"Cowardice asks the question...is it safe? Expediency asks the question...is it politic? Vanity asks the question...is it popular? But conscience asks the question...is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but one must take it because it is right." ~Dr. Martin Luther King

Sunday 25 October 2015


I did something. I'm not sure what. But it has changed a thing or two. 

Since this  blog started it focused on town business . People from elsewhere have been viewing  and visiting. Still, comments were mostly local. Obviously, it kept the blog from growing but it seemed the cause was justified. 

This year I contemplated widening the focus then decided to let things evolve.

Then  after clicking on the publish button  I clicked on a Share button and an unexpected shift

Visits doubled. At first Canadian visits outnumbered American visits then the situation reversed .

A couple of hundred steady visits are recorded from other countries. France and Russia are nextbut well behind Canada and America and six or seven other countries are listed in the audience. 

I'm not sure what it means. Except, we may no longer be just a little local chat group.

The  American Presidential Primaries  and all the other critical things going on with our neighbors
make it relevant. 

Hopefully we can learn something from a wider exchange. 

Since  we've shared this space together for eight years I thought I ought to share how ithe audience has changed.

In my early years, Saturday afternoon matinee at "the pictures" was a ritual for kids.  there would be the main film, a cowboy picture,  a serial, a cartoon and  either British Movietone News or British Pathe News.We would be in there for three hours. 

George Bernard Shaw was a familiar face  on the news and often quoted. There were Shavian Societies. I think they were clubs for people to gather and discuss the issues of the day. 

Think of that. People got together on a regular basis just to talk about things that mattered to them.

In our own small way maybe that's what we've been doing here for eight years. 


Anonymous said...

You will likely recognize the Americans if they comment, It is astonishing how
little some of them know about Canada. After our recent election they were howling
about socialism on their border and the subject of a wall came up again.

Anonymous said...

That is funny. If you had a club like that now, someone would accuse you of being elitists or exclusionary. even
the mens' clubs in England and that one golf tournament in the states are under siege,

Anonymous said...

Way to go Evelyn!

Anonymous said...

"If you had a club like that now, someone would accuse you of being elitists or exclusionary."

You mean like the fools that criticize our town's cultural centre?