In August, I posted a eulogy forEric Crocker. You sent in your comments and memories of Eric from all over the world. I felt embarrassed and stopped writing for a while because I wasn’t the grieving widow; Jeannie Kezlan is. I’m just an old girlfriend who also happens to be a writer and a blogger.
A public forum like a blog is able to act as a community hall where many voices may be heard. I understand that a lot better now. However, I had to take a break after the blog about Eric to take time to think and reorganize my brain about us—you, me, and a blog where we can go deeper sometimes than we can on Facebook on the many topics that interest us Emissaries, mostly ex-Emissaries, and intentional communitarians living in eco-villages and other alternative towns all over the world. That’s us! You. Me. Throw in a few people from my community college world, and my god, who isn’t in some kind of community worth talking about?
But running a blog is like running a magazine; I have to be in it for the long haul. It takes time, thoughtfulness, and a willingness to let many voices be heard. The part of me cracking the whip to get on this project is the old Newslight reporter in me. She’s still hunched over an old Smith Coronamatic up in her Glen Ivy Lodge attic room banging out the news of the month.
- She’s worried that Laurence Cole and the Songweavers were just on a West Coast CD release tour, and why wasn’t I out there on the blog letting everyone know?
- John Connor from the recent Green Pastures Reunion just reached out on Facebook to share his pictures of that event, and I found I wanted to hear his stories. Facebook Group Site Green Pastures Fond Memories
- Francine Ladd posted pixs from our 1979 YES Group at Glen Ivy, and I suddenly realized what a wealth of untold stories are out there in the hearts and minds of old YES-Groupers everywhere.
These events and memories don’t interest the entire planet; I get that. But for some of us, it’s these threads of memory that weave us back together. Many of us broke with the past a little more completely than we wanted to, once all the dust had settled after Martin’s death. Facebook has brought us back together. I hope this blog can act as a forum for two-way seeing: looking inward to the past and outward to the present.
Four Things This Blog Can Do For YOU!
1. Connect to other Em and ex-Em bloggers; tell me who you are and let’s blogroll together!
2. Explore memories of our shared past; remember, I am first and foremost a memoirist–I love to hear your stories!
3. Promote your events, your communities, your projects!
4. Welcome in people who are living in community now and explore and celebrate their experiences, interests and concerns.
If you want to subscribe (free, obviously) to this blog, remember, you can put it on your Google Reader or i-Google homepage, Yahoo homepage, etc. Ask me how!
Do you have other ideas about how this blog can serve our far-flung community? Leave a comment and let me know!