So, like every February since this blog’s one-year anniversary, here’s a look back on some events and posts from the last 12 months.
Some things are different and a lot is the same.
The biggest channel changer was the Hubster and I moving north to Oregon last summer. Why we choose to leave California is explained in my April blog (hilaryrobertsgrant.weebly.com/blog/moving). Five months later, I wrote how we were doing eight weeks after settling into our new town (hilaryrobertsgrant.weebly.com/blog/hellohome).
There have also been fewer essays—one posted each month instead of the two I did for years.
One reason for writing less is because I’m busy—more about that in an upcoming blog. But also, with so many reading choices online (not to mention movies, games and eBooks), there’s an intention to make every post count. I’ll admit this, too: I want to leave GCD fans wanting a bit more so the next essay is one they’ll want to read.
Another change is a new and, I think, better way to view past posts.
Looking for older essays has always been doable by pointing the cursor over to the Archives list, which is to the right
of the screen for those reading GCD on a laptop or office computer. (I can’t speak to the location for iPhone or Android readers, since neither accommodate a full website page on one screen.) But since Archives is organized by months
(it’s an automatic function of the Weebly server), there’s no way here to zero in on specific topics.
Now, thanks to a savvy computer neighbor, posts can be accessed via another list titled Categories, just above Archives. Here, you’ll find 14 topics by subject that include Living Life, Activism and Remembering. Hopefully, this will be a more efficient way to find old posts.
Still, 2019 essays are the same—musings about life in my corner and my POV regarding other people’s corners.
And because I’m a journalist, I like to include facts and/or links when it helps to clarify the topic.
As it has been from the beginning, most essays aren’t political (there’s plenty of that on my Facebook
and Twitter accounts, though), and instead, tend toward the whimsical. These include why I still write checks
(hilaryrobertsgrant.weebly.com/blog/checks); my favorite tea, rediscovered in Guatemala
(hilaryrobertsgrant.weebly.com/blog/hibiscus), and finally getting around to assembling sauerkraut
balls, a Midwest appetizer that makes the Ohio-born Hubster swoon
But I also wrote about Empire actor Jussie Smollett, and his arrest for staging a clumsy hate crime attack in order
to gain sympathy and a fatter paycheck (hilaryrobertsgrant.weebly.com/blog/jussie-smollett). (Last week,
Smollett was indicted on six new charges of disorderly conduct, which include filing four false police reports.)
Then, after being front and center with a very angry customer at my favorite supermarket, I thought about
the collective PTSD that so many of us are experiencing right now (hilaryrobertsgrant.weebly.com/blog/PTSD).
I promise to keep writing.
For both old and new Girl Clown Dancing fans, especially my new peeps in Oregon, I hope you’ll keep reading.