a hand-painted "slow down" sign

Good enough: A 21-Day Salute™

The sidebar to the right was supposed to be cleaned up before I started writing here again.

There was also supposed to be a new logo on the tippy-top and faster-loading lines of code underneath. And if you looked at it all on your smartphone, it was supposed to fit perfectly. That word will get you into trouble every time—”perfectly.” Ditto the ones “supposed to.”

Speaking of words, this particular collection of them was supposed to be coming together earlier and far more elegantly than it did. It was supposed to be longer, then shorter, then longer still, then verse, of all things. It was supposed to explain everything quite clearly, yet remain vaguely mysterious and faintly oblique. It was definitely supposed to have fewer adverbs.

Also, the shadow on the accompanying photo wasn’t supposed to be there, and I was supposed to either go back and snap another picture or—don’t laugh—learn Photoshop well enough to remove it by the time this went up.

And I wonder why I wander away from writing.

So here: a second fresh start, just like the first one, only completely different.

Because while I am still a ways from being a tree—from feeling I am good enough simply by virtue of being—I can finally see it from here.

And that is worth a Salute.


The skinny on, plus all previous 21-Day Salutes™.


  1. Oh, Sal-ute!! Welcome back <3.
    …And it's plenty oblique and mysterious, Colleen ~ no "shoulda's" needed.
    Bright Sunday Blessings…

  2. Oh Colleen my luv! How wonderful to have you back. My heart leaps up when I behold your return. I so thank you for the tiny-ness and the permission to begin again after a long silence. You’re walking in front of me with a heavy-duty flashlight, even though I’ll stumble anyway. So fucking what? Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  3. Oh yes, welcome back and thank you for always making me laugh. Maybe I will get inspired to tend better to my own blog. So true about “supposed to” and “perfectly.”

    1. OH THANK GOD. I seriously was afraid that I was not funny anymore.

      And eff “better”, right along with “supposed to” and “perfectly”. It’s your thing, and you are the boss of it!

      1. Not funny? I laugh out loud at your posts…and I’m a tough audience.
        So so glad that you can “see it from here.” I hope you’ll describe it for me so I might recognize it too.

  4. I am delighted to see you back in the blogsphere. I hope that I will get see some of the scintillating stuff that you used to come up with regularly before.

    1. I salute you, just for being, not for anything you do.

      You always have made me understand that you do, which is but one of many reasons I treasure you. Thank you, my lovely friend in the other part of the West.

  5. Missed your newsletter as I always find something that is helpful. So happy you are back! Big hug and kisses.

    1. Thank you! I am still not sure about the newsletter. But I am entertaining some notions. Perhaps they will turn into ideas.

      1. ‘Tis the season for “entertaining notions” of change – almost everyone I know online is re-shaping their “thing” about now…
        Cheers! and no pressure – when it comes, it comes ;)

    1. I had a feeling I might not be alone on this, but really, you never know. It’s crazy inside my head.

  6. Oh how I have missed seeing the communicatrix in my Inbox. So glad you’re back, in whatever shape, size and abundance of adverbs that presence might take. Welcome back, hope you’ve had many adventures in your absence from my Inbox.

    1. Many, many adventures, thanks—some of which I am even at liberty to discuss. More as I have it.

  7. Had to share the two words uttered after seeing your email in my inbox and then reading your words here…

    “Fuck Yeah!”

    For you. For me. For all of us who love you no matter when or where you show up.

    1. Thank you, my friend. You’ve been my model for letting go of expectations as a happier way of life for a long, long time now.

    1. And I am still mostly cautiously optimistic about being back. But the only way to it is through it, right? (Thank you. Seriously.)

  8. Squeeee!
    Holy poop stains, you’re back!!
    The Internet just got better!!
    Welcome back, dear.
    We missed you.

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