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I recently got my 300th post up on the Main Feed. I think that’s more than anybody who’s not a contributor, although I’m sure I’m probably missing somebody. Please jump in and correct me, if you know someone else who also can’t seem find anything better to do with their time, like me. I’m going to struggle to catch up with Susan Quinn and Clifford Brown, since their teams of researchers, editors, and writers seem to work around the clock. But I’m proud of what I’ve contributed to the conversation here. Well, most of it. Sorry about the rest.
I joined Ricochet seven years ago, but I didn’t write my first post until four years ago. I’ve had a wonderful time. This really is a great community, and I’ve learned so, so much from my group of friends here. And I’ll stop arguing with you, briefly – just long enough to say ‘Thank You!’ for all I’ve learned here. I appreciate your willingness to share your knowledge, in such a collegial and friendly manner. Well, most of the time. Pretty much.
My membership fee came due last week. I thought about stepping aside for a while. I spend too much time on Ricochet. Maybe get a…um, you know…whatchacallit…oh yeah – a hobby. I’ve heard those are fun.
And for a couple days, I had decided to hang up my laptop, and wander off for a while. I walked away from Ricochet. I figured it was time.
But then I had a bad day at work, and I needed to clear my head. Booze is not a good way to do that. I don’t like television. I live in a suburb now, so I can’t walk in the woods. So I sat down at my laptop, and started tapping away. It forces me to focus on something other than my troubles, and is a good way to clear my head. As good as I’ve found so far, anyway.
So I guess I’m back. I sent in my membership fee, and I’ll get a hobby later, I suppose.
One thing about Ricochet that gets too little attention is that the best articles often have nothing to do with politics or current events. Since I suspect you’re probably as sick of politics as I am right now, down below I’ll link to some happy stuff I’ve written over the years, that might cheer you up, as it did me. Just to take a break for the steady drumbeat of negativity these days…
And once again, thanks everyone for helping me learn about the world, and helping me cope with life. I look forward to continuing our journey together.
This essay from a couple years ago won Ricochet’s weekly competition, “Best essay on the topic of Tinder, Spanish, genderqueers, and Victor Borge.” Or at least, it should have.
This is one of the few articles I’ve posted that I really like. In it, I wonder if the fans of Thoreau have actually read Thoreau: Shallow Thoughts on Walden Pond.
This one isn’t comedy, but it’s a nice story, that reminds us of the importance of human kindness in difficult times: A Small Act of Kindness.
And lastly, a quick reminder on what’s really important in life, despite all the craziness: Little Girls are Magic.
Thanks for hanging out with me, everyone. I hope you’ve enjoyed this brief respite of happiness and community.
We now return to our regularly scheduled squabbling about unpleasant things…Published in