GREAT, GREATER, GREATEST – Marilyn Armstrong

Kind of reminds me of the old talkin’ blues — “I don’t know much about art, but I know what I like!”

I don’t know — or care — if the blogs I follow are great, greater or greatest. It’s entirely subjective. Great for who? Me? You? Everybody on the web? I doubt there is any such blog. If there were, we’d never agree on it, so the real question is what do I like and why?

I’m pretty sure this chickadee could talk., but he can’t type so he doesn’t comment.

I like humor. If you make me laugh, you own me. I am perhaps overly invested in wordplay and wit. I like photography, so if you post astounding pictures — or just pretty ones — I’m in for that too. I appreciate thoughtful posts on subjects ranging from ancient history to the meaning of life. If you combine them all, even better.

I adore authors and try to support them, even if what they write isn’t my favorite stuff. I’m a gadget freak and faithfully follow blogs that delve into hardware and software. I read movie reviews, book reviews, product reviews. I trust my fellow bloggers. From your blogs, I’ve discovered books, authors, movies, cameras, lenses, software, and accessories. I don’t know where I got information before I found you all!

Metropolitan Museum of Art – The fighting Unicorn

I follow many blogs for many reasons. Some are written better than others. Some photographers are more skilled than others, but I don’t count typos or ignore less than perfect pictures. Many people lack technical finesse, yet have true vision and thoughts worth hearing. I’m egalitarian by principle and inclination.

I love animals. Dogs, cats, horses, birds and everything else. Wild animals and pets. But not insects. Sorry bugs, I just can’t love you. I’ve tried. Maybe in my next incarnation.

I hate haters. I admire kindness and generosity especially because I’m not as good as I want to be. I don’t think cruelty is funny. Even when deserved, suffering makes me wince, not laugh.

I’m interested in God, religion, and faith — but can’t stomach being bullied to believe a particular dogma. One size never fits all, not in philosophy, religion, political system, technology or clothing. I read blogs by ministers and other religious people. I want to know what they think and why, how they made their “leap of faith.” Seeking is good.

Then there’s information, ideas, useful hints, suggestions on how to do things differently. I love learning new stuff. Don’t we all?

I don’t read everyone every day. There isn’t enough time, even if I did nothing but read other blogs. And then, I’d never get to write one or take a few pictures. I do try to peek at everyone, even when I’m a couple of days late.

Personally, I think you are all great.

We are great because we care about something that is not “us.” We share ourselves, our knowledge, our hopes, our dreams. Whether we want to change the world or make someone smile, help with a problem, teach a new way to do an old thing, offer a different way to look at the world, we don’t just talk.

We don’t have the power we wish we had, but we do the best we can and that’s a big deal. Especially today. There are problems way beyond our ability to help fix them, but I think we all, in our own way, try.

Greatness is in the eye of the beholder. I behold you all and thank you. You’re the greatest.



Categories: Blogging, Ethics and Philosophy, Photography, Writing

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27 replies

  1. Loved that picture at the dock!

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  2. The pen is mightier than the sword, Marilyn, you have more power than you think.
    Leslie

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  3. Well thanks! You (in my opinion) are one of the ‘gold standards’ by which I blog. No nonsense, but never ever boring. And you have dogs. And share your great life with the rest of us, which, for some of us, is a treasure in itself. Thanks!!

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  4. There is so much in this world, so many wonders that I will never see, so many books I will never read, so many animals I will never talk to that it boggles and re-boggles the mind. At this stage of the game, I concentrate on joyful moments, sights, sounds, love, and laughter. The alternative is not to be tolerated. Onward and upward!

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    • I figure at this point, that we manage to be IN TOUCH with the world is no small thing. By the time people were our age a generation ago, it was rocking chair on the porch time and mostly being forgotten. At least we can still chirp up and say a few little things that maybe someone needs to hear.

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  5. I love this post. And agree with it all. Thank you

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  6. AMEN…
    about your reading choices: you forget ‘I’m reading the labels of produce I then buy or not’….. Now we’ve covered that too – I’m all yours πŸ˜‰

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    • I read labels too. This is especially difficult when it’s a 40-lb bag of kibble! They ALWAYS hide the information underneath and you have to haul it around. It’s the main reason I buy dogfood on Amazon. THEY DELIVER — and you can read the labels without hauling that giant bag of kibble around!

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  7. “Greatness is in the eye of the beholder. I behold you all and thank you. You’re the greatest.” Hear, hear, Marilyn! Thanks for being you!

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    • I think we are all pretty great people. Yes, we blog because we have that itch to create, but we also do what we can to make the world a little better by being part of it, not just sitting on the side. We may not matter much to political parties or even places that sell things (except Amazon — I think we are the heart and soul of Amazon!), but we keep telling our truth — and we MEAN it.

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