Saturday, November 19, 2011

I'm Still Here

When someone you love is gravely ill, it’s tempting not to blog, to throw in the towel for Nablopomo.
My dad, as some of you know, is not doing well. This may be the time he doesn’t come home from the hospital.
I’m going to keep blogging, if I possibly can. There's a gospel song on my MP3 player called "I'm Still Here," and that's my anthem today.

Many of you Nablopomo-ers  have written about what blogging means to you, and the rest of us have been nodding our heads, saying yes, me too. I don’t intend for this to be a long post about blogging—I don’t have that in me right now.
But, I will say this.

Blogging has given me a support group at a time when I wasn’t sure anyone else on the planet felt the way I did. I was lonely and desperate, even with loving, well-meaning people around me. Depressed, menopausal, overwhelmed.

Blogging, and in particular, the women I’ve met through Blogher, did nothing less than save me.

In varying stages of life, with different backgrounds and perspectives, we don’t all share the same experiences—we’re a "proud to be quirky" lot.  Yet sometimes the similarities are startling between us, in ways small and large.

We are all willing to take chances. We write. We read. We listen. We laugh. We respect. We encourage. We dream. We love.

I can feel the power of this, and it helps sustain me. I can’t give it, or you, up.

Thank you: readers, writers, friends.


  1. We are a quirky lot...a lot of compassionate, interesting, loving people. This includes you and I, for one, won't be giving up on you either.

    Take care of you. I hope your father recovers. I'm so sorry.

  2. I've been there (well, not the menopause - yet) and I fully understand. So glad to have found you through BlogHer. My heart goes out to you and your family.

  3. I lost my father due to complications from pneumonia and I know how hard it is to watch the ones you love suffer. I wish the best for your family and I hope your father kicks this awful sickness. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  4. Thank you all for posting. You may have learned by now that Dad did pass on. Thank you so much for the thoughts and prayers. I'm hippy enough that I can physically feel the good waves you're sending. It comforts me. Love you ladies and I miss reading all your great posts. Got some catching up to do!

  5. Thank you, sweet lady, for being such a wonderful part of this blogging community. You're in my thoughts.