It seems only a short while since I began Northern Insights / Perceptivity but that was 17 months and more than 500 articles ago. Last week, when Sean Holman invited me do a guest segment with Laila Yuile on Public Eye Radio, he referred to us both as “veteran bloggers” and I took that as a compliment. I’m sure Laila did as well.
Years ago, after a few ski lessons, the instructor said, “Now, go and put on mileage.” Writing is like that too and Northern Insights is the means to gain mileage for my scribblings. It’s done that to my satisfaction and I’ve been honored by a growing audience. I don’t expect readers to agree with all or most of my interpretations and opinions. In fact, I’m sure you don’t. However, I try to be factually accurate, which means that even an article that is a quick read may take hours of preparation.
With the summer soon ending, Northern Insights is going on hiatus. It won’t be complete since I’ll be following the news and unlikely to resist commenting on breaking stories, especially if the good ship BC Liberal splits its keel suddenly. However, I plan time away from the blog. I promised to do a little clean up at home and I have a research project to pursue. Additionally, my wife and I signed up for a short immersion in language training. I have already a pathetic grasp of French – it was sufficient at least to recover an impounded rental car in Lyon – but now there is an urge to know a few words of Spanish. Since my capacity for multi-tasking has gone AWOL, attention to the blog will be minimized during September.
I remember words of Mark Twain from 1869:
What a robust people, what a nation of thinkers we might be, if we would only lay ourselves on the shelf occasionally and renew our edges!
– The Innocents Abroad