Hi mom

Thinking and blogging and wondering if it will go the way of eight track tapes, CB radios, disco, the anti-nuclear movement, the stock market boom
But it has been a great creative outlet for me and a wonderful means to communicate. Like this: Kerri, how are the boys? Martha, we’re back from France; Celine, you should be getting something from us in the mail soon; Aurelia, 4H is great;Jeff, glad you found my site, and thanks for the comment, perhaps we could talk more? Hi Paul. Like that. The irony is that my mom knows nothing about the web.

4 thoughts on “Hi mom”

  1. Hi David! I wonder that too, since I find it difficult to keep on the many blogs that I find so interesting. Yours is great because it’s usually short and always interesting and always from a personal point of view.
    I think blogging is at least temporarily filling the gap that letter writing used to do. I remember as late as 1971-72 getting and writing hand-written letters nearly every day. OK, most of them were to and from a now defunct girlfriend, but still: we found things to write about and it wasn’t that hard and it was a thrill to get it each day.
    Reading your blog is like getting a letter every few days from someone I like and care about but don’t get to see as much as I’d like. Sorry I haven’t found the way to reciprocate yet.
    How long it lasts? I don’t know, but I suspect that the convenience will make it more durable than one might otherwise think.

  2. Well, then my blogging is working perfectly, at least as far as with you. I think of the blogging as sort of a daily letter too. If nothing else, a letter to myself. If others are interested, all the better. So, my question is–what are some of the other interesting blogs you refer to? (And great comment, by the way.)

  3. Alas, I’m too inconsistent to be terribly helpful. Much of my perusing is while on long boring phone conferences and consists of following links. But here are a couple that you and others may find enjoyable:
    Quaker Ranter is a blog by, Martin Kelly, who critiques modern Quaker liberalism in ways that ring too true. http://www.nonviolence.org/quaker/intro.php
    For pure fun, I also regularly read James Lileks at lileks.com. I often laugh out loud at his newspaper column (“Backfence”) in the Star-Tribune, and his blog is even funnier — and smarter. He has a very interesting political point of view — if it can be labeled, it’d be neo-conservative defined as “a liberal who’s been mugged — but it’s much more practical and less ideological than most of that stripe. It’s also very personal in that he writes a lot about spending most of his daytime hours at home with his 4 yr old daughter while his wife works (in my office, with me, as it turns out). Lots of good stuff any parent would recognize as real.
    He also watches a lot of TV and old movies and writes smart and funny about them. And he’s got this daily serial novel going on about Joe, a matchbook sales man in Ohio, built around a collection of advertisement matchbooks Lileks has collected, one book a day that gets integrated into this story. Lots more, too.
    On an entirely different note, I often read informedcomment.com maintained by Juan Cole, a history professor at U of Michigan who studies history of Islam. He has excellent sources from inside the Middle East and a non-ideological point of view (not to say non-political: he thinks Bush’s policies are disasterous at home and abroad).
    And yours.
    That’s it for now.

  4. Hi mom yourself:
    So, I wonder if your mom is needing to understand the internet. Keep her retro perse. It is all good whereever one is. I think your writing is good. It is a fault of my own to read my man’s words more often. Peace my man

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