So at one point what now feels long ago, I was in an educational program where certain writing courses were required. They were designed to teach us both how to write clearly and concisely, but also how to build and express an argument.
I hated these classes, frankly. Although I am sure I learned something from them. As much as I begrudgingly hate to admit it.
One of the things I learned is that when I am having trouble writing about a subject, I often use what the teacher called "throat-clearing phrases". Words that really added no value to my statement or my arguments or my writing. Words that I put onto screen (because let's face it, I rarely wrote on paper then) simply to clear my metaphorical throat and begin writing about SOMETHING. To get SOME words on the paper.
The literary version of "Um"...
When you haven't written in your blog much lately, and not for nearly five months, it seems necessary before one begins writing of substantive topics to have a, uh, throat-clearing blog entry. Something to get the juices flowing again. To say "Hi" "Sorry I was gone for awhile".
Something to remind you how to write. Except, as that teacher would tell me, it isn't necessary writing well.
I can live with that. Hopefully so can you.
Anyway - I don't know if I'm back. I hesitate to make grand promises I might not keep. I know better than that. I don't want to disappoint.
So, I'll see what I can do to begin doing this again. I think one of the main reasons it took a hiatus is that it had served the need I had of it then. But I'm sure I haven't run out of amusing things to share... so, we'll try again.
Have patience with me dear readers. I think this is like riding a bike. We'll see...