Saturday, April 21, 2012

The Times (Blog) they are a Changing

Change is inevitable. 

 When Bob Dylan wrote and sang “The Times they are a Changing” in 1963 the United States of America was in the midst of major social and political transformations. Turmoil permeated all aspects of American life. The civil rights movement filled the nation with hope and fear, the sexual revolution was emancipating to some and revolting to others, drug use was encouraged and criminalized and war loomed on the horizon. In the words of Charles Dickens “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the time of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness...”

Dylan’s song captured the mood of the nation in 1963. It was first performed before the assassination of President John Kennedy, Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy and the official start of the Vietnam War. Even that prophesying song was not immune to change; the rights to that revolutionary song were sold in 1994 for bank and accounting firms TV commercials. The times they changed, for the almighty buck.

Now this blog will change. Not as revolutionary as the nation did in the 1960’s or when the song was sung for TV commercials but a modest change to reflect the actuality of this blog. Change is mentioned in at least twelve blogs since “65 and Alive” began in September of 2011. The initial blog refers to changes; the only constant in life is change. Now is the time for change, in reality just a minor adjustment.

The “About Page” is gone, with its too rigid and wordy purpose for the path the blog followed. The new sub-title, Reflections on Work and Life after 65, of the blog gives me more latitude to write, express my views and generally ramble. Gone too are my personal web pages, which had become static and stale. I will continue to search for topics and ideas relevant to senior life, but also other topics that can enlighten and entertain readers of all ages. Next week’s book review entry has lessons meaningful for everyone, not just seniors.  Come back and read it.

In March a Visual Blog with minimal comments was added. I carry a camera most of the time to record images that I wish to share that can’t be put into words. My digital library has thousands of images that I will glean for viewing; but mainly, I will add fresh, new images. I have one locale in mind that calls out to be photographed, watch for images from the park soon.

I’ll keep writing, if you’ll keep reading. That is one change I don’t want.

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1 comment:

  1. I like your changes. Your blog looks good. See ya soon for lunch.