April 9, 2015

Number 260: The Last Post

When something feels like it is naturally drawing to a close - I like that expression; I imagine a delicate hand drawing a curtain over a tall window as, outside, day fades to dusk over the distant hills - I believe in letting it.

For the past few months I have felt this blog pulling away from my reach. I have attempted to pull it in, to own it once more, only to have it pull away from me again. I am not one for forcing things, and so I think it is time to let it go for good.

I started writing my Letters online in September, 2009. Five and a half years and 260 posts later I find myself looking outward toward other projects. My life has changed, too, as have my areas of focus. Three of my four children are grown up now and I am somewhat less home-based. I am just about ready to begin the revisions of the novel I spent last year writing and I know the task will consume whatever limited creative output is at my disposal.

Allowing change is healthy although, admittedly, transition can be hard. I will miss the online interaction with other bloggers and readers. While it is a stretch to call these others in the blogging community 'friends', I do believe some genuine connections were made with people in the U.K., Colorado, Virginia, and other places closer to home, and I am grateful. The entire experience enriched my life and furthered my ongoing education immeasurably, but I believe I have exhausted the format I chose for my blogging project. I have tried to write Letters that anyone, young, old and in-between might enjoy reading. I sought feedback but grew uninterested in agressive self-promotion because it seemed to detract from the simple pleasure of putting together my weekly posts. I shared bits of my psyche, my interests, memories, my pursuits and passions with whomever cared to read about them. The number of readers was rarely high but I do believe I brought a bit of light and joy to some people, some of the time.

My friend Kate who has made several wonderful scrapbooks of and for her children once told me that my blog was like a scrapbook for my children, of our adventures together and of my thoughts on many topics such as marriage and motherhood, the arts and nature. I like to think that is true. At some point, perhaps, I will have a book printed of some of my more interesting posts for them.

If you are reading this last post I want to thank you for providing me with a treasured audience, whether this one time or all two hundred sixty times. I have thoroughly enjoyed writing to you, wherever you are, and send you all my best wishes. Please have a listen to this lovely song, for it sums up my thoughts so well:

The Parting Glass

Sincerely and with love,


Sunset on the Fraser River


  1. Thanks for all your thoughtful posts. Happy re-writing.

  2. Hey Rebecca,

    Sometimes you can only go forward into new things when you let go of other things. There is only so much time/life so it is important that we listen to our hearts and follow where they lead.


  3. Ah, Rebecca. I completely understand the shift away but I will so miss your writing. I loved all of your stories but I particularly loved the ones that let us into the life of "little' Rebecca and always was somewhat envious of the wonderful family you grew up in. I will also miss the little poke in the ribs that always came with your writing, the one that made me a little more introspective and turned me, more often than not, back to my own writing. Thanks for sharing your family, your past, your successes and challenges, but most importantly, thank you for sharing your gift with us. All the best with your novel. You are so inspiring!

  4. Aw, I saw the title and didn't want to read it, but of course I did :(.
    But it's good that you know when something's run its course and you're ready to move on to the next.

    Thanks for sharing and best wishes, I'm so glad to have "met" you!

  5. Ah. Well I must admit I am sad because I have grown used to this strange new type of friendship and will miss your thoughtful writing immensely. But I do see that you cannot force something that isn't coming naturally anymore. I wish you and your family happiness and fulfilment wherever life takes you.

  6. I hope I am the Virginia person you speak of because I've always felt a genuine connection with you.

    Life has been crazy for me this year, which is the reason for my absence in blogland since January. Unlike you, it's not my time to "close, though." There is no novel living with me that is in need of coming out.

    I wish you much success with your novel and hope that you will post when it is finished. I would love to know about what you've written.

    Blessings to you, your husband, and kids

  7. Happy New Year to You and Your Family, Rebecca!
    Continued best wishes with your writing.


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