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difference, tobe a part of something. ”
expectations that I willstay true to my mostconsistent andauthentic passions: theoften overlookedbeauty in small things,small moments rightwhere we live. It is ablog devoted in large part to nurturing an awareness of wonderin the everyday, or to see the humor or pathos in those days. Ido swing wide sometimes, but usually eventually come back tofocus on the here and the now: the pace, place and pleasures of simple country living.
How has your site changed over the years?
Not much, appearance-wise. I drive this machine, I don't gounder the hood. I do change the banner images regularly, andhave posted well over 500 images on the site over the years. Itis a very seasonally-adjusted blog, and my moods and writing,as well as the images, shift with what's in bloom, the weather,and the birds I hear over the click of the keyboard.There is a flow of change that is related to who's visiting andcommenting. Some cohorts of blog guests during a period of time have stoked my inspiration and encouraged me to think andwrite in new realms, other groups don't have this effect—I seethat looking back over the archives. For a while, the idea of livingin place was very prominent, andthe Ecotonewas conceived andflourished for a year. Then, as these things do, it became spaminfested and languished, and Fragments changed because of that. It has changed, too, when (often because of the blog) I'vetaken on new responsibilities in the community, professional andotherwise.There is a kind of gyroscopic correction that goes on whenvisitors come to a blog with expectations. My blog became"branded" in its first year as a quiet place free from discord, arefuge of sorts when so many blogger voices of the day werebrash and strident. Should I veer from this quiet center—asrecent politics and environmental and public health issues havedemanded I do—I am scolded by readers to "not disappoint" inthe words of one commenter. And I feel compelled to change asworld events change, and at the same time, to hold firm to mycommitment to wonder, reflection and an eye to detail too oftenmissed when we become angry or fearful of things beyond ourcontrol.