You know, after doing this blogging thing for four years, I can honestly say that I feel more comfortable with this “virtual” community than with just about any “real” community I’ve ever been a part of. With its combination of both intellectual challenge and friendly camaraderie, it’s like having the best of what I had with the military, work, and academic communities – each, in turn, ranking as “best” from my prior life – all rolled into one.
I’d like to celebrate the occasion by reblogging a couple of videos – from “virtual friends” that I’ve come to appreciate so very, very much – that helps to illustrate both my ongoing struggle against the negativity that drove me into my isolated existence and the sense of “family” I get from this community that makes it all bearable.
The first is from Cool Berman, who posts so much great stuff that I can barely keep up with it, let alone “borrow” enough from:
The second is from Carmen Lezeth Suarez, whose blog I don’t get to nearly often enough, but who still manages to keep me grounded in my humanity nonetheless:
With a little help from my friends, I’ve “gotten by” for a full four years now. Thank you all so very, very very much!
I want ice water.
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