An Irrelevant Blog Title

As I wrote to someone recently, “it’s been a busy week for me today.”

I think about this blog every day; grabbing at ideas, weighing them in my mind. “Oh that’ll make a good post,” I’ll find myself thinking often. But, if I don’t write it down, poof, off it goes. I’ve remembered a few. Here are the titles I thought might work:

  • How to determine the value of a man’s life (Yes, this was a question I had to ask this week).
  • How to handle those tag questions we all ask when talking to someone whose first language is NOT English? You know, the one’s that go, “You didn’t call her already, did you?” to which the non-English speaker answers the more recent query, “did you” in the positive. Tag questions must be answered as though there were no tag. “You didn’t call her already?” gets answered the same whether the tag is there or not. There, that topic is covered.
  • How to sponsor an asylum seeker. (stay tuned).

Yup, I’ve given a good deal of thought to these titles in the past few days. They didn’t always begin with the “How to,” by the way; I added that just now to give them a little parallelism. I like parallelism. It hints at order.

There were also topics that never got a title.

  • What the insurgents have taught me about my democracy. That gave them way too much credit.
  • Finding the lemonade as our democracy crumbled around us. I’m tired of the lemonade metaphor; you too?
  • Offering a post about hope in the future. Just no. I’m not the person to tell anyone to have hope.

Fellow blogger and friend Kathy Pooler wrote something of this in her blog this week in Staring at the blank page, “Everything feels trite in comparison…and yet, I know life goes on …” 

I wrote about writer’s block seven years ago. You can read it here if you want. A silly thing, really. Fun actually. I don’t feel like being silly these days. Fun is furthest from my mind. I feel responsible. My readership is growing and I want to provide content that is timely, interesting, and thoughtful. And wow, you’d think that would be easy these days with so much going on.

So many are able to do this too. Have you found Heather Cox Richardson yet? She writes a nightly newsletter that takes the events we see on the News and interprets them in light of the American history she teaches at Boston College. Richardson is timely, interesting, and impressive. I share her writings on my Facebook page often.

Do you catch Randy Rainbow now and then? My favorite is still this one, produced when Biden selected his Vice President. You can catch it here. Rainbow is timely, interesting, and fun.

I’m definitely not any of those, at the moment. So, four hours ago I asked my Facebook family for ideas.

When I began this post, I had 24 responses. By the time I took the screen shot, it had shot up to 34. You’ve given me a few topics that deserve a bit more thought than I can muster currently. Thanks Facebook Friends. Here are those:

  • Joe Biden as a president who stutters; I would love to tackle that, but let’s do it after he’s had his 100 days and life settles.
  • Can animals be prejudiced? Intriguing and she even gives an example (though, personally, it sounds more like a case of animal jealousy and now that we have a new puppy I could write about dog jealousy. Your bone? Now I want it, that bone; no THAT one . . .)
  • Will the Lincoln Project fix the Republican Party? That’s easy: No (IMHO)
  • The American resistance to learning a foreign language (to which I added that Russians are like us in that way, too). Is it because we both have vast tracks of land with no others in sight? Not like Europe where you must learn a second (or fifth) language just to take the train. Good one; I’d like to chew on it a bit.
  • How do we unite after all this division? I hope to tackle that over the next two months in a small online discussion group sponsored by Barb Piscopo and the Lorain Historical Society (and library) in Lorain, Ohio. I don’t have the answers, but I’m hoping if we tackle the “how to” resources I’ve brought together in my little LEAPFROG missive, we might just get a jump on the “just do it” part. Time will tell. Why don’t you join us?

Then there was this one liner from a fellow Vermonter that caught my eye. “Seed catalogs. It’s a metaphor. Go.”

It’s the Comment that got the most Replies from other Commenters. Now, THAT was interesting to me. Besides, it sounded like it could get fun.

Anyone who lives here in Vermont or environs similar (lots of snow, lots of down time in January) know that January is the month to peruse the seed catalogs.

It got comments on tRump as the “seeder” of the events of 1/6; the election as the “seeder” of our current political divide (I do think it goes back quite a bit further); and the importance of sowing those “seeds of hope” — by the smallest of actions, “like the rash of pet adoptions related to CoVid quarantining.” There’s been a rash of pet adoptions? Makes sense, of course, I just hadn’t thought our adopting Jackson was due in part to our CoVid hibernation. It’s an angle I might pursue.

Then there was the comment about sowing the seeds that produced the fear of women and the fear of race. We’d be onto something here if it weren’t now nearly 10 o’clock and time for sleep.

I’m thinking it might be time to bring back my four-part series on “How Do We Talk About Race?” Here’s the link to Part III of that series, just in case.

I had over 2,000 views last month, so I do feel some sense of responsibility to produce something. This week, I need help. And thanks to my readers, my Facebook family, and whomever feels drawn to check me out, I got it.

Thank you Adrienne, Ari, Dagne, Di, Helen, Irene, Jenny, Jessica, Jo, Julie, Kate, Laurie, Susan, Tony, and Vicki for all your good ideas. You rock.

Now if we could just figure out how to title this one.

6 Responses

  1. Darlene Foster
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    How clever to ask your followers for ideas. I enjoyed this post. It didn´t really need a title. We adopted a second dog, a little sister for Dot. We can´t see our family so we are building one here!
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    • Janet Givens
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      I’ve just read that there is a global run on rescued dogs, and a consequence of our CoVid isolation. I had no idea! We’ve been looking for ours for about two years now. Love your idea of “building a new one here,”. Indeed.
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  2. Marian Beaman
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    Janet, I like how you reach out to find topics and draw the net for titles. Smart lady! I think the pandemic and the current political chaos has a lot to do with our addled brains, topped off by a president’s inciting a mob to violence. Oh, God!

    Right now I’m reading Living in Covid Times from Story Circle Network. You’d think it would be a downer, but lots of women tell their stories of joy and sorrow through prose and poetry. I think you’d find it inspiring. Perhaps you’ve heard about it. Anyway, in my view, you’ve achieved your goal this week!
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    • Janet Givens
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      Addled brains. That sums it up well, Marian. As for the reading a new book, I have gone from reading 4-5 a week to finishing only two books since mid March. It sounds like a really as l upper. I thank you for the suggestion.
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  3. Pamela
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    Funny relevant and not irreverent at all! I hadn’t seen that Randy Rainbow video and just did thanks to you. Brings a much needed smile to my face.
    One little comment – not a suggestion on a topic. But the responses in the comments are super small so I can’t read them. And comments are so fun and insightful!
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    • Janet Givens
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      Thanks Pam. I’ll pass your thought on to my new webmistress. I’m also finding the fonts in the sidebar are often larger than the blog itself. We’re tweaking every now and then. I’m glad i could introduce you to Randy Rainbow. You know, this one particular parody got me thinking of Kamala in a much more positive way. My title — I tried to pull from an old writer’s group. One of our members was working on a novel and hadn’t settled on her POV. So her working title was “A Mysterious Point of View.” From there, I went to Irrelevant. Then, POV seemed irrelevant too boot. It was a muddle, as was my brain at the time. Worked out better than I expected. Thanks for Commenting.
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