Monday, March 25, 2013

Are you there, blog? It's me, Maggie.

I managed to go an entire year without blogging, and I kind of miss it. I don't miss feeling obligated to write something just for the sake of writing something (OK, maybe I kind of do?), but I do miss having a place to express myself in ways I otherwise don't. That said, I'm very (perhaps too) active on my personal Facebook page, and it has filled some of that need I have to say stuff where people can see it. I'm toying with the thought of spending a bit more time here, sharing some pictures, writing some haikus, waxing on while I navel gaze, you know, the usual fare around here. Part of me wants to start a 365 project of some kind to hold myself to being here, doing this. Part of me is afraid I'll fail again. Part of me doesn't care because it's my blog to do with as I wish. So, we'll see what shakes out.

Meanwhile, it's been a year. I wonder if any of you who used to read here will even see this, especially once Google Reader goes away in a few months (I'm using Feedly instead and am liking it quite a bit!). Are you here? Maybe say hello? Anything you'd like to see happen here if I get this thing rolling again? What have you been up to? Are you still blogging? Should I follow?

I'm still in Japan. Tom and I really only expected this Japan thing to be for one year, but here it is already my 4th year. I'm still having a ball, and he's still OK with it. We finally got Tom out of Tulsa and up to Chicago, and it will make leaving here a lot easier knowing that we are reuniting there. Surely there are a million other things that have happened in this past year, and so much is still on the horizon, but this is what I've got for now.

Oh, and maybe a picture and haiku, inspired by the most delicious sakura (cherry blossom) tea I'm drinking. If I do get back to blogging, look forward to pictures of Japan's gorgeous spring. Cherry blossoms are just around the corner. Lots of flowers are beautiful because that's what flowers do, but cherry blossoms reflect the cycle of life (or love gained and lost, I suppose) with their fleeting beauty. There's that giddy sense of anticipation for their arrival, the joy of savoring every moment they are here, and the realization one day when you are used to having them around that they are suddenly just gone (until next year, anyway). Along with them, so come and go all the seasonal sakura flavored joys of the season.
All things sakura
this is springtime in Japan
so momentary.


  1. I'm still here, and stalking you on Facebook. I tried a 365 photo thing last year and finally gave up after hitting the midway mark. Making myself post every day took a lot of the fun out of it. Come join Lou and me for Haiku Fridays.

    I started using Feedly too, and like it a lot.

    1. Glad I'm not the only one to start and then give up on a 365 project. You know I'm in for haiku time! :)

  2. Hi Maggie, I started my blog this month, and wanted first the blogname 'maggiesmind', but you already had it! I didn't like it very much because you hadn't post a blog for a year now. But I choosed another blogname and just for fun I looked here again. And you were BACK! Love it to follow another Maggie and another Maggie's mind.
    Probably you can look on my blog too, but it's in Dutch.
    (my English isn't very good, excuse me)

    1. Hi, Maggie! :) Thank you for stopping by! Also, your English is great.

    2. Thank you! I'm going to follow you, to improve my English ;-)

      (but please, when commenting, I've 'to prove that i'm no robot'. It's frustrating. Could you change that in Blogger? Thank you :D)

    3. I turned off the word verification for comments. If I don't get much spam, I can keep it off. :)

  3. Still here. I've also moved to Feedly. I'm glad you don't have to return to Tulsa (I love Chicago!), but I'm sorry I missed out on your time there since it's only two hours from here.

  4. Glad to see you back! My blog is still shut down, and like you, I found myself on FB more and more, not sure if that's good or bad....... :-/ Part of me really misses the blogging, part of me doesn't, and every now & then I start migrating more files over to another blog name, with the thought that I might go back to it one day. Meh, don't know. I'm slowly getting pics from the house projects loaded to FB, because some were asking for pics of the projects I've done, and I really didn't want to open up the access to the blog yet.

    Blogging or not, I look forward to more pics of Japan - I've missed them, and for some reason, lately, I've started back into making bentos - so rather apropos that you popped up again! :-)


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