Before blogging there were web sites and e-newsletters. I started an e-newsletter to keep my computer students and my friends up to date about software programs and the Internet. My friends at the time didn't understand what the Internet was or why I was so jazzed about it. They thought it was something like CB Radio.
I made so many mistakes back then. Spelling, typing, factual; you name it I did it. I kept plugging away at it and I got better. I learned from other people. I learned I didn't have to write a book each time I hit the keyboard.
I didn't want to make money, I just wanted to let people know what was going on and how things were changing. It was a form of self expression. There is nothing wrong with that; despite what other will say about journal writing and blogging.
I was exploring, learning, laughing and connecting with other people who had interests other than what was on the soap operas.
Not that there is anything wrong with soap operas or the people that love them. No disrespect intended.
Much love to The Edge of Night
A day in September 2001 changed that. I didn't know if there would be a tomorrow.
I didn't trust the Bush administration. I didn't know if the war hawks would bomb first and figure out later.
I knew that I wanted to be of service and help. So I wrote about elephants in the room, emergency preparedness and looking out for each other.
The truth of the matter was that I was alone. I could call people and e-mail folks but for many hours I was by myself.
It was my edge of night in that I could be scared but if I was going out I wanted to do something positive. So, that is what I do.
There have been earthquakes, floods, fires and riots. There have been dark nights of the soul.
Lots of them.
So my memories and lessons about that time carry forward. Be of service. Keep learning. Make more contacts and friends.
Limit the negative voices.
Live in the day.
I still make mistakes.
It is all right.