Well, it seems the Buddhist blogosphere is becoming a little thinner of late. The Precious Metal blog is closing up shop. The Reformed Buddhist is really kind of dormant.
And this blog hasn't had that many posts of late. My rate of posting has gone from a deterministic constant rate process to one more bursty and Poisson-like. That's my way of saying though it's been 6 days since I wrote a post on this blog it might be that tomorrow you might find thirty or forty posts here, but don't bet your life savings on it.
I'm not running out of things to write about, but rather these days there are higher priorities. My 10 year old is becoming slowly but surely a rather skilled young violinist who knows about Shakespeare. My wife is doing several things business related. I've got major work things to do, bursts of creativity. Plus sitting practice, swimming, and 詠春券.
And I could be writing posts not just on Buddhism. If you look at the early pages of this blog, way back some 8 years ago (yes, this is one of the oldest, still functioning blogs by an American Buddhist of European descent) it had many political pages. I don't write many political blog posts anymore, on this blog, and when I do, it might appear on Daily Kos instead of here. (I've been meaning to do a post over there on Russia Today; remind me to do so. The post would be about how come the English language version can talk about problems in the US, and how come they don't talk the same way about problems in Russia, and how propaganda is propaganda is propaganda. But, despite its propaganda issues, RT is a guilty pleasure, unlike the BBC or Fox News or CCTV-9.)
The thing is, there's much I could write about but various things prevent me from doing so. For example, much of my current work is practice more and more, but much of it I am not at liberty to do so because of commitments to my employer. It's because of those commitments that I feel a bit frustrated at times, because I can't tell folks how Buddhism in the marketplace is really like and practiced. Maybe when I retire I can write a book about it.
But I for one, for now, plan to continue writing on this blog; I think there are important things that should be said, and it seems as long as no one else is doing it, and as long as I can do so without treading on other commitments I've made, I might as well be the guy. I wouldn't deign to call the perspective I've acquired some kind of "wisdom," because I had to wade through quite a lot of my own stupidity to get where I am now. A grandfather of mine was reputed to have said, "You'd have to sit three days up a donkey's ass to know what I know," or something like that. It wasn't quite a boast, but an admission of the kind Zimmerman sang:
An' here I sit so patiently
Waiting to find out what price
You have to pay to get out of
Going through all these things twice.