Sunday, July 20, 2008


I often think about how a blog is a great way to unload, a means to share troubles and get some support during tough times.

But it can also become a trap. One can fill a blog, day after day, with one problem or another, and soon it becomes a way of life. The blog gets bogged down, and it seems routine after a while.

I think the one way out is when hope appears on the horizon, a way out, so to speak. And maybe that's how one gets energized; friends can come and remind one to keep one's eye on the prize. The stories can be more engaging that way, because I do believe that people like to root for others in trouble, despite what the Internet might otherwise lead us to believe.

This sort of explains the lack of activity here in my own Blog. I've run into a sort of personal quagmire of late. There are a lot of things happening, some of which have been out of my control, and others which I do believe it's my personal responsibility to get into hand.

I'm having a lot of trouble, but I haven't given up, or even given ground. My life, at the moment, doesn't have a lot to write about, but that doesn't mean that I'm not doing my best to get out from under. I'm in a very unenviable position, taking into consideration my age, my physical condition and my occasionally dark frame of mind. It makes for interesting living, to say the least, but not for enthralling reading.

There have been some bright moments mixed in though. This weekend there was an intensely bright moment, so hope is never completely lost, and life does allow us the occasional smile, even when times are overwhelmingly nothing to smile about. It reminds me that I have people in my life whom I care about, even those I haven't had the pleasure to personally meet. And sometimes we allow ourselves to neglect those people. Seeing someone I love, this weekend, and meeting someone else who is great, for the first time, well, that brought to mind the fact that I have the habit of going underground for extended stays.

I apologize.

Being part of a great community such as this, requires that one doesn't just go away without an explanation. Or a hello. I hope this covers both.

Life isn't over. It's just hard right now. I'll dig my way out, and then be back to annoy y'all.


  1. I understand where you're coming from. When life seems a bit overwhelming, it's tough to share what's going on...I tend to run away and hide.

    It sounds like your weekend helped with those overwhelming times. YAY!! Thank goodness for the people in our lives that truly care. :)

    Glad to see your posting. Missed you!


  2. It's hard to come up with fresh material time and time again, especially when you're feeling down in the dumps and ho-hum about life.

    I hope that the bright moments of this weekend lift your spirits and the sun starts coming out soon.

  3. Anonymous6:15 AM

    Jimmy I know life can sometimes be overwhelming but with your friends and loved ones around you I am certain you will be OK ~ My thoughts are with you ~ Ally

  4. Anonymous9:12 AM

    It's always good to read you, Jimmy! It's good to see you again. I hope all your wrinkles will smooth out soon!


  5. I understand also.

    Best wishes in everything.

  6. Sorry to hear of your continuous struggles. You're still in my prayers. Chin up. There's light at the end of the tunnel.

  7. I'm hoping this hard time passes quickly as you embrace the blessings of your friends and family. HUG

  8. Anonymous5:42 PM

    It was so great! lysm. I enjoyed every min. LYYYYY

  9. Wish there was something I could do to ease this difficult time for you. Just know that I love ya, k?


  10. It's good to hear that you're still around, though. I hope things get better for you soon.
    Thanks for at least popping in with an update. Sometimes I know it's hard to even do that.

  11. Anonymous6:27 PM

    Hi Jimmy;
    I hope you're sticking around long enough to read some of these comments. You sound very down in the dumps. I know how you feel. There was a time not many years ago that just didn't seem like it would never end. We had three little kids, Bill was beginning to get sick and we had very bad jobs. It was overwhelming almost. No matter how hard I tried I couldn't do anything right. I just kept thinking about my kids. Even now with all that is going on with Bill, I keep my eyes to my kids. Life can be so hard, and yet so wonderful. You're right, this community is a great place to meet people. I've so much enjoyed your journal. I feel as if I lived with you through Pop's loss. I also feel as if I lived with you through your girls making their Sacraments. I'm so very sorry about your physical problems. And I'm so proud of knowing someone like you and how heroic your reactions were on 9/11/01. I've told a lot of people here in Illinois that I know a man from New Jersey who carried a woman on his back as he tried to escape the Towers. I'm proud to say that I know you. If even this way.

    I know what Bill went through after losing his job. He was so discouraged for so long that he would never get back on his feet again. He still gets discouraged considering his recent setback. At the same time, he's looking forward to one day soon, getting away for a weekend, or being with family. As you said, there is always hope.

    And there are three young people looking to you with love. Feel better soon.


  12. Jimmy,
    I love you my friend. Take all the time you need, and know that I am thinking of you ok?

  13. Anonymous4:22 PM

    I have missed you so much. PLEASE take care. We are all "stupid" from time to time. We all make mistakes and we all have troble figuring things out. Sometimes time just needs to pass and others need to take care of themselves. Please come back soon. Lovingly, Anne

  14. Anonymous11:15 PM

    Yeah...I am all caught up! I am a bit sad that you haven't posted for a while. I hope all is well! I am always here if you need to talk!!

  15. Hang in there, my friend that I've never met...but who has given support by means of comments that were so kind, they brought tears to my eyes! :)

  16. Nothing to say really except, I'm there too, and I offer a hug... and some chocolate.

    Love ya, miss ya.

  17. Whatever it is that you're going through, i hope it will all be okay. I'll still be here waiting for your next entry. ((HUGS))


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