Why blog? – A belated introduction

My dear friend, Becky, has been pushing me to start writing a book or a blog, and another friend, Russ, has encouraged me to blog as well. But, aside from the encouragement of my friends, why would I want to start a blog? Just a few reasons might be that I like to ponder theological questions, I have tremendous empathy for those who suffer, I love tracing my family history and trying to find my way through/around brick walls, I am passionate about justice for all (not just a privileged few), and I enjoy writing and am an avid photographer as well. What better place than a blog to sharpen my skills in writing, photography and analysis, while also sharing a little fun, inspiration, fascination, and compassion with others?

 

What you may see here from time to time are

  • my own struggles,
  • some words of compassion and hope,
  • things that make me laugh,
  • reflections on what it means to me that we are called to see the face of Christ in all persons,
  • stories about my ancestors or about how I’m stuck trying to find them,
  • pictures of the everyday beauty that surrounds us, or of the absurd that astounds us.

 

Do you need to know who I am to appreciate this blog? Perhaps. Or perhaps not. Knowing who I am may encourage you to read my posts, or it may encourage you not to bother – but that will say more about you than it says about me!  So, just in case it matters, I can tell you that I am a progressive, white, middle-class, middle-aged, pro-choice, married, lesbian, American, Episcopalian woman who has studied psychology, theology and liturgy. I work in a church as well as being a reverse mortgage counselor. I am well educated and fairly well-spoken. But, I’m neither pretentious enough nor arrogant enough to think that my words will change attitudes, much less lives. On the other hand, if my words or images can open a window to another way of looking at something or if they can provide comfort or joy, I know I will be blessed in return.

 

 

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About pathawkins

Do you need to know who I am to appreciate this blog? Perhaps. Or perhaps not. Knowing who I am may encourage you to read my posts, or it may encourage you not to bother - but that will say more about you than it says about me! So, just in case it matters, I can tell you that I am a progressive, white, middle-class, middle-aged, pro-choice, married, lesbian, American, Episcopalian woman who has studied psychology, theology and liturgy. I work in a church as well as being a reverse mortgage counselor. I am well educated and fairly well-spoken. But, I'm neither pretentious enough nor arrogant enough to think that my words will change attitudes, much less lives. On the other hand, if my words or images can open a window to another way of looking at something or if they can provide comfort or joy, I know I will be blessed in return.

2 responses to “Why blog? – A belated introduction”

  1. Russ Worthington says :

    Pat,

    You failed to mention that you are AWESOME !!! but then again, you wouldn’t.

    I am so glad that you have started your “book” by using a Blog. When you are ready to publish a book, did you know that you can publish a book from a blog. A Genea-Blogger friend of mine creates a new book each year from her blog.

    Can’t wait you follow this part of your journey. What a great day to see, for me at least, your First Blog Post. What a way to celebrate Easter.

    Best wishes on this new adventure.

    Russ

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    • pathawkins says :

      Thank you Russ. You are such a wonderful supporter! In addition to your encouragement, you’ve offered guidance over the years that has stayed tucked away for the right time. Thank you so much!

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