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Now We Are Six

This day marks the sixth anniversary of this blog (with apologies to A.A. Milne).  It doesn’t seem that long ago that I started this collection of random writings.  The anniversary is just one more reminder that time seems shorter looking back – well, not shorter, but certainly quicker.  The truth is that my past has been longer than my future will be.  It is a melancholy thought.

I have forgotten most of my past.  Why is that?  Why have I forgotten so much of the joy and the awesome moments, while often remembering my errors and regrets?  Does this perverse nostalgia afflict other people, or is it just me?

I don’t remember what I have written here.  Fortunately, I don’t have to remember.  Reading what I have written in the past becomes an artificial memory, a computer-assisted bionic memory.  Reading thoughts from the past, however, sometimes gives me the odd sensation that the words were written by someone else.

I am not the same person I was six years ago, though I have to admit that I am a close relative.  If I am still able to write six years from now, another close relative will have taken over the creative process by then.

He will be a better, wiser person, I hope.

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About Later

After four years of blogging as “the next chapter,” the time comes for a new look. As I ease into my fifth year, I am changing the name of this blog to “Later, Comma.” The new title mirrors the domain name latercomma.com, which has always been the blog’s Universal Resource Locator (URL), also known as its Internet web address.

The title “Later, Comma” has an obscure source. It will remain obscure, if I have anything to do with it. For a technical definition, one obscure (but excellent) writer described the later-comma construction as “an ingenious literary device used by popular writers in place of…more descriptive passages.” When this construction is used, the reader is aware that a period of time has transpired, but the writer has left it to our imagination just what has happened in the space of time not described.

As the aforementioned obscure writer teaches, “it is a foolish author who chooses to leave nothing to the reader’s imagination.”

It is, I think, a fitting metaphor for this blog, which has always left much to the imagination of its readers.

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    This day marks the sixth anniversary of this blog (with apologies to A.A. Milne).  It doesn’t seem that long ago that I started this collection of random writings.  The anniversary is just one more reminder that time seems shorter looking back – well, not shorter, but certainly quicker.  The truth…
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