLE WORLD that collides with mine:
The world of interiors and exteriors; bibliophiles; china and dishing; feasts and fests; food; flowers and gardens; material possessions and textile obsessions; worldly goods and bads.
Your worlds and mine.
Let the collision begin.
I've been lucky to discover a world of readers whose pursuits are as diverse as my own. Some of you I've known for years in my pre-blog life, some of you I've met in person post-blog and some of you I look forward to meeting one of these days. I picture all of you when I write, when I decide what to write, and when I look to see what you've written.
Thank you for continuing to visit my little world. I love to hear what you think so don't be shy; leave a comment. Here's to another year of sharing our worlds: writing and reading and riding side-by-side — not colliding.
The above quoted poetry text is the 2nd stanza of Louis Mac Neice's poem, "August," as it appears in A Little Treasury of Modern Poetry.