Why blog? I am sure I’m not the only one who asks this question–one that fails to find an answer, even as we fire up the keyboard and fill more white space with words and pixels–about what, for what, towards what? The buzzword in these days of ubiquitous personal technology is “self-documentation.” It’s all about me. That’s nothing new. But what is remarkable is the  divers ways and the ease with which we can do it and the widespread compulsion to start self-documenting with …

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I feel a bit like any dog we’ve ever had. Coming to a potential napping spot, indoors or out, there’s typically a lot of circling–once, twice, sometimes more–before finally having the sense that this is exactly the right place. So I’ve gotten up from one place that just didn’t seem quite right, and am not yet ready until I circle a few more times to say the blog layout and color scheme and pages are right and I can settle in. Beware shifting templates …

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Found this morning, while looking for something else on the hard drive: a first-month post from 2002 when Fragments was just an infant. Some of those hopes expressed here have been realized in most wonderful ways. But then, twelve years later, I’m still generating snippets and wandering, more often than not, in the Pointless Forest. Everything’s Got to Have a Point!  The Point!, which spawned “Me and My Arrow” (later recycled in a popular car commercial), tells the tale of Oblio, a little boy …

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Back twelve years ago this May, I ran across a quote–“old Chinese proverb” most likely–that explained why I suddenly (but after years of dissatisfaction) left at least a job, if not a career in health care. It said something like this: “Man, not finding treasure, does not continue digging ever deeper in the same hole. He finds another place to dig, and he begins again, hopefully.” It’s not a perfect fit for this post. I’m not about to pitch it in and leave blogging. …

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In the round-about way this webby world provides, because Pete Seeger died this week, we found last night over dinner a YouTube of him singing with a lanky, awkward young Johnny Cash and June Carter. From there came more June Carter clips, including one of her on the Merv Griffith show, where her new book was featured. The book’s title is “Among My Klediments.” (more about the Appalachian word derivation later.) June went on to describe the Tennessee mountain word in a similar way …

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