What’s important for me to say today? Thank you. I am grateful for the community that exists here in the ether. I don’t like to think about what these past months would have been like without all of you.
Entering 2021 together
by Ruth Neuwald Falcon, Seattle, Washington
What’s weird about this time is that I am simultaneously alone in a way I have never been before—none of us has—and more connected than I’ve ever been. All of you who read or write for this blog are part of my life. Our words connect us, even as we each inhabit our own bubbles of whatever size.
Just like we couldn’t have imagined how this year would unfold, I couldn’t have imagined the development of the blog. I just knew I wanted to do something to foster community as our world fragmented in stunning ways. I didn’t realize it would become a place for me to learn to more fully trust myself as a writer. I didn’t even write my own post for the first two weeks. The first post, on March 13, had pieces from five people. The shortest one was 22 words. I was groping for a form for the blog while we were all groping for some kind of understanding of how to navigate this frightening new reality.
We don’t know what 2021 will bring. I am grateful that we are entering it together. To borrow words from Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti at the end of his interview this morning with Jake Tapper, I wish you all strength and love for the New Year.