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JUNE 2012:

This blog has stumbled through a full year now.

Some of you were here from the start, watching, reading, following me around the Mediterranean and perhaps checking in now and then over the past fall and winter. As the months progressed my list of good intentions not acted on in connection with this activity grew longer in direct proportion with the season’s shorter days.

I’ve not found the right number of words for each post, the right time of day (or night) to write, or even the right topics from time to time. People seem to like my photographs. And I like the record-keeping aspect of my posts. I am reminded of Thomas Jefferson, Charlottesville’s local muse and mentor, understanding better why he must have enjoyed keeping his garden journals. Sixty years of meticulous planting notes. A well-intentioned man who acted on his goals.

But I can look back now to May 2011 and know that yes, the honeysuckle was blooming in May last year, too. Just like it is now.

The Charlottesville Derby Dames are in action again. (I went to see them on a Saturday night in May for the second time. The Baltimore JunkYard Dolls were pretty spectacular action figures, but the local fans were quick to let out a collective roar whenever our own Dames came even close to scoring positions.)

Last summer held spectacular opportunities for tales and photos. So has this spring. But I’ve been negligent about sharing and posting. Like the start of those other “new” years, I am making a resolution to put something colorful up every week.

If you’re willing to look I should be willing to provide something decent to look at, right?

Okay, then. Here’s comes more of Year Two.

MAY 2011:

Please bear with me. I’m new at this. Not writing, but blogging. Writing as if I was a radio DJ, speaking to an invisible audience: changeable, of unknown size, age, make up, or interest. I was slow to accept microwaves and digital cameras. I wouldn’t live without either now, so I’m gambling on my friends’ confidence, my own ego and personal experience at being late to trends that this, too, can become fun instead of scary. If you want to really know more about me, keep reading. In my posts and between the lines.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Nancy Damon permalink
    June 8, 2011 8:50 am

    I am looking forward to following you as a seagull trails behind a ship, looking for fish to be churned up or breadcrumbs to be thrown by ship passengers…food for them and for my thoughts.

  2. Paula Chambers permalink
    June 9, 2011 10:37 pm

    I’m proud to see you embrace this new format! And I’m happy to know that I will be able to hear from you during your great adventure!

  3. July 22, 2011 3:33 pm

    Jeannie! LOVE your blog!! We miss you here in Virginia, but I am really loving following your travels! xoxoxo

  4. August 21, 2011 11:12 am

    Professor Siler! It’s kind of sentimental reading through your blog. I love your writing, yet it makes me miss everyone and everything. Love all the pictures!

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