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We’re starting the third week of an eight-week funding campaign. It could be good news at the beginning of August or it could be the start of our Goodbye Girl tour. There’s no certainty in a blog’s life. Unfortunately. If you follow the blog and wants us to stay around longer — even if we’re starting to grow a subtly mismatched eyebrows to become a female version of Andy Rooney — tag a couple of friends to help “she who must not be named’s” funding campaign. We realized that this is already the summer transfer season, and folks are busy and occupied, but hopefully, those friends would tag a couple more folks for help.
Below, we want to share our Top 10 All Time Hits (only covers the items posted since we moved to WordPress). We posted this on our campaign page but for some reason we could not insert links in the update function of GFM.
We’ve been putting this off for as long as we could. Our last fundraising was done the year before last from May 10-July 20, 2017. That funding ran out at the end of May 2018. We have not done a fundraising since then, so we’ve been in a hole for the last year.
We’re not about to splurge on a private plane after we splurge on unlimited coffee, but we do need your help :-). This year we’re going to attempt to raise $40K for 60 days from June 5 to August 5. This would fund the blog from August 2019 – August 2020. We don’t want funding to start before that as we have some obligations to attend to. and blogging could be light to nothing for at least a few weeks this summer.
If we don’t make our goal, that probably is our signal to exit. The blog will then stop updating in August 2020. If we do make more than our goal, we will apply any amount beyond our goal to our funding for the following year.
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We must admit, we are losing our sense of humor. Your blogger regrets this deeply. Inevitably as the years go by, we start losing familiar people and things — loved ones succumb to age or go off on their own adventures. We part with cherished objects and pets. Sometimes when we lose an old friend, we don’t even get to say goodbye. So goodbye, E, a lovely and exceptional human being who enjoyed the written words; may you rest in peace in a heaven filled with books.
Last year, your blogger also said goodbye to an old house. And to an old garden that kept one sane. We bid farewell to the familiar hundred-year-old red cedar tree that stood watch over our backyard. But we had moved many times before; one become accustomed to taking leave of familiar places and homes and to settling into new ones. One gets used ti taking leave of old friends and finding new ones. However, these recurring and often sad transitions are not what is make us lose our sense of humor.
Dr. Web told us that the loss of humor could be an indication of the road to dementia. Alrighty, so advised. But we are not taking that road. No. No. No. Thank you very much, we are in full possession of our faculties. We may be losing old friends and and at least temporarily, a sense of place, but we have not yet damaged our brain cells, people.
We are simply having issues with laughing, especially laughing out loud. Life is freaking funny, but we want it “funny ha-ha” like the way it used to be, not “funny kill me now” the way it often seems to be these days. We’re hoping that ours is only a temporary affliction brought on by our current national circumstances and by the wretchedness in our daily discourse.
This year, we can’t promise you the funnies, or even that we may become wiser as the year goes by. We do promise you that we’ll keep trying to do both, even if we may not always be successful. This blog began during the last year of Secretary Rice’s tenure, spanned the entire tenures of Secretaries Clinton and Kerry, and through the long, dark and stormy 423 Tillerson days. And now we are right smack in the Swagger Era. And who knows how long this will last.
This ride is making even mellow bloggers cranky. So let’s chew on eleven but onward to year 12. We hope you’ll keep us company even if, like us, you just want to be bewitched at times, like Rip Van Winkle in the old-growth forests of the Catskills.
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Hello there! We thought we’d be back to full time blogging before now but life happens. Short-short story, we found a new nest (yep! no more temp housing) but amidst the search, a loved one also had some medical issue that required surgery and recuperation. We’re good now and things are almost normal again but it’s been awhile. Thanks to blog pals who had checked on us and kept us in the loop even when we were not always able to respond or respond timely. And thanks to blog readers who continue to visit even when our blog posts have been boringly sporadic.
Lots of stuff apparently happened. Now Bob Woodward’s book, Fear: Trump in the White House will be out tomorrow. So Crazytown, D.C. will have a large flock of bats in the belfry! Duck and cover in the forecast.
Lordy, this summer was all bananas, what hope is there for fall?