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My Return from Hiatus

I can hardly believe it has been nearly five years since my last blog post, although I didn’t completely abandon my blog site during that time. In fact, I spent quite a bit of time setting up my blog store at the end of last year, only to have to redo everything–including my entire blog site–a few weeks ago when the latest upgrade for WordPress fouled up everything and forced me to start over. Although I had backed up everything, or so I thought, the backup did not save any of my themes or plugins, or my storefront and products, or any of the media I had accumulated. Furthermore, it failed to keep any of the media I had inserted into each of my blog posts, so if you find posts with missing images, now you will understand why. I will try to find them again and reinsert them, but it will take some time.

I am amazed at how quickly time has passed. I did not intend to take such a lengthy hiatus from blogging, but life’s circumstances just dictated otherwise. I have contemplated numerous times about things I wanted to blog about, but making the time simply proved too challenging for me. All of my best thoughts came to me while driving to and from work everyday, and by the time I returned home, I had either forgotten the idea or had something seemingly more pressing to handle.

My fulltime job as a call center agent taking nonstop calls Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. till lunchbreak, and then resuming after lunch until 5 p.m. just left me mentally numb. I barely had the time or energy in the evenings to eat my supper, clean out all the daily junk emails, reply to any pertinent emails I had gotten in the previous 24 hours, and watch some news and/or one or two TV shows before it was time for bed. Since I set my daily alarm for 4:45 a.m., I was usually in bed by 9 p.m., at the latest. Rising so early gave me time to do my daily Bible reading and personal hygiene before leaving at 6:20, so I could arrive at work around 7 o’clock and have some time to enjoy a cup of coffee while visiting with the other early arrivals. This also helped me to unwind from the morning traffic before I had to start taking calls at 8 o’clock.

Saturdays were spent doing yard work during the milder months and watching college football and old westerns and other classics on TV during the colder months. Sundays were spent attending worship in the mornings and resting while watching Christian TV programming throughout the afternoons and more old westerns and classics in the evenings until bedtime. It doesn’t sound very time-consuming, but all those years certainly went somewhere, didn’t they?

Anyway, I’ve found a much better job as a homeless center chaplain now that is more in line with my spiritual calling, and it is not nearly as mentally or physically tiring, so I’ve decided to resume my blogging activities. Although I may not write as often as a weekly or even a bi-weekly regimen, I will write as I have an inspirational idea or something I feel I need to respond to from the news, which means it may be two or three times in one week and then not again for a few weeks. You should subscribe to my notification list if you want to know whenever a new blog article is posted.

You might also consider connecting with me on social media, where I try to maintain a regular presence and where I plan to share a link to my latest blog posts. I’m presently on LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram, though I am contemplating dropping Instagram. I dropped Facebook years ago for a number of reasons, but their interference with their members’ free speech has effectively kept me from rejoining. Although Instagram is owned and managed by the same people as Facebook, they haven’t interfered with posters’ free speech rights on Instagram–yet. Twitter also has a bad reputation for interfering with free speech, but this seems to have lessened somewhat recently. If they ever ban me for expressing my free speech rights, I likely won’t reactivate my membership.

Well, I guess this is enough of an update and reintroduction for now. I hope to be writing my next blog post very soon.