The Revolution Will Not Be Blogged
In case you haven't noticed, this blog has been on a pandemic holiday. I quit posting for the past 6 months, partly out of blog-fatigue and partly to work on other things, primarily getting my latest manuscript in shape for submitting to publishers. I'd been blogging twice a week for the past 10 years and had reached a point where I just needed to step away. It has been refreshing and I am coming back with renewed energy and looking forward to starting "So it goes..." back up again.
For those who follow it, I will be posting once a week on Wednesday evenings. My topics will follow the whim of my week, much like my last blog. Topics will vary and reflect the world as I see it. I hope you like where it goes and will let me know if you do.
So, what has happened in the world since I last posted in March?
Only kidding. I never signed up for a revolution/pandemic/apocalypse, but here we are. So much unrest. The last time I saw anything like this was the late 60's and early 70's when racial tensions were high, Nixon was going down, and the Vietnam war protests were at their peak. I was too young to realize the full ramifications of it all, but I remember the newscasts.
I didn't post much around the time of the George Floyd protests and riots, in part because I was concerned for my kids. One in Minneapolis and one in Madison and they both were within breathing distance of the fires and tear gas. It was an extremely difficult period for me given the history of my own father's death during the unrest of '67. I don't get low like that often, but they were dark days for me - which was part of my pulling back on the blog. It was hard to talk about.
And I keep telling people that the protests and civil unrest seem different than the past. Rodney King's beating had its riots, but the current day climate has the attention of the younger generations and the momentum of people demanding change from the top down, unlike it has in the past. Changes are needed at several levels. It will be interesting to see what things look like in 5 years.
Because, God knows the changes to some of our systems of oppression and racism are long overdue.