Announcement: the last new blog post on this blog

This is the 1600th blog post on this blog.  It is also the last new blog post on this blog.  The About page and the Posts List page should be updated, and some other things might be updated, but this is the last new blog post.

The idea that the last new blog post would be post one thousand six hundred was mentioned in the post from June 29, 2020.  The idea that the blog would be ending was mentioned in the post for the six year anniversary of the blog.

The first post on this blog was posted on April 24, 2014.  It was titled Welcome.  It was posted more than six years ago.  It feels so long ago.

It feels strange to be ending the blog.  After so many posts, it feels odd not to be having anymore.  Some time after the blog was started, posts were posted almost every weekday.  It seems like it will be strange not to have that.  It was a part of most days, and it feels strange that it won’t be.

It’s hard to know what this blog has meant.  Hopefully it has meant something to some readers out there.  Hopefully some thought, laughed, learned something, or were entertained.  Hopefully some liked it.

As said, this is the last new blog post on the blog.  The intention is to keep the blog up for a short time going forward, but then to take it down.  While it is still up please take the time to look at posts.  You can find a list with links to posts on the Posts List page.  The link for this post should be added today.

On the About page, there are links to some of the categories on the blog, and you might look at some posts through those links.

Also, you might take some time to look at the Photographs and Artwork page.  You might like some of what is there.

Thank you to everyone who has read something on this blog.  Hopefully the blog has meant something to some readers.

There is some thought at trying to say something with depth here.  As this is the last new blog post on the blog, and there have been so many posts over such a long time, it seems like it would be fitting.  It seems like the last post should have something with depth.  Depth can be difficult though.  Sometimes trying to have depth doesn’t work out.  Sometimes it just doesn’t come through.

Here is a sentiment written as a poem:

Hopefully this blog
has meant something to some.

Thank you to all readers.

Unter Commemoration August 19, 2020

This is the last blog post in the Unter commemoration.  Tomorrow is the last day a new blog post will be posted on the blog.

Unter was a very good dog.  He was big, gentle, happy, playful, and simply a good dog.  He is missed.  Goodbye Unter.


going outside
filling the water bowl
setting it down
giving you treats
cleaning your eyes
adjusting the fan
petting your head
sitting by you
in the afternoon

Unter Commemoration August 18, 2020

there are only so many words
to paint the picture
it never seems complete


This poem is about trying to describe Unter.

It can be hard to describe a dog.  How many ways can a dog be described as friendly or cute or happy?  How many ways can a bark be described or the way he sat or how he moved?  Somehow the words can seem incomplete and repetitive.  They don’t get across how he was.  They don’t get across what he meant to people.  Somehow the words leave the picture incomplete.

Unter Commemoration August 12, 2020

in the future
maybe when the weather is nice
there might be a walk
a long walk
along the ways
you used to go
the places you used to be.

You used to love to walk;
it seemed one of your greatest joys.
It seemed to make you so happy.

in the future,
maybe when the weather is nice
there might be a walk
a long walk.

Note: As a reminder, the last new blog post on this blog will be on August 20, 2020.

Unter Commemoration August 10, 2020

drawing you can be difficult,
and might not look quite right,
so here are some words instead.

You were a good friend
and a very good dog.

You were nice,
and calm
and happy.

You liked simple things
and little things brought you joy.

You loved to go for walks.

You loved to see your people,
and wanted them around you.

You made others smile.

You were silly,
and playful.

You were a good dog Unter.