Thursday, September 14, 2017

An Open Letter To Friends, Family, and Friendly Strangers

As most of you know, I've had worried, uneasy feelings ever since the last presidential election.  But no, this is not going to become a rant this time.

It doesn't help that the Internet world is getting more dangerous by the day.  Even if we are careful about what kind of data we put out there, it is an unfortunate fact that "others" have not protected the data they have gathered and kept on us and now we are all scrambling to put what safeguards in place that we can.  I don't know how all this will shake out.  But I'm insecure and maybe just a little paranoid, and that has caused me to re-evaluate a lot of things. 

I have pulled away from the blogging aspect of the Internet several times in the past, trying the patience of my readers, I'm sure.  Bless the hearts of those of you who have tolerated all that, and who keep coming to read my ramblings and rantings.  And those of you who have kept in touch with me, in one way or another.  Blogging has become an addiction for me, in a way.  I have enjoyed it.  But it has chewed up a whole lot of my time that could've been better spent in other ways.

A dear friend of mine once told me, "the only thing that stays the same is the fact that things change".  And we need to be able to change with it.  I have seen a lot of changes through all my years of living on this earth.  Many of them gave me pause.  Many of them made me angry or at least sad, even caused me to grieve, forced me to have to forgive people who didn't deserve it, and even to look inward and learn a few tough lessons about myself.  God has seen fit to bless me through pain and disappointment, and I'm grateful for that.  "The World As I Knew It" disappeared long ago.  I have had to learn new skills when the ones I had were no longer needed, I've had to "reinvent myself" when jobs were lost.  I've made friends and, unfortunately, lost some of them, for whatever reason.  Life goes on.  We must roll with it. 

My mother taught me that, if you do not want to be taken advantage of by criminals and/or unscrupulous people, you stand a better chance if you stay away from the places where they are.  You do not do things that invite unwanted reactions.  And something that has become clearer to me as time passes is that we must all learn to become more careful about what we say, and how much information we share, in public places for all the world to see.  The Internet, something we all thought was the best thing since sliced bread, has become a dangerous monster.  And it's turning on us. 

Well, I'm sure you know where I'm going with this....

Blogging just doesn't feel safe anymore.  I've been seeing stuff in my stats that troubles me.  So it's time for me to stop blogging. 

Those of you who have my email address, or my phone number, or my snail mail address, are welcome to keep in touch with me in those ways, if you wish.  If you do not have any of those and want it, you can comment on this post and include in the comment a way for me to contact you, and then when I reply, you'll have a way to contact me that doesn't involve the blog.  I will keep Comment Moderation turned on, and I will keep the blog up for a little while, but eventually I will take it down.  Any comment you post to this blog that contains your contact information will come to me in an e-mail, that I will delete after I've saved the information you provided.  It will not be published to the blog.  So it will not be seen by anyone but me.  I'll still visit your blog, if that has been my habit.  But I intend to be spending less and less time on the Internet as time goes on. 

As for Hubs and me, rest assured that we will continue to Rock On as long as The Good Lord lets us.  We will continue toward any previously-set goals as originally intended.  I have 20 pounds left to lose before I am at that goal.  I am committed to managing the lymphatic edema and it is going well.  Hubs and I are currently struggling to keep things watered and alive through this dang Oklahoma drought.  We haven't had any rain in over a month now, with damn little in the forecast, even.  But summer is almost over, and at least we haven't had the hellish heat that we have seen from previous summers.  We will continue to pray for those in harm's way, for whatever reason it may be.  As always, Hugs, xoxoxo