It’s interesting how when you give yourself a month-long break from blogging that you can start to ask yourself whether you are still a “blogger” and whether you really want to go back to blogging. The answer to both questions is yes, but it will look a bit different in 2013. There are other writing projects I want to work on this year (in addition to my blogging and freelance work) and other styles of writing I want to experiment with. So I’m thinking that my blogging will average two to three times a week this year.
Some of you may remember that I have been waiting to hear from a publisher regarding a book proposal I submitted. I had hoped to hear something by the end of 2012, and I did hear something, but not the definitive word I had hoped for. They are still interested and optimistic about the book, but they have more work to do before they can give an approval for the project. So for now, the waiting game continues. To this point, I haven’t considered submitting to another publisher, because the publisher I’m currently working with is my first choice. Hopefully, I’ll hear something soon. I will let you know one way or the other.
I have been saddened the past few days by the passing of baseball great Stan Musial. As a native St. Louisan, it seems The Man has always been there in the background of my life. My dad remembers seeing him play at old Sportsman Park. By the time I was born, he was already enshrined in the Hall of Fame, but the Donora, Pennsylvania, native lived out the rest of his 92 years in the St. Louis area with his wife Lil of 71 years. While I never had the privilege of meeting Stan, I saw him frequently at Busch Stadium, especially on opening day and at playoff games, and I have an autographed photograph of him on my wall. In my whole life, I can’t remember hearing anyone say a negative word about Musial. He was a man of integrity and a man of faith. His was a life well-lived; he was an example for us all.
Looking back on nearly a year of blogging, I’m surprised by and grateful for the people who have connected with me here, shared my essays with others, and encouraged me along the way. And I want to say “Thank you.”
The topic of sustainable Christian living is one that continues to interest me, and judging by the response my essays have received, I’m not the only one. This will continue to be the primary focus of my blogging in 2013. Overall, the theme I’d like to focus on is “living well.”
I hope you’ll join me for the next leg of the journey.