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thkuvav1vpShoot! I nearly forgot today is the anniversary of the blog!   This is year makes number eleven!  Hurrah for our side!

The Board of Directors Here at Spo-reflections sent me a warm congratulations written in runes engraved on the skull. This makes eleven for my collection. Isn’t that sweet? The Muses and The Fates sent identical bow ties. I wonder if they did this on purpose. Imagine the following conversation: “Let’s send the same tie so he can return one of them and get one he really wants”.  The Fates sent a card; The Skanks sent a six pack of Coors (they splurged for the occasion).  The Norns didn’t send anything at all, as is their wont: they do not recognize any holidays other than Ragnorak.

I am pleased as punch at having made another year of blogging. I think I have run out of ideas and this isn’t worthwhile to continue only to have some notion drop on my head like the Wicked Witch of the East and off I go. I very much enjoy writing so I suspect Spo-Reflections will continue for an indefinite period of time.

Over the past year I have seen bloggers go and new ones arise. I am very glad to have discovered new Spo-fans; I am grateful for all of you.

There is no agenda to my peripatetic writings. Entries range from erudite instruction to farce. Blogging remains a marvelous journey and I am very glad you all will come along for the walk.

 

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On 8 February 2006 I started blogging; today is the tenth anniversary of Spo-Reflections.

My first entry: The Journey Begins.

My thoughts on the day is summarized in one word:

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Every year on this day on this day I say the same things really. I’ve often wondered what on earth is there left to write. Somehow I keep typing, the words keep flowing, and lo! it is a decade later. I hope my style and content have improved with time. I like to think I have become an amateur ‘man of letters’, for which I am most grateful.

More miraculous are the people who drop by to read my scribbles. I so appreciate Spo-fans and your comments. Every writer wants an audience and I have been blessed to have such an assortment. Over the decade I have encountered fabulous and foudroyant men and women, old and young, gay and strait, and far and wide. Many of you have become my friends, which I would not exchange for anything. I have lost some through death; the loss is a true sorrow.

 

The entry most visited:     My dopplegangers    (over 46,000 views! )

Here are some of the most popular writings:

What do Canadians think of Americans really?

Pap smears for men.

Depression from a Jungian point of view. 

The Victim Complex.

How not to be neurotic. 

Hors d’oeuvres: the gay man’s dilemma. 

 

Here are a few of which I am quite proud:

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Last Night’s travel through the universe.

A plum stone. 

A Spo-tale.

Wicked fairies around my house.

Reclaiming solitude.  

I think my all-time favorite entry is “Noteworthy Kisses”.  It leaps to my mind whenever I wonder what entry is my fondest.

Finally, to celebrate the day here is the Spo-Shirt lottery:

Thank you for being part of the Journey.   I wonder what the next decade will reveal. Who can say. Come along with me. Along the way may we find happiness in a nice hot cup of tea (no rubbish) or with a small chocolate cone or a snort, a lovely roll down a grass hill, and may all the rats be the finest from Tewkesbury.

OXOX.

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The Board of Directors Here at Spo-Reflections approves of this entry. 

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Hey! It’s blog-day!

Spo-Reflections is nine years old !

I continue to be amazed Spo-Reflections endures. This is not because I am indifferent to blogging. Quite the contrary! I still find it delightful to write out my thoughts and share them with others. What amazes me there are still ideas on which to write. I am still astounded there are people who bother to read it. I am most grateful for those who do, whether regular Spo-fans or those once in a while drop-in types. I hope you still find it informative or at least entertaining.

Every year on blog-day (8 February) I reread last year’s blog day entry to see what I said (more or less the same things really) and to remember who left a comment last time. There are always a few ‘no longer with me’, which I find sad. What gladdens me is to see some are ‘still here after a year’.

In honor of the day The Board of Directors Here at Spo-Reflections sent a basket of imperial tidbits composed of tinned fish and crackers, although someone ate the chocolate covered almonds.

The Muses sent a book:  “Lots of Plots”

The Fates sent a cryptic birthday card with the words ‘You’ll see !”

The Norns sent a text message. I didn’t know they could do that.

The Graces?  A small chocolate cone.

The Skanks sent a 10$ Walmart gift card.  (The dears!)

 

Thank you all. I love you like my luggage. 🙂

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Spo-Reflections is 8 years old!

The actual blog anniversary day is tomorrow, 8 February, but I am traveling tomorrow; I am ‘celebrating’ one day early. It seems a good day to do so, for today is the birthday of my guy Charles Dickens.

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I am very pleased with this creation; blogging has given me so many gifts. It has provided me artistic expression and a means to channel my desire to write. I’ve had a lot of fun in the process. The best par is becoming connected with so many marvelous people: men and women; far and wide.  What a gift it is to become familiar with folks I never would have met if it hadn’t been for blogging.

There have been some sad times when I ‘get to know someone’ only to have them drop out of blogger-land. Happily, new folks appear. I don’t see blogging dissipating any time soon. I plan to keep going.

As always, I don’t know where this is going or what happens next. I continue to travel on a marvelous Journey, with you as my companions.

Speaking of journeys, Someone and I are packing our bags with Spo-shirts and suntan oil to fly tomorrow to Puerto Vallarta. I don’t know how often I will be writing or reading blogs in the next week.  I will try my best to keep you abreast of the news*.

Thank you everyone for being part of this process.

Please join me in year #9.

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*Printable ones, anyway.

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Spo-Reflections is seven years old today !

Every year on my blogday I say the same things :

 

I amazed by this marvelous Journey.

I am thrilled to be doing this.

I am so grateful for all the blogger buddies and Spo-fans who have honored me through the year with their visits, comments, and friendships.

I don’t know where this will go. 

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I would trade it all in a minute to just be an aardvark. 

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I was born on the 7th day of the 7th month, at 7AM, so “7 “ is indeed my lucky number.

I hope the 7th year of Spo-Reflections is a Marvelous Party. 

 

I hope you will come along.   

Today is Spo-Reflections’ anniversary.

The first post was on 8 February 2006, so this is either ‘Happy blogday’ or ‘Happy bloggerversary”.  I am not certain which is the more appropriate term.  Either way, my blog is six year old.

Every year I say the same things, but they are no less truthful:

I am continuously amazed by the Journey. There is nothing more marvelous and adventuresome as a journey without certainty. I am excited (and still without vision) as to where the next year will go. This must be how it feels to be sailing with only whim and wind to guide me.

I am pleased as punch at the reception my writing.  My attempts at humor and thoughtful prose are deemed worthwhile enough for people to stop by, some on a regular basis. Thank you, everybody.

I am truly blessed by the people I have met along the way. Many have become true friends – even though I have never met them.

I hope you will come along with me into the new year.  

May it be something marvelous.

Spo-Reflections is 5 years old today.

 

Its conception was ‘an accident’; the blog was not planned. I was in Key West,  listening to Michael Guy of “Temporary Trouble Spots”. He was writing and talking about the joys of blogging and how marvelous it was. Michael urged me to try it, seeing my habit of writing a journal. What the hell, I thought.  I had no expectations or goals. The onset went slowly and with a few missteps. but Michael gave encouragement. Through his links, I started reading blogs to see what others were like.

Five years later…..

What a wonderful Journey. Blogging has been such a marvelous party (thank you again Michael!).  It allows self-expression in a way far more than music ever did. This alone would make blogging worthwhile. The real benefit has been the establishment of friendships with people I would never have known. Who knew that would be the real benefit ?

I know it sounds gay and cliche, but I feel like Dorothy.

On 2/8/06 I wrote “Encouraged by a chum who blogs, and driven by some OCD traits to record everything, I start something I have never seen before, let alone done – a blog.” I longed for some something to happen; I was sent down the Yellow Brick Road (that makes Michael Guy my Glinda). The real happening was meeting The Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion.

I thank you, all my Scarecrows, Lions, and Tin men – and women! –  for coming along. Please continue dancing down the Yellow Brick Road  with me for another 5 years. And it won’t matter if we never get to the Emerald City.

Today is the 4th year anniversary of

Spo-Reflections.

I say this every year – I thoroughly enjoy writing this blog.

It gives me so much; it fulfills a need to write, a desire to teach, and a platform to perform.

I am glad people find my scribbles interesting enough to stop by and read them. I am grateful a handful return on a regular basis. Writing is first and foremost a personal need; an audience is a major perk – and a blessing.

I have grown to know many people through this media. I feel I know some of you more than my ‘real life’ friends. I am truly blessed for Spo-fans letting me be part of your lives.  400,000 visitors now and counting.

Again I thank Michael for introducing to blogging. Who knew a casual poolside chat would turn into all of this?

I have no expectations again for the next year.

The number 5 in The Tarot is about changes and stir ups.

Let me see what Year #5 brings.

I hope you will come along.

 

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Today is the 3rd anniversary of Spo-Reflections.

I stared blogging on 2/8/06.  It is fitting I am leaving Key West today, as this is where Spo-Reflections was inspired. Michael Guy at Temporary Trouble Spots (the dear) encouraged me to give it a try. So when I got home I did. I started with no concept what to do or what to write – and perhaps it would not go very far.

Now I start Year #4.

In the past year I have seen the number of visitors rise. The ‘100,000 visitors’ mark was surpassed; I saw favorites call it quits; I encountered new bloggers.  My reads and my blog list are as long as they have ever been.

I feel fortunate to have had such an experience. I’ve said it before – blogging is a marvelous journey.  Each anniversary I wonder where this will next go and I still have no idea.

I hope 12 months from now I can look back and say it was another marvelous year.  So come along with me and lets us witness something wonderful.

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Today is my blog’s birthday. Spo-Reflections is 2 years old.  

I keep saying this but it remains true – I am continually amazed by this experience. 

Two years ago I didn’t know what blogging was. I took it up on the recommendation of Michael at Temporary Trouble Spots (the dear!). I had no conscious idea what I was doing or why I was doing it. I thought it would be fun to try writing out my thoughts.

Here is the first entry from 2/08/06; 

Spo Reflections – the journey begins

Encouraged by a chum who blogs, and driven by some OCD traits to record everything, I start something I have never seen before, let alone done – a blog. I have heard of them but as my computer skills are minimal, I have never experienced such.

I feel virginal; something I have not experienced in a very long while. For whom am I writing this blog? I am not certain. I am driven to do so – I hope this is more from the Muses and not from lack of medication.
I have no idea where it will go or what it will do or be. That sounds rather exciting.
So it begins……
  

For several months I wrote only to myself, with Michael encouraging me to keep going. Then others started to drop by…. 2 years later;

I read 40-50 blogs. Year #2 went at WordPress. Last year over 40,000 visitors have visited Spo-Reflections.  I have joined a community for which I am very grateful. What a marvelous journey.  

I’ve met three bloggers face to face. I hope to meet more. In the last year there have been many changes and some losses. Nearly all the ‘originals’ I read in 2006 have stopped blogging. I miss them.

Over time new ones continually arrive. I guess blogging is a never-ending story of people coming and going. It is curious to see whom Fate delivers into my life.

Jung said ‘every country gets the foreigners it deserves’.

I am blessed by the variety of people who find my thoughts worthwhile to read.  

I still have no fixed idea where this will go.   

Thank you for coming along with me into year #3.      

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