This little guy really has a great point. I began my first post on May 21, 2004... almost four years ago. I thought that I might leave something for my children to remember me by and perhaps make my generation more human to our great-grandchildren. Instead, I have found a wide world of wonderful writers, whom I read every day....thereby, lacking time to write anything myself. But, oh, how I love reading the talented people living out there in bloggityville. Funny writers like "Antique Mommy" (who was published in Good Housekeeping in August) and "Big Mama" keep me laughing with the antics of their children and the lovely way younger minds perceive daily life. My first love was Teri Franta of "Here's to Happy Women". She offered a weekly essay every Friday, which I was lucky enough to stumble upon, when she first began writing a blog. She has not been actively doing a weekly blog for some time, but I suspect that there is probably a book skulking about somewhere in the works. Through the comments left on their posts, other bloggers developed personalities and became very real to me, so I added Lisa from "A Comforter is Not a Bedspread" and Big Dave of "Big Dave's Blog" from Ann Arbor. Well, shucks... Ann Arbor is just a hop, skip and a jump from where I live in Ohio. We have a great time trading digs about Michigan and Ohio State, but we have arrived at a good place this year.... I will cheer for The Wolverines in the Capital One Bowl and he will cheer for my Buckeyes in the Championship game. Carine from "What's Cooking" is a friend from California like Teri, who actually has things published, too. Matty from "Running on Empty" ( isn't that a clever name?) and I met through comments on other peoples' blogs and I so admire her witty and thoughtful writing. I introduced her to The Dishing Divas (a cooking site) and their daily Fun Trivia game. We both love to play every day..... apparently, we are very trivial women! If you would like to play... let me know, and I will invite you into the game. Matty sent me over to "Cathy's Place" where I met Cathy and found her to be an insightful writer, passionately interested in St. Judes Hospital and a fellow Ohioan. She ran a challenge contest for an essay about "09/11/01" This made me very happy, because I won! Of course, I twisted every arm I could find on the INTERNET. Cathy has not been writing for a while and I am praying that her health improves, so she will be back with us soon. "Whirling Betty" and "Time with Shelby" came into my life by following comments from Teri's blog. Both Betty and Shelby have very interesting lives and their blogs reflect what point in life they are referencing. These people and many more have been kind enough to leave comments on my place here in bloggityland. I keep thinking of wonderful times that I would like to write about, but am afraid that if I did....my family would kill me. Perhaps, I will have to change the names to protect the innocent. People like Summer of "Life Thoughts" are wonderfully loyal to their readers, even though she is very busy with her cooking site and show, but she still finds time to comment , if I stir my lazy self and write something. "Loving Annie" checks in all the time --- I suspect she thinks I may have died, because we all know I am older than dirt! You have all made my life so much happier with your blogs and I am looking forward to 2008 and finding even more great bloggers. Someone writes a comment on a blog and that leads to another one and then another and on and on. Shucks! Who needs a library card?
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