“Thank you to the brilliance of wet moss and lichen. Thank you to the rays of golden brown light slanting in the cool of a green lake. Thank you to the shoals of glinting fish. Thank you to the sweet gems of salmonberries. Thank you to the decaying leaves for their rich brown smell . . . I am deeply grateful to share this cycle with you.” ~ Hiromi Goto, from Half World

Lola’s Curmudgeonly Musings 2013 in Review

“If with pleasure you are viewing
Any work a man is doing;
If you like him or you love him, tell him now.
Don’t withhold your approbation
Till the preacher makes oration
And he lies with snowy lilies o’er his brow.

For no matter how you shout it,
He won’t really care about it;
He won’t know how many teardrops you have shed.
If you think some praise is due him,
Now’s the time to slip it to him,
For He cannot read his tombstone when he’s dead.”

~ Clyde H. Box

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Many thanks to those of you who continue to follow and subscribe to this blog. Some of you I have never heard from, and some of you I hear from once in a while, and some of you I hear from frequently. You will never know how much your comments and observations—big or small—mean to me. It affirms that this ongoing project is not for naught.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Here’s an excerpt from the WordPress report:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 160,000 times in 2013. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 7 days for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

“Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness. Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness.” ~ George Sand

Lola’s Curmudgeonly Musings: WordPress Year in Review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt:

About 55,000 tourists visit Liechtenstein every year. This blog was viewed about 280,000 times in 2012. If it were Liechtenstein, it would take about 5 years for that many people to see it. Your blog had more visits than a small country in Europe!

Click here to see the complete report.

Many thanks to those of you who continue to support this blog through visits and comments. Special thanks to the following individuals for their continued active support:

These five individuals were my most consistent commentators, but I know that I have followers out there who read but do not comment, and I also want to thank all of you too. This past year saw me passing 1 million hits, something that I never thought I would see in the early days when I was so excited to reach 500.

I know that I don’t say this nearly enough, but you people out there in the ether really do help me in so many ways, but most especially through your ongoing support of this blog. I am humbled by your willingness to participate in the life of a virtual stranger, sharing stories, offering advice, and infusing me with a constant stream of well wishes. I know myself to be truly fortunate.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Peace.

Music by Ryan Adams, “Kindness”