I haven't disappeared, I have been down to St. George on vacation. It was a cold and rainy vacation but we went swimming every day anyway... the timeshare condo place that we go to keeps their pool very warm indeed.
In the meantime I have been thinking some profound old thoughty thoughts. Like why as an LDS (that's "Mormon" to you in the back there) woman I don't discuss my faith in my blog very much. There has recently been a dust-up regarding religion and blogs and the nominees for a blogging award. If you don't already know what I am talking about specifically don't bother trying to figure it out or unravel it. The whole fol-de-rol is just so much more of the same yakkity-smak that has been going on for years, it just happens to be playing out in the blogommunity. Suffice it to say that the pot has been stirred by a hand that, apparently, has at it's fingertips the same tired lies, half-truths and misinformation that has been spinning around in hard copy for as long as the Book of Mormon has been translated into the good old Queen's English.... blah blah blah. I have no time for folks who will sit and insist that they know better than I what it is that I believe, think or feel. What DOES deserve my time is the question of why, if my faith and Faith are so central to my life and so important to me... why is it not in my every post? It is in my every day. It is there and influencing my thoughts and actions when I arise, when I eat, when I speak and when I retire at night.
That stirring person? They had their own ideas of why it was that I (not necessarily me personally) don't advertise in two foot high boldface type about my religion. Whatever. I won't even bore you, it was just too stinkin' silly. But it did get me thinking. Why didn't I?
I've got my raisins.
1. The primary point to this blog is to leave a record of some of my thoughts, and to serve as a sort of journal for the benefit of the Chaos Girls when they grow up. I have a wretched memory and severe Mommy-brain, and unless I write it down I will lose it. For me I cannot seem to keep a real journal, but I do seem to be able to get it together if I think that someone is interested in reading RIGHT NOW. I think that is because I have a great big old case of the "notice me's," hardly flattering but I'm working with what I got.
2. There are members of my family who are interested in keeping up on the doings of my goofy-headed family but are not interested in being sermonized.
3. There are people well meaning and flamesque both who are armed with anti-mormon propaganda the likes of which would curl yer nose hairs. You start using certain words too much and your blog becomes google-able to those who are looking to pick a fight. I ain't looking for a fight.
4. My natural writing style is chatty. I like for my blog to be overall a lighthearted and silly affair. When discussing my Faith I tend to be none of these things and I think that's a good thing. Sacred is as sacred does.
5. This blog and blogging is pulling double duty as a social outlet. When you start off by whomping all of your beliefs on a person unasked and up-front all that stands out are the differences. Who wants to be friends with a set of beliefs? I am looking for dialog in my monologue if you can wrap yer head around THAT!
it's late. More reasons tomorrow.