Here are some things that happened while I was gone:
1. When you don’t write in your blog, but you keep your feedreader open, you have a lot more time to listen to what other people have to say.
2. This makes you remember something you really value about being part of a community of people who write and read blogs: People other than you have a lot to say — sometimes what they say is incredibly funny, or inspiring, or thought-provoking.
3. There’s real joy out there. Nova, whose blog I’ve been reading for a long time, and who thought at one time that no one would ever want her books, has written and sold a second book. It came out today. It sounds wonderful.
4. There’s unimaginable sorrow. Elizabeth, whose blog I’ve also been reading for a long time, is very sick and in hospice care. She’s such a talented writer, and a wonderfully loving person. Here is a story she wrote. If you read one thing today, this should be it.
5. Although it’s true that I learned a lot of other things while I was away, tonight these seem like enough to illustrate my point. The people I’ve met while blogging aren’t virtual people. They’re real, as real as flesh and bone, and as important.