Monday, June 29, 2009

Thank You Blogger

Today's Link
Taste with the Eyes

Today's Saying
I can no other answer make, but, thanks, and thanks.
~William Shakespeare

Today's Picture
A Rose from our garden for Blogger on its anniversary

This is Blogger’s tenth birthday and I want to take this occasion to share with my readers what Blogger has meant to me.
Over four years ago I came home from the hospital to find that my world had shrunk.
Before this time I was President of the School Board, Pastor of the largest Church in town, and active in almost everything in the community. I was getting ready for my retirement and my wife and I were planning a trip to Finland.
After coming home I was on a ventilator and my house was my total world. I left only to go to the Doctor’s and that was not easy. I missed being with people. My life was now about as dull as it could be.
I did have an internet connection but I used it primarily for E-mail to my children. Then my Son Patrick said Dad why don’t you set up a blog. I had never heard of a blog but I was sure I couldn’t afford it.
“Blogger” he said.” Is free”
So I went to
I set up a blog . That was on May 08, 2005. That day my little world began to expand.
At first I wrote about my day so my kids who lived 120 to 160 miles away could see what was happening. They wrote comments. It was fun.
Then I started writing little stories for my grandchildren about my garden railroad town , Pigeon Falls. They enjoyed them but so did some other people. They left comments. I visited their blogs. My world got bigger.
Soon I had a little neighborhood. It was like stopping in for coffee every day just to see how things were going. My neighborhood kept growing and changing. People quit blogging and new people came.
Now in my little neighborhood are people who live in England, Ireland, Belgium , Switzerland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and all over the United States. Every morning or sometime during the day they drop in to my blog and I stop in at their’s.
One blogger even traveled all the way from Maryland just to meet me outside of the blog. It was a wonderful experience.
Like any neighborhood we share our troubles and our joys. We laugh and cry together. We support one another. They even pretend to like my stories. You couldn’t find a better group anywhere.
Every day I am inspired by them.
There is a mother waiting for her son to get out of prison .
There are parents of autistic children .
There is a young man in Norway dying of Aids.
There is a wonderful homebound lady with a heart as big as they come.
There is a marvelous caring lady that has a tattoo and rides a motorcycle.
There is a lady older than I am that writes good poetry.
Every day people either do kind things or share what others have done for them.
My world is now larger than before I got sick and I owe it all to Blogger.
Thank you Blogger.

News from Pigeon Falls
The little town in my basement where the trains still run, dragons fly, and life is back to normal
This morning Tommy UK left for school early and stopped at Eino’s to see last nights videos.
Most of the traffic for the evening was back through the door rather than out into Pigeon Falls. There was one of the men with hands coming out of his head leading a spider. There was one of the jack-in-the-box people leading one of those big wooly elephants. That was hard to watch because the head kept going down into the neck and then without warning popping out. Every time it popped up Tommy jumped back. Just at the end of the video a tin man looking like something out of the Wizard of Oz came through , looked around and went back in.
Tommy said that he had read where one psychologist thinks our dreams, nightmares, and visions are glimpses into other dimensions. So Oz might be a real place. In which case we are the dream world for them and Eino could be a nightmare.
Eino said that he didn’t think that made any sense but the whole thing made no sense so it as good an explanation as any.
“The question now is how do we keep them from leaving their world and coming into ours.” Tommy said. “ And I have an idea on how to do that until we figure out this light from the dark stuff. We need a cage.

Wrap UP
It was a cooler day. My blood oxygen levels were up. I worked at the story for the Portrait of Words blog for Wednesday . I spent some time with my son and grandsons. I visited all the blogs of the people who left comments yesterday. I updated the newsletter on St. Mark's website. Now I need a breathing treatment.


Blogger anthonynorth said...

An excellent essay on blogging. When i started just over two years ago, it was as a portfolio for my writing, but as those comments came in, I realised what a marvellous community could come from it. I spend much time housebound, too, so it really is an excellent thing.
I guess what I'm saying is: I agree with you totally.

1:36 AM  
Blogger Alastair said...

Though I don't blog as much as I would like I am very happy to be a part of your neighbourhood when I have the chance to drop by Dr John. You enhance the community by your presence - thank you!

5:21 AM  
Blogger PS (PSanafter-thought) said...

Ditto on my feelings about blogging, although some days I read so many blogs that I don't take the time to write any thing on my own blog.

I don't know what link I followed to find you, so that is always part of the mystery, but reading your blog has been a delight. I always like to read blogs from areas near where I travel. I travel to the Sheboygan/Manitowoc area frequently.

So keep on keeping on. I use bloglines to tell me which blogger has posted something new. When yours doesn't get highlighted, I wonder where you are.

6:55 AM  
Blogger Melli said...

I have often tried to explain to non-bloggers how vitally important this neighborhood IS to shut-ins! And you have just explained it perfectly! It totally does give one that has NO other, or little other, a REAL social life! But like with anything unfamiliar... there are non-believers about this too!!! LOL!

Your roses are beautiful!

A cage??? Tommy thinks a CAGE is going to confine these critters? I think they will blow right through a cage... but we shall see...

By the way... have I mentioned lately... I love you!?

7:40 AM  
Blogger Finding Pam said...

Thank you for sharing your story with us. You bring so much life to the blog world.

7:52 AM  
Blogger Gattina said...

I so agree with you ! I started in June 2006, I had retired and didn't know what to do with my time. I was bored to death. Then without knowing what a blog was I really slipped into it and most of my friends in real life don't even know what a blog is !
Especially in my generation. Now I feel good and love to sit in front of my window to the world !

7:53 AM  
Blogger Lone Grey Squirrel said...

Dr. John,
You are clearly a very spiritually rich individual and you are a great blessing to those of us who have found you on blogger.

8:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well I for one am glad you found it and couldn't enjoy being a part of your world more.

I think Tommy might be on to something depending upon what type of cage it is.

Love your picture Dr. John. Very pretty rose.

Congrats on blogger being 10 :) Let's hope there are many many more :)

8:51 AM  
Anonymous quilly said...

Dr. John -- you know I am no fan of Blogspot, but I am a fan of yours, so I guess I now haw a grudging mellow spot for Blogger, too.

I started blogging to pass my 6 weeks convalescence when I hurt my knee. Three years later the knee is just fine and I am still here -- where else could I met friends from all over the world for such a low ticket price?

8:57 AM  
Blogger Noe Noe Girl...A Queen of all Trades. said...

Thanks Blogger for letting me find Dr J.

9:31 AM  
Blogger Akelamalu said...

I'm thankful to blogger too, through it I found your blog. :)

10:26 AM  
Blogger Cherie said...

I think that this could also qualify as a "More About Me" post. I learned some very interesting things. :) This interweb thing certainly is amazing. How we can still around and have "virtual" coffee with all of our friends. And who does that in real life anymore anyway? It's becoming more and more rare all the time. We become more and more isolated in our homes with lots of reasonable causes, not because we're anti-social. This allows us to exercise our social side. Truly, amazing. :)

11:19 AM  
Blogger The Old Fart said...

I am glad that you and I are friends Dr John. If it wasn't for our blogs (and I think Quilly), we would have never met.

Blessings to you and Betty.

12:15 PM  
Blogger Sue said...

Keep on blogging! You've said it perfectly.

2:04 PM  
Blogger Jeni said...

AI have "issues" -so to speak -from time to time with depression. More so in the past than now, but still there are the little things that subconsciously trip me up along the way. And since I started blogging almost three years ago (will be in September) I think I have found a marvelous way to help curb some of those sneak attacks from totally blind-siding me as they often did before I started down this path. You are so right on how much it can, if you let it, expand your world, your insights into so many things and especially to allowing us to meet and get to know so many wonderful folks along life's way. And I know exactly how I found you. I didn't! You found me and I answered your call -one of the best moves I've made since I started doing this. Thanks so much for another really insightful post.

2:17 PM  
Blogger A Lady's Life said...

It certainly opens up the world to you and you do meet wonderful people and exchange ideas and news you would not otherwise do.
I am sorry your world has become smaller. Isn't there anything you can do?

2:29 PM  
Blogger Lou said...

I just finished a year of blogging. I've met 3 blogger friends, and will be attending my first art show this fall in Houston, where I will meet an artist I came to know through blogging. I can say I laughed, I cried, I learned to be a better person.

You are a role model for bloggers. You're non judgmental view of others is the mark of a true Christian.

Let me take this time to thank you for your thoughtful and supportive comments always.

4:37 PM  
Blogger Mama Zen said...

I'm glad that it's here for you, and I'm glad that you're here for us!

6:40 PM  
Blogger secret agent woman said...

I'm happy for Blogger, too - it's open a whole new world for me and I'm grateful.

7:03 PM  
Anonymous Barbara H. said...

I so wished my mom had lived to get into blogging. She was terrified of retiring because she had no hobbies other than reading and she didn't know what in the world she would do with herself. She was always good at work and didn't know what else to do. So she kept working til she passed away at 68, which seems much too young, but God must've had some reason for taking her then. But I think if she had lived she would have loved blogging.

I pop in here from time to time usually from Quilly's, Melli's, or Thom's. You described the blogging community perfectly.

If you don't mind my asking, and feel free to tell me it is none of my business, have you ever said on your blog what happened to you? Some time back when Melli was visiting there and shwoed pictures, I saw you were in a wheelchair, and that was the first I knew something was wrong.

7:59 PM  
Anonymous Alice Audrey said...

I'm amazed you were able to comment on my blog at all. I had a complete melt down. Had to re-do everything from scratch.

9:29 PM  
Blogger Nessa said...

What a lovely tribute to Blogger. They have given us all so much, including our community Pastor.

9:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dr. John, you did an excellent job of capturing the joy of blogging. However, you were wrong about one thing: we don't pretend to like your stories. We LOVE your stories.

Blogging has opened my mind and my heart to those who are very different from me and my lifestyle.

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