The first post is the hardest.

Well, it’s true. The first go-round at the written word is the hardest. An ol’ stand-off between you, the pen-slinging good guy, and the .doc file, the bandit that’s ridden into town and smirks in your face tauntingly. Just like every paper you’ve ever had to write, when all of the great thoughts you had jumbled in your head seemed stuck at the tips of your fingers, like penguins huddled on the edge of the iceberg… until PLUNK! one of them shoves another, and the penguins words start falling onto the blank page. I suspect (hope?), however, that you are far friendlier than the sea lions awaiting our little tuxedoed friends once they splash down. Nothing like some tasty hyperbole for the opening paragraph, eh? (As I happily munch on a bag of Starburst-flavored jellybeans, decidedly pleased with myself for the vivid imagery I’ve just conjured. 😄)

Now that that’s out of the way, I’m very excited to have a small corner of the digital world to deposit all of the meandering thoughts, ideas and inspiration that seem to leave little room in my head for anything else of importance. I know the shortlist of text message recipients who receive my daily random observations will cheer… (Don’t worry, you’ll still get those messages. 😘)

Truth be told, I’m pretty old-fashioned. I would rather crack out a notebook and start jotting than open a Word document. Alas, we live in the modern era, and as my husband painfully reminds me, I am not 80 years old. (Shout out to all of my octogenarians for keeping it real over eight decades, though. You da real MVPs.) I am hoping that this blog (TBH, I’m not a huge fan of the words “blog” or “blogger,” mainly because of the stereotypes they bring to mind… “Why did you start a blog, then, Caroline?” “A very good question, indeed.”) will serve as a digital notebook and create an easier place to brain-dump.

If you’ve made it this far, congratulations, I’m sorry, and I promise it will be better next time. Hopefully. Maybe?! I’m glad you’re here.

In closing, here’s some color from one of my favorite artists, Matisse:

Matisse-Etruscan VaseHenri Matisse, Interior with an Etruscan Vase, 1940, oil on canvas.


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