It is the beginning of a New Year and as always we find ourselves at the beginning of new possibilities. I have been blogging now since November 14, 2004, less than two months. What an extra-ordinary experience it has been. One of the most rewarding things about placing my thoughts on the web has been the kind comments made by others who for one reason or another have enjoyed, or been moved, by a post.
I, too, have been moved by posts written by other bloggers, many of them in the Red Ensign Brigade. It is a doughty band of bloggers that I have joined. I make regular (daily) trips to Occam's Carbuncle, Babbling Brooks, the Last Amazon, Raging Kraut, Ghost of a Flea, and am finding new gold nuggets in blogs such as Northwest Winds, Strong and Free, Doxology and Paul Cella. (There are others, of course. Please don't be offended if you aren't named in dispatches today. They say anticipation is half the fun .....)
Thanks to this surfing, I don't feel like I have been transported to a parallel universe only vaguely resembling my world. The nicest internet compliment I've received is from Damian Brooks, who called me John the Quite Sane. I liked that one so much I nearly changed the name of my blog. Thanks Damian.
The nicest news I've heard in a long time is that Rebecca of Doxology and her husband Curt have received word that Rebecca's earlier marriage is being annulled. This will allow their marriage to be blessed in the Catholic Church and they will be able to receive communion shortly. I've never met them, but I'm filled with joy for them. It is the season of glad tidings.