Thursday, May 19, 2011

Time to Take a Break

The Raining Acorns writing collaboration with Carol-Ann and Wide Open Spaces has been a wonderful adventure.  I can’t imagine any two better writing colleagues than they have been.

I think of Wide Open Spaces as our Erma Bombeck.  I love her easy humor, not to mention her ability to come up with snappy titles that don’t use a semi-colon.  Carol-Ann has a knack for taking popular subjects and turning them on their head.  Her tales of South Africa have been a particular pleasure for me.  Her post “Invictus:  My Memory of the Game” (which she attended) remains the most popular of all of our posts.

Yet, as all things tend to do, the Raining Acorns writing collaboration has come to an end.  For me, at least, that doesn’t necessarily mean an end to blogging.  I’m going to be listening and looking, reading and walking, and coming up with what I want to do next.  While I won’t be active on the internet during this period, our blog will remain up, and I will check e-mail from time to time, so please feel free to drop a line.

While I’m out wandering, I’ll miss all of you whose blogs (and tweets) I’ve been following with keen interest, and I’ll certainly miss your visits to us at RA.  I’ll post an announcement on the blog when any of us is back in action.  I do hope you’ll come by and visit again then.


  1. Sorry to see you go on hiatus just as I was beginning my own blogging adventure. Hope to catch up with you, at some point.

    All best,

  2. Sorry to see you go, I have enjoyed this space.

  3. Hi everyone - enjoy the break and refuelling of energies .. cheers Hilary

  4. Dear Raining Acorns,
    that is a true loss for us in Blogland! It was through you that I opened up (a bit) to contemporary music - and as I read in an newspaper article yesterday that is a good thing to stay young: learning something new. I learned from you three, and thank you for that! But what is more: I was entertained as well - and that is Art! Thank you - and I will be on the look-out for your further plans! Britta

  5. How will we cope without the regular support of the most generous-spirited of bloggers? But I'm sure you're doing the right thing - a healthy time away from the internet is what we all need, but so rarely take. Bon voyage, shastlivovo puti or gute reise, depending on where you're going.

  6. RA: I'll miss your voice in this space. I look forward to following you in the future, wherever you are - Hamba kahle!

  7. I'll miss you too, I appreciate you, and I understand the need to take a break from the Internet world. Happy trails!

  8. Agree that one can benefit from taking a timeout, RA. I eagerly await the unveiling of your next venture into the blogosphere.

    Meanwhile, do enjoy the great outdoors as much as possible this summer. There is nothing like a nature hike to restore the soul!

  9. Having just discovered you (because of the flooding Atchafalaya and some intense googling) I'm relieved to know you'll be leaving the blog up. I'm anxious to explore the writings and photography here - there are a few places in bloggieland I find restful and restorative, and this is one.

  10. Dear friends:

    Your kind words and well wishes are precious gifts. I’m glad RA has provided posts of interest to you. You’ve certainly provided me with a lot of fascinating reading and expanded my horizons vastly. That, of course, is what is so wonderful about the internet, and it’s not my intention to do more than take a break. If nothing else, I’ll want to see what you’re all up to!

    Suze: I’ll look forward to catching up with you somewhere along the way. Meanwhile, good luck with your own writing ventures.

    Von: You’ve taught me so much about Australia in the most enjoyable and neighborly sort of way. I’ve treasured the ability to visit and see what the geese and cats and hens and all else are up to down under.

    Hilary: Your blog is fascinating on so many levels. I don’t think anyone could have used the A-Z project to such advantage as you did, showing us so many wonderful aspects of the English countryside. I enjoyed that series immensely, and so much more.

    Britta: I must return the compliments you’ve given me back to you many times over. I don’t know if you know this expression, but they broke the mold when you were born. No one else has anything like your witty, glamorous, and enticing take on everything you encounter, whether it be Berlin, the garden, Lucia, or organizing tools! I look forward to continuing our connection, even if in a different form.

    David: Well, you know, David, now that I am subscribing to the BBC Music Magazine again (in which I see you are featured this month!), and also have all those page flags in your Prokofiev book, I have quite a lot of off-line business to attend to. You’ve taught me a great deal, not only about music, but also Darwin and Morocco, just to name two, and I eagerly look forward to see what you’re up to once I come back into cyberspace again!

    Carol-Ann: And I yours. Likewise, I’ll look forward to learning of your next writing ventures.

    Mark: Your blog has been a treasure trove. I’ve traveled into worlds I never imagined, and it was a great honor to be invited to write for your blog as a guest. In my stack of reading to do while off the internet is John Ashbery’s Selected Poems. You can be sure that I’ll be consulting your incisive posts on Ashbery as I read (I’ve printed them to have at hand). You always challenge me, in your posts, to go further and think harder, and it’s been a mind-expanding pleasure that I won’t want to forego for long.

    Cybersr: Looking forward to your visit in “real space.”

    shoreacres: It was a particular pleasure to read your comment and to know that our blog may continue to provide enjoyment to new readers. I’m also thrilled that you found us “in time,” as it allowed me to find you. I’ve enjoyed what I’ve seen so far at “The Task at Hand,” and I look forward to visiting there again.

  11. Thank you for an abundance of inspiration and entertainment.

    A hui hou!

  12. Being a bit slow on the uptake I only just realised that you're actually going.

    While I understand the need to 'put the blog down and step away from the computer' I mourn your presence - always generous, thoughtful and supportive - in blogland and hope your absence is only temporary.

    On the plus side, this will give me a chance to catch up on all the stuff I missed - yours was never a quick read, but thank you for the challenges and explorations RA has presented and have fun whatever you're doing!


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