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The Road Goes On

Friday, January 07, 2005 at 6:40 PM

New Year, New Blog

For the last few months I was an (unfortunately infrequent) contributor to Among the Ruins, a nifty-looking and all-around quality blog. My friend Keith created ATR and was its primary writer.

For a variety of reasons, most beyond Keith's control, "The Ruins" is now in ruins.

More precisely, it vanished from cyberspace. An archive of interesting posts, a great list of other blogs, and some cool links to national park webcams are gone.

I had a few weeks' warning that the site was coming to an end, but it still caught me by surprise. I wanted to write a farewell post, thanking Keith publicly for the opportunity and for the way he's gone way above and beyond the call of duty in helping me with doctoral applications -- but I had little time online over the holidays (which itself wasn't a bad thing). So I'll say it now: thanks, Keith.

At any rate, I've got the itch to blog. I've enjoyed finding so many great theologically informed blogs out there and I want to participate in the conversation.

I also have a sense that blogging will be an important way to keep in touch with friends now that so many of those I've shared the past few years with have left or are leaving Waco (something my wife and I hope and plan to do soon as well).

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As for the title, it's from a nice little poem J.R.R. Tolkien penned through Bilbo Baggins.

Since I'm launching this blog, I'll start with just the first verse:

The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say.

I'm eager to get back on the road. For some time I've felt mired in the Slough of Despond (switching allusions now). I sense that this will end soon. I pray for the perseverance to keep on until it does.

The novelist Walker Percy was the patron saint of Among the Ruins. I consider Percy a kindred spirit (due in part to neurotic delusions of grandeur, no doubt) -- even more so after I recently read Jay Tolson's Percy biography, A Pilgrim in the Ruins.

I frequently return to the notion of life as pilgrimage to remind myself of who I am, where I'm headed and why all that lies in between has purpose -- even if much of that meaning won't be clear until the end.

A forum like this is probably too public for a pilgrim's journal, and I'll probably keep the personal stuff to a minimum. But I expect that theme to be in the background of much of what I write.

(On a lighter note, I suppose I can eventually post verses from Robert Earl Keen's "The Road Goes on Forever . . . and the Party Never Ends.")


Cheers, everyone.

Blogger Camassia said...

Welcome back! I was thinking of suggesting Blogspot when you asked, but I was last on it a few upgrades ago, so I really couldn't say how user-friendly it was. You can't beat the price though!  

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Blogger Myles said...

woo-hoo! andy's back in black! i'm out to kansas city for a few days for a wedding, but when i get back after sunday, we need to do lunch in a bad way. i miss you, black.  

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Blogger colleen said...

Nice poem. (:
Looking forward to reading more.  

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Blogger Wood said...

I am glad you are blogging man. Since I have no good original ideas I live through other people's thoughts. Kind of an idea vulture if you will. One of the things I have missed about Waco are our conversations. So welcome back man and I look forward to it.

YOU MY BOY BLACK!!!  

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Blogger the runner said...

Glad to know that you will keep putting your writing out there. I already miss the "Ruins".  

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Blogger Wood said...

That itch must not have been bothering you too bad or either you put some cortizon cream on it cause I ain't seen no blogs dawg. And you ain't returned my phone call!!!!  

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