When someone signs up as a user at this site, I send out an email to thank them and explain that there is absolutely no benefit at all associated with signing in here excepting that you can now post a comment (which nobody does anyway).
Well, it seems that there is a second feature that I had not thought of in that new users get to capture my email address.
Evidently, one of you forwarded my thank you through to your mom.
And your mom (Shelly) loves it here.
So yesterday, I'm at the tail end of clearing up the debris that had piled up during a two week vacation (almost three weeks actually if you count the week spent accomplishing damn near nothing while staring blankly at my screen thinking about being gone), when I decided to cruise through my junk email box to see if something worthy might be sitting there.
"Hmmmm." I say, "What's a Shelly?"
I'm not going to take up your time going into all the nice things Shelly had to say about the site ... the wit, the obvious intelligence, the great writing, etc.
Although I could, having memorized the entire note.
Shelly ended her note by asking, "Why are you doing this?"
"Hmmmm." I say yet again. "Why indeed?"
Just Thinking is where I decide what I think and what I believe.
I used to keep notebooks.
I save ideas, research, random crap that I think could amount to something someday, lists, quotes, etc.
Then, as computers became more useful, folders (I have folders holding folders of folders holding folders).
Then, as the internet bloomed, links.
I'm sure you believe me when I tell you, "I got the links".
Just Thinking is where I try it all out.
I grind around out there until something shows up.
When something I think has a chance finally pops up, I test it.
I grind around some more and honestly try to blow it up.
The more it fits into my world view, the harder I try to blow it up.
I'm not asking anybody to believe me on that one.
I write it down in my own hand (so to speak), stare at it a good long while ..... until I decide if I think it's true.
If I hit the publish button, you can be certain, I'm certain.
Now, the fact of my certainty does not necessarily mean that I think I'm always right, it just means that I'm certain.
One of my very favorite features when it comes to me, has to do with the fact that if I think I'm wrong, I just change my mind, and in so doing, become right.
While all the while, remaining certain.
To quote George Bernard Shaw one more time.
And thank you Shelly for your kind words.