Playing With Technology

Yesterday I had started a blog post, which unfortunately for some reason WordPress decided to delete. It was about 700 words, telling you all about my new phone, and some of the apps that I have been playing with. Even though it was a decent blog post, it wasn’t anything particularly special.

Wherever that blog post draft has disappeared to in the Internet ether, it did make me realise after it was gone how much I miss writing on a regular basis – when it comes to things not related to work. Although I love my new job very much, I find myself so busy during the day that when it comes to writing a blog post for the following day, I often run out of time and energy before I run out of ideas on what to write.

So here I am, finding myself trying out something different in an effort to share my scribbles with you. To wit, I’m using speech-to-text on my fancy new phone, to see if this will help me to draft and then post something for you, gentle reader, in an easier fashion. So far, so good.

Of course, not every post needs to be a 1000 word essay on the merits of Matisse, but on the other hand I do feel a responsibility to all of my readers to make a sincere effort to write something, as often as I can. You do me the honor of subscribing to this blog or visiting this site on a regular basis. I assure you that this is not something which I take lightly.

So I thank you for your continued patience as I try to get back into the swing of blogging. Hopefully you will stick with me as you have over the last 2 months of transition. While the lengthy essays that you have come to expect over the years may be less frequent than before, I do hope that this creative outlet will continue to engage, entertain, and hopefully inspire, as we see what this new year brings.


Before I Take Off: Super Thankful

I just wanted to take a moment this Thanksgiving to say thank you to all of you who subscribe to or visit the blog, and explain briefly why things have been a bit more sporadic of late. On Monday – God willing and the creek don’t rise – I’m beginning a new job, and the transition from the old position to the new position over the past couple of weeks has involved a significant amount of my free time.  Regular readers know that as a general rule I don’t talk about work on social media, so don’t expect that to change.  Suffice to say that I’ll still be fighting for truth, justice, and the American way, and one of the things I’m most thankful for this Thanksgiving is what promises to be a truly fantastic opportunity to do so.

The new job will allow me less free time for media than I had available to me previously. and as a result I can’t predict at this moment how regularly I will be able to blog or engage online.  Although I won’t be going anywhere, I must beg your indulgence for a little while, as I sort out my schedule and duties.  This may mean a bit of a pause in things like the weekly “Phone Booth Friday” posts, or letting my readers know about interesting upcoming events in the Catholic or arts and culture spheres.

So until things are a bit more settled, apart from an upcoming book review I’m scheduled to share, the bogging hiatus will continue for a bit – for how long, I don’t know. A few days? A few weeks? We shall see. I promise to be back to writing as soon as I can.

In the meantime, please accept my very best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving to you in your universe, from me in mine.





3 Big Thank-You’s

Allow me to take a moment, gentle reader, to scribble down three notes of thanks:


My “New Media Sister” Sarah Reinhard (and “Domer Tailgater Mom” Lisa Hendey), very kindly added me to their roster of bloggers to know about over on this week.  Mrs. Reinhard interviewed me for this piece some time ago, and kindly allowed me to both speak to my own experience in media, as well as get in a bit of humor at the end, while saying some very kind things about me, herself.  I’m really honored to have been included. Thanks and God bless,!

2. WordPress.Com

The editors at WordPress have once again selected one of my posts for spotlighting in their “Freshly Pressed” section.  The piece in question was this one, which rose out of news that London’s National Gallery was going to reverse a long-standing policy, and allow museum visitors to take photos.  The editors complimented my taking a general overview of the subject of photography inside museums, and encouraging readers to share their own thoughts and opinions about the question.  This is now the 5th time that I’ve been selected for “Freshly Pressed”, and I’m just as grateful today for their most recent nod of approval: thank you very much indeed, WordPress.

3. YOU.

Finally, my thanks to you, dear reader, for subscribing to this blog, or bookmarking and dropping by when you’re in the mood for something to read. It’s always wonderful to be recognized by your peers, particularly when you don’t work in media for a living, but no recommendation or accolade means as much as knowing that your readers enjoy what you write enough to want to stick around.  I offer you my sincere gratitude for your continued patronage of these virtual pages.

"Chez Tortoni" by Edouard Manet (c. 1878-1880) Stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston in 1990

“Chez Tortoni” by Edouard Manet (c. 1878-1880)
Stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston in 1990