According to my host, Typepad, today marks the 1000th blog post on Time Goes By. Who knew I had that much to say about getting old.
A couple of dozen are guest posts from fellow bloggers who filled in so well when I have been away. And more than a hundred are the Timeline photo biography that was re-posted and somewhat edited from its original iteration on fotolog.net in 2003. Most of the rest are essays, reports, meditations and some exhortations on various aspects of aging.
Round numbers invite, even require, acknowledgement, so I thought it would be good to mark the occasion by mentioning some of my favorites. Not an easy proposition since I mostly forget them once their day has passed and I’m not about to re-read 1000 entries. A few do come to mind…
It’s hard to believe Crabby Old Lady wrote so much – 24 entries! - in 2005 protesting President Bush’s campaign to privatize Social Security. Crabby would like to take credit for defeating the president’s misbegotten proposal, but even she doesn’t have that much ego.
I’m still proud of the “mom series” about caring for my mother full time during the final months of her life. It was the most difficult thing I’ve ever written, and I’m glad I did it even if it did take 12 years to happen.
The first post is titled “40 Versus 62” which, it appears from an editorial note, I wrote in September 2003. Obviously, I was a slow starter since the next post did not appear until March 2004.
Here is a story from 11 months ago with photos of my morning walk along Casco Bay. I should do an update soon. Also, there is this silly fantasy from last summer about the plants in my deck garden. I’ll need to update that later this season since there are many newcomers to the fold and it was such fun to write.
And that’s about all the blog nostalgia I can tolerate. On to the next one thousand posts.
[There is a note from moi today at The Elder Storytelling Place about the pleasures of slow reading.]