Somewhere around Thanksgiving, I meant to write a heartfelt thank you to all the people involved with Time Goes By and The Elder Storytelling Place. But, as we have often discussed here, time speeds by and some things get overlooked. This is a makeup post.
Let me start with the four regular contributors. For anyone unfamiliar with them, Jan Adams writes the monthly Gay and Gray column; Virginia DeBolt writes the semi-monthly Elder Geek column; Saul Friedman writes two columns - the semi-monthly Reflections and the weekly Gray Matters which he recently moved to TGB from Newsday; and Peter Tibbles writes the weekly Elder Music column.
I don't pay these terrific people; they do it because they like to write and they have a lot to say. And I never even need to nudge them; their columns show up in my inbox when they're due. Each of them is an expert on their subject and they give Time Goes By a richness and depth I could not possibly accomplish without them. I am so grateful to each of them.
There are far more contributors (about 130 of them) to The Elder Storytelling Place than I can list here. (You can find them all in the drop down menu headed, “The Storytellers,” in the right sidebar of that site. Clicking any name will bring up a page with links to all the person's stories.)
Thanks to the support from all these elder writers, with new ones joining in all the time, there is a fantastic collection of stories, memoirs, poetry, jokes, remembrances and more that have become an invaluable collection of what life has been through the years and is like now for our generation. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll be amazed and maybe you'll be inspired to write your own for others to read.
Part of what you'll be amazed at with the The Elder Storytelling Place is how well written they are. I don't edit the stories except for stray typos and sometimes re-paragraphing to better suit online reading. There is some great writing going on at that blog and I thank every one of you who contributes and all the people who comment. It is a terrific website.
Which brings me to commenters on Time Goes By. You are all wonderful. You keep me going day after day after day. You bring perspectives I've never considered before, expand topics beyond what I've thought about, you give me ideas for future posts, you make me laugh - and I go through every day eager to see what you have said.
I don't respond to comments much; there just isn't time in a day. But I read every one of them and often, when I'm ready to shut down the computer in the evening, I go back to the top, re-read what was written (mine or a contributor's) and then the comments in their order. I never get tired of seeing what a smart, interesting bunch of people stop by here every day. You teach me so much.
I like, too, that you take the time and space to write as much as you feel necessary to make your points. In a Twitter world, blog posts and blog comments elsewhere are becoming shorter and shorter. No one will ever convince me that conversations carried on at 140 characters per comment are worth having or can convey anything worth pondering. So take as much space as you want to have your say.
Thank you, thank you all. Come March, Time Goes By will be officially six years old and it is due to you – contributors, storytellers and commenters - that it still feels fresh and new to me every day. I am so grateful to you – which means even more when you know that I haven't a clue what I would do with myself every day if I didn't have you and this blog to look forward to.
At The Elder Storytelling Place today, Ann Berger: Whisper of a Blizzard