Yesterday I froze when faced with the blank page of this blog. How could I write something that would compete for readers with the news of the day -- that Osama bin Laden was dead?
I put out a call to my readers. Basically, to paraphrase The Clash song, should I stay or should I go?
My readers saved my blog.
Some of you offered comments; others sent me emails or tweets. One reader who sent an email pretty much sealed it for me,
"You are far to important to stop doing what you are doing. You are in shock right now, so the best thing to do is to let some time pass, then dust yourself off and get back to what you do best. (Just like the firemen of NYC.)
Coffee, core exercises and dog walks in the woods sounds like a cure to most anything. Enjoy and don’t forget that we need you!"How could I not write after getting such a note? Thank you, dear readers.
Over at my poetry blog I've got a quote from Walter Lowenfels that has always served as a reminder: "One reader is a miracle; two, a mass movement."
My readers have spoken. I will not remain silent.