Thanks for the kind comments and well-wishes. I’m grateful to all of you for being here, long-time readers and newcomers alike. A few responses…
Ken – Even after a million spam, I’m still occasionally capable of being amused by some of them. The trouble is, so many are so boring and repetitive. The email spam I get is actually more interesting. Which isn’t to say a spam epic doesn’t have a certain amount of appeal.
Jo – Actually I think I’m a bit of a jerk, but I appreciate your good opinion.
Gina Marie – A job is such an impediment to blogging, isn’t it? :) I’m sorry I haven’t been keeping up the Plummer’s Hollow blog lately – it was becoming a bit much. I will try and get my brother Mark to blog about this year’s Christmas bird Count, though.
Lorianne – Coming from the queen of tenacity, that means a lot. Thanks. Your example has been a real inspiration over the years.
Jean – I’m awfully glad you think so (in reference to both your paragraphs). I hope it’s true.
leslee – Thanks for saying that. I’ve really appreciated your online companionship – a calm and clear-eyed presence and a voice that grows stronger and more resonant with each passing year. I’m flattered to think my own words and example might have contributed to that in some way.
Peter – I don’t remember what it was, but it kept me going until I didn’t need a reason.
Ha! Well put. Yes.
Sherry – Darn, I can’t believe I left IRFD off this list! Starting that was certainly something I ought to add to my C.V., should I ever write one. I had forgotten that’s how we “met,” though – cool. Thanks for sticking around, and for staying online despite the objections of Mr. Berry, who is wise about so many other things.
bev – That’s interesting to hear you say that about nature writing. My mother has always gotten a lot of fan mail, but that’s because of the markets she’s written for: a local newspaper for many years, and then the PA Game News. Game News readers are still letter-writers, some of them. But national magazines – you’re right, hardly ever a reaction. Of course, online magazines can have comments, but most literary magazines choose not to, for some reason. At qarrtsiluni, I think the ability to interact with readers is one of the major selling points for authors, especially those without blogs.
dale – Blog time is definitely different, that’s for sure: it passes more slowly in some ways and more quickly in others. Five blog years feel like fifteen or sixteen people years, don’t they?
Dana – Never!
Rebecca – I was? Cool. I tend to think I don’t comment nearly often enough… Anyway, thanks for reading, and also for writing the kind of melange blog I most enjoy. One of these days I’m going to have to talk my banjo-playing, insect-collecting brother into taking a drive down your way, and we’ll drop in on you. I’ve yet to see the southern part of the Mon.
marja-leena – Repetition is virtually impossible when you’ve been blogging this long, I think. But as I was saying to Peter the other day, it’s not that I’m repeating myself, I’m working within a fugal structure! Yeah, that’s it.
David – RE: “the” economy, I couldn’t agree more.
Yeah, I know about all those missing WOTS cartoons. I almost added a point to the list about image hosting sites, actually. The take-home message would’ve been: DON’T USE IMAGESHACK! If it’s not a site you have to register for, you can bet that sooner or later, your files will disappear to make room for others.
I would replace those missing images if I only knew which ones they were. Maybe I can figure it out from the file extensions. I should really host them all here; they’re only a few KB each. The ones in Photobucket are probably secure.