Quiet but not Idle - Breaking the Silence


I know things have been quiet on this blog. I’ve been involved in a lot of projects that don’t bear too much conversation.

  • Remodeling a bathroom after some disastrous work done by an incompetent carpenter.
  • Cleaning 50 years of debris out of a half-basement so we can have a leaky oil tank replaced.
  • Waking the lawn-tractor from her long slumber and mowing the lawn.
  • Endless trips to the dump that feel like they’ll never end. (It’s amazing how much stuff you can fit in the back of a Prius, but a tractor-trailer might suit us better.)
  • Family visits and obligations.
  • Scanning in and then discarding a massive file cabinet’s worth of old journals and writing.

All of this on top of a 40 hour work week and 20 hours’ weekly commute.

Needless to say, I’m feeling tired. Drained might be a better word for it.

The time I spent going through all those old journals has me acutely aware that the world doesn’t need to read anything more about the reasons I haven’t been writing.

It kind of boils down to that old saw: “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.”


I’m still enjoying your blogs and stories when I can, between naps on the train.

I miss a lot of the old-time regulars who have moved on. Has anyone heard from @richq11 or @everittdmickey? I don't like it when the cantankerous go quiet. I wish @atopy would stop in with a quick hello, and I miss the smile and laugh of @sandrina.life. There's so many more.

My folder of bookmarked favorites is full of tumbleweeds. I need to make some time to meet new people.

And I'm still wandering the city streets and collecting photographs. Here, I've even captured myself reflected in a woman's sunglasses - an accomplishment I've only managed to pull off once before, and that time with a man.


We'll see what the summer brings. Work is going great and on the whole things are looking up. But I do miss writing. It's always been this compulsion I can't shake. Which I've often felt is the only legitimate reason to do it - writer's write because they can't quit, even if they want to.

There are worse addictions, I suppose.



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Missed your stuff lately. Glad to see you typing away once more. And so true about writing. A compulsionary itch that will get you little to no scratch, but still fun as heck to do anyway. Hope you catch up with some of the summer chores. I know DDA hasn't been around as much either. Something to look forward to, the winder blues, and writing and art work on Steemit. Cheers

Glad to see you're still around as well!

Summers here are pretty stressful. Maybe that makes it more important to have a bit of fun when we can.

It is a busy time. And your work and other things around the place sure pack it in. Though I've always managed to have fun in most things. Nothing makes sense otherwise.

Don't let writing slip away, man. It'd be a shame. :) Good to see you around.

Thanks. It means so much to know I've got a reader.

One who looks forward to reading more ;)

I don't know about the other ones, but @richq11 is active on weku platform 😉
Beautiful pictures as usual, I love how you catch the every day life of people on streets ❤️

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Good to know you're OK, even if drained, as you say...
It is sad indeed to see so many have left the platform... All I can tell you is that @richq11 is OK. He's pretty active on Weku these days. As for the others, God knows...

Glad to hear @richq11 is doing well. I don't have the time to sign up for another site right now but at least I can read him over there.