I had thought I would resume blogging today, but then again, had also assumed I would have had a chance to blog this weekend.
On Friday, a good friend from grad school and I headed to Utah to help the wife of another grad school buddy surprise her husband on his birthday. Â As that friend often checks this blog, I didn’t want to mention anything that might tip him off to my trip. Â Sure enough he was totally surprised.
While in Utah, I spent the better part of my time engaged in great conversations with my friends (and my Utah friend and family) about politics, mythology, graduate school and faith — not to mention superheroes. Â I also had fun being an “uncle” to his kids, playing Justice League with his sons and taking his daughter to see Kung Fu Panda, a fun flick I cannot recommend highly enough.
As a result, I didn’t have any time for blogging, indeed, didn’t even have time to check the news. Â I only knew that the great Tim Russert had passed (perhaps the most even-handed Sunday talk show host/broadcast journalist) of our day because a friend texted me the information. Â Truly a great loss.
Russert was a man unwilling to bow to the liberal tenor of his colleagues, frequently asking tough questions of Democratic politicians as well as Republican ones. Â While some of the far left may berate him, he was the first to ask truly challenge their nemesis in the campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination–Hillary Clinton–when he pressed the New York Senator on whether she supported the then-New York Governor’s plan to give driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants.
Perhaps he became such a classy guy because he got his political start working for Daniel Patrick Moynihan, a liberal New York Senator who had a deep understanding of and respect for conservative ideas.
I had thought I would blog when I got back to LA late yesterday afternoon, but felt quite off balance on my return. Â Maybe it was that I hadn’t had any quiet time this weekend. Â Normally, to relax, I need a few hours of quiet at my desk. Â (Perhaps I should blog on this notion of needed quiet.)
Anyway, I seem to be regaining my center and hope to be back up to my normal blogging speed as soon as tomorrow (Tuesday) if not by Wednesday.
One final note. Â I try to refrain from blogging when I feel off-center for fear I will say something rash that I might later regret. Â
This makes me wonder if some of reason some bloggers (primarily on he left) gain a reputation as being angry as they often post when they’re feeling similarly off. Â That accounts for the rancor of those posts as their authors project their own inner turmoil onto their ideological adversaries so they don’t have to deal with the confusion of conflicting emotions. Â Instead, they try to find explanations outside themselves for the difficulties, the anxieties we all face.
UPDATE: Â Corrected some of the language in the concluding paragraph and want to make clear I’m not referring to all left-wing bloggers, just those obsessed with attacking Bush and other conservatives.