We at Crotonblog apologize for the extended hiatus from publishing that occurred during the past month. As it turned out, we never made it to Paris or even la plage at Deauville. In fact, we never got closer to any plage other than one on Cape Cod. Sun and sand and the cleansing vistas of a serene Plymouth Bay from the windswept dunes of the Cape invited reflection.
We had a lot to reflect on. Crotonblog first saw the light of day on January 14, 2005. That’s 1,358 days or three years and 245 long days ago. We made a few mistakes (we like to call them missteps) since then. But we also learned something about the perils of publishing. Our intention when we started Crotonblog was to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. Some of the stories we reported had unforeseen results and seem to have “stirred up the animals,” as an unhappy zookeeper might say.
We’ll spare readers a detailed inventory of some of the incidents we have experienced that might make the milk of human kindness turn sour in anybody.
We could continue with this doleful recital, but we think you get the idea. Can we be blamed for thinking that the bloom has gone off the rose?
Perhaps readers will understand why we have spent the past month trying to decide whether the game is worth the candle. We are simply not bold enough to allow our decision to be based on the turn of a card or the toss of a coin. Two readers have already given us a glimmer of encouragement in their comments to our piece about Crotonblog’s vacation. Another longtime reader and contributor sent us an e-mail describing how much he misses Crotonblog.
So, we leave the future of Crotonblog to Croton’s citizens of good will. We’re not asking you to tell us that you love us. The big question is: Despite cowardly attempts at intimidation that are bound to continue, should we resume publication of Crotonblog? Please tell us: What would you do?