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Chester County Ramblings - Fri, 2014-04-18 09:40

Writing is something I love to do. I have always been fortunate that my writing mentors are actual writers. Over the years they have helped me, encouraged me, guided me, offered constructive criticism, and helped me generally speaking become a better writer.

If you blog, you are exposed to many types virtually. They love to be your armchair quarterback and tell you what they think. Sometimes they are polite pen pals, very enjoyable to interact with. But then there are the other kinds of pen pals. These are the people who hide behind made up names and can’t just disagree, they have to verbally eviscerate you. It gets old.

Pen names are as American as apple pie, don’t misunderstand me, but it is not like they stand up and say who they are as they criticize. It is their right to comment using a non de plume, but sometimes I think they are being cowardly. They are not being courageous they just don’t want their neighbors to know.

If life was all hearts and flowers and fuzzy pint-sized ponies we would all listen to what our mothers and grandmothers said — “if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.” But I am a realist, so I don’t expect that.

It doesn’t mean, however, that just because I blog I am required to post angry tirades or ad hominem attacks. When you break it down, this is my creative space and I control the content.

That is why I like the delete button. Other people don’t like the delete button so much. Which is why I hang onto I.P. addresses and so on. There are a couple of I.P. addresses that are chronic ankle biters. It is all part of modern writing. It is a sometimes sad commentary, but it is just life.

But where is it we, as writers, draw the line? I used to publish all comments. Now I don’t. My writing isn’t put put there to be the free platform for the negativity of others.

Writing is an intensely personal thing yet it is public if it is on a blog or in print in the traditional sense. When you write you are putting yourself out there and it can be hard. But it is also rewarding because just when you lose faith in humankind, someone connects with a piece you have written, a photo you have taken, a shared experience.

Thank you to those of you who take this journey with me!


Categories: Pennsylvania

All Township Buildings, Libraries Closed for Good Friday

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2014-04-18 09:39
Trash and recycling continue on their normal schedule.
Categories: Lower Merion

Newtown Man Charged With 'Violently' Biting Off Something In Barfight

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2014-04-18 09:29
The victim’s ear was found in the parking lot of the Green Parrot, about eight feet from where the altercation happened, police said.
Categories: Lower Merion

Trending: Man Faces Charges for 'Violently' Biting Off Ear in Barfight

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2014-04-18 08:52
A bar fight in Pennsylvania took a gruesome turn.
Categories: Lower Merion

Excellent ad from Corbett camp

PA Watercooler - Thu, 2014-04-17 20:57
It’s nice to be able to applaud a campaign ad for once. Kudos to whoever made this ad. The campaign would be wise to give you all their money. It’s about time our side started pointing out that all the “cuts” to education have resulted in record high funding. There are so many brilliant aspects […]
Categories: Pennsylvania, Politics

Michigan Judge Threatens To Duct Tape Woman's Mouth Shut, Tells Her: 'I Hope You Die in Prison'

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2014-04-17 18:13
Eyerolls and snickers prompted Jackson County Circuit Judge John McBain to pine for the death penalty.
Categories: Lower Merion

Disney's Bears: Funny, Fascinating and Rated G

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2014-04-17 16:41
"Bears," in theaters April 18, combines beautiful footage with a style and story accessible to children, making it a success for the whole family.
Categories: Lower Merion

Former Eagle Donovan McNabb Arrested in Arizona: Reports

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2014-04-17 16:37
According to information from Maricopa County, Ariz., McNabb has a court hearing on May 16 for a criminal traffic citation.
Categories: Lower Merion

Easter Dessert Recipes You've Got to Try This Year

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2014-04-17 15:59
Patch editors, bloggers and users share their favorite Easter dessert recipes to try at home this year.
Categories: Lower Merion

Bryn Mawr burglar reported Wednesday evening

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-04-17 15:48
Lower Merion police report a home on the 800 block of Roscommon Rd., Bryn Mawr was burglarized Wednesday evening. Police officers responding to an alarm activation at approximately 9 p.m. found forced entry to the home.
Categories: Lower Merion

Winners of 2014 Go for the Green Awards announced in LM

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-04-17 15:47
The Lower Merion Township Environmental Advisory Council has chosen the 2014 Go for the Green Awards, a.k.a "The Greenies."  All winners will be recognized at a ceremony that is open to the public to be held at Appleford, 770 Mt. Moro Road, Villanova, May 15.
Categories: Lower Merion

They're saying it's so: Not Your Average Joe's is coming to Suburban Square

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-04-17 15:11
Dining with a view is coming to Ardmore’s Suburban Square.
Categories: Lower Merion

Vote to approve development plan for Ardmore's Cricket Lot is final

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-04-17 14:53
With a last round of comments and less fireworks, the Lower Merion Board of Commissioners on April 16 made formal its approval of Dranoff Properties’ preliminary plan for redevelopment of the township’s Cricket Avenue parking lot.
Categories: Lower Merion

Pennsylvania AFL-CIO endorses Erin McClelland over John Hugya in PA-12

Keystone Politics - Thu, 2014-04-17 14:43
It’s beginning to look certain that Erin McClelland will coast to a primary election victory over fellow Democrat John Hugya. With a long list of endorsements under her belt, she has achieved the...
Categories: Pennsylvania, Politics

Public Invited to Give Input on Transportation Priorities

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2014-04-17 14:31
The results of the survey will be used for long-range planning.
Categories: Lower Merion

Search New Foreclosures Nearby, April 17

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2014-04-17 14:06
Patch and Zillow team up to bring you local real estate news.
Categories: Lower Merion

PECO Expanding Natural Gas Availability in Lower Merion

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2014-04-17 13:57
These projects include the replacement of existing natural gas main and bare steel natural gas service lines with new plastic pipe, which enhances safety, is more durable and improves service.
Categories: Lower Merion

Clover Market returns to Ardmore for spring season April 27

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-04-17 13:55
To borrow a line from the old chewing gum commercial, “Double the pleasure, double the fun.” That’s what fans of Clover Market can expect in 2014.
Categories: Lower Merion

The Daily Salvo for April 17, 2014 - "Heart and Sole"

The Daily Salvo - Thu, 2014-04-17 13:44
The Daily Salvo for April 17, 2014 - "Heart and Sole"
Hillary Clinton might not have a heart, but she does have a 'sole.' From: The Daily Salvo Views: 0 0 ratings Time: 01:00 More in News & Politics

Memorial Walk Celebrates Life of Baldwin Student

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2014-04-17 13:43
The 11th-annual walk is set for May 3.
Categories: Lower Merion