The blessings of the blog

My blog has enriched my life in so many ways.  At the most obvious level, of course, it’s allowed me to engage in all the political discourse that would be inappropriate in my normal, suburban mom life.  Aside from the fact that I live in a liberal enclave, which makes political discussions very fraught, the fact is that most people with whom I live are not political animals.  Sure, they’ll trot off and cast their reliably Democrat vote every two years, but they don’t really care, and they’re not very informed.  Their lives, like mine, are bounded by domesticity:  kids, household, keeping a roof over their head, etc.  That a sound political structure must underlie their goals doesn’t seem to occur to them.  They are disengaged.  So be it.  I’ve got my blog.

The blog has introduced me to you, my regular readers.  I don’t think any of you quite appreciate how much I enjoy having you in my life.  You’re like the scintillating conversation every verbal person always dreams of.  I can look to you for insights, information, jokes . . . you name it.  As I’ve written before, you’ve helped me create my own personal equivalent of the 18th Century salon, and for that I thank you very much.

The blog also allowed SJBill to find me, and it was he who introduced me to the Navy League.  As I’ve been at no pains to disguise, the Navy League is one of the great pleasures of my life.  Every fall, like clockwork, representatives of the Navy treat me like a very special person.  For a small fee and a lot of cheering on my part, I get to peer into a unique and very honorable way of life, all the while having them thank me!  It’s a pretty good deal.  I’ve likened it to the E ticket ride at Disneyland (for those too young to recognize what an E ticket is, this will help), but it’s really far better than that, because it’s much more meaningful.  (By the way, it’s been pretty great to get to know SJBill and his family too.  You’d be hard-put to find a nicer group of people.)

Lastly, the blog has allowed me, on rare and wonderful occasions, to meet some of my blog friends in the flesh (as was the case with SFBill and Co.).  I have to say, I’ve never been disappointed.  That’s important, because there always is a little worry that, despite liking someone tremendously in cyberspace, an actual meeting might be a let-down.  So far, no one has let me down.  Yesterday was a case in point, because I had lunch with a blog friend I’d met once at a bloggers’ party, about three years ago.  I’d remembered him from that brief meeting as absolutely charming, and my memory served me well.

Michael Phillips blogs at Pro Commerce, a blog that touches upon commerce and so much more.  If you read Michael’s blog, you come away with the impression that you are in the presence of a Renaissance man.  And if you meet Michael, you know this impression to be true.  Michael is vastly well-informed and, much more importantly, blessed with an innate joy.  The French expression joie de vivre perfectly sums up Michael’s approach to life.  He observes everything with an objective, but always enthusiastic, and very humanistic, eye.  A face-to-face with him is a revitalizing experience.

So my blog is, truly, one of the blessings in my life.  I bloviate, and good things — and good people — come my way.

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    What a gracious thank you note – truly a wonderful salon to exchange ideas and anecdotes.
    My short list, in no particular order, of why it works so well for me : )
    1. No dress code.
    2. Don’t have to wash my hair or put on make up.
    3. I can arrive early or late to the discussion.
    4. I can eavesdrop without feeling I am snooping.
    5. No need to clean the house before guests arrive.
    6. No dishes to prepare or clean up after guests leave.
    7. We can amicably disagree.
    8. I am always dazzled by the depth of knowledge and insight coming out and going in to each post.
    9. Subject matter is always prime – it’s like eating filet mignon everyday.
    10. The ‘hostess’ makes us feel welcomed and appreciated. It’s the USS Bookworm – steady, afloat and impressive.

  • Ymarsakar

    Thy will be done

  • Mike Devx

    Book, your blog is a blessing to me.  Your topics are well-written and the political ones are relevant and thoughtful.  Your commenters are better as a group than any other group of people I’ve known personally and on the internet; what a great group!

    The Bookworm blog is my favorite stop, always.

  • Ymarsakar

    I have to second the opinion that your excitement and bubbling joy comes clear across when you write about a day at the Navy yard and League times.
    When I was first using the internet to learn about things, I found many interesting new experiences and forms of knowledge.
    While I made it my personal hobby interest to seek out all the Forbidden Knowledge of non-politically correct thought, non-political usage of violence, human nature, manipulation, psychological warfare, military conflict, and political engineering, I did not find it worthwhile to spend all of my free time around the people I studied.
    The reason was obvious. While killers, criminals, political machines, and terrorists are very interesting in a dynamic worldview sort of fashion, they are not what one would call pleasant company. In my early beginning, I avoided such due to a lack of choice, not due to a choice consciously made. When a big tough looking black man started yelling and sounding angry, I, like most other normal people, would get intimidated or discomfited. Thus I naturally gravitated towards the calmer (you might say saner) people. That was not the Left and Democrats, btw, since they have their own issues that raise the “stress” level of those around them.
    I came to a situation where I encountered much of the darkness of the human soul, yet found my place of liking as close to the path of Truth and Righteousness as could be. You, who had traveled from the dark path of the Left to the journey of truth ascendant, was always easier to relate to than other variants. And in the end, I found a key cornerstone to the human soul in the form of hierarchical behavior for human beings.
    Marc Animal McYoung was recommended to me on this blog, after all, by a regular loyal reader of dear Book. He was a great resource and help in figuring out many non-resolved questions I had of human nature and motivation. Your leadership and patience granted such things and for that I am bound by spirit and heart to say:
    arigatou   *
    *English=thank you

  • Danny Lemieux

    I try to check in with this blog several times a day.
    It makes me think and I have appreciated the many perspectives offered not just by Book but all the commentators.
    Book has really fostered such a positive environment and nice selection of blog postings that I don’t find elsewhere. I have also been challenged and (often) highly entertained in those moments where Bookworm Room has been visited by commentary from the polite and thoughtful opposition (Helen, you there?) and also by not-so-polite trolls that have have found themselves promptly eviscerated by the thousands of cuts dutifully administered to their flawed positions by Book’s ever-erudite aficionados.
    Merci infiniment!

  • Bookworm

    And merci to all of you for the kind words.  They warm the cockles of my heart.

  • Jose

    Bookworm Room is one of my daily stops on web.  I always look forward to the wide variety of topics and well informed opinions. 
    I don’t remember how I first found BW room, but, as an avid reader, I was attracted to the name.  I didn’t expect how much more I would find here.  Thanks for sharing.