16 August 2017

A New Direction & Some Personal Notes


This has been a long time coming. Some personal updates that relate to this blog and my writing career . . .

This past year has been full of challenges for my family and me. These challenges, along with a number of other things, have led me to the conclusion that I need to refocus in regards to my writing and research.

3 years ago, my wife was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis. This is a life threatening, debilitating disease that, in most cases, is terminal. Even so, she has managed very well and even continued to work until this past February. However, her health has deteriorated and I've debated for some time about the energy and time it takes to post and maintain a blog like this one. Other things need to take priority in my life with just one of them being the health and care of my wife. Yesterday, she began taking a very strong  medication which may or may not stop the progression of the disease. A lung transplant is a real possibility if the disease continues to worsen. In addition, I have 2 daughters with some serious health concerns. Again, I need to refocus. Spending the last week away on vacation with my wife and some of my children and grandchildren, along with the evil and tragedy that occurred in Charlottesville, has prompted me to reflect and take inventory. I found myself wanting in some areas and I intend to correct that.

In addition to this situation this blog, rather than complimenting my primary writing efforts, has actually become a distraction and a hindrance. I've attempted to refocus on other occasions, but have failed. So, going forward, I'm going to step back for a while and put more effort into writing for other publications and websites and try to make some headway on my next book. This blog will go to the back burner for at least the near future.

I've archived all previous posts and will slowly work my way through the ones I want to bring back and move over to a new website and blog. This will take some time. I will post a notice here once that new website is up and running.

The rancor and contention that has taken over much of historical discussion and debate has become very taxing. It sucks the creative energy from me as a writer and I'm as much to blame as anyone for allowing that to happen to me, so I'll throw no stones.


The new site and blog will have a totally different feel and look and a different focus, with a primary focus on Virginia  history as well as relic hunting and historical preservation. 

Stay tuned.

20 comments:

Jubilo said...

Dear Old Dom.,

Good luck sir ! I've enjoyed your writings here and your love of history and heritage and fighting the good fight.

Arlee Bird said...

I hear you clearly. I'm finding this as I've been reflecting on the country and my own state of mind. Over the past couple years I've also cut back considerably on blogging though I'll still hanging in there somewhat. I've been seeing similar sentiments across the world of blogging as well as just seeing blogs I'd formerly visited just disappearing.

I think there is a very toxic spirit pervading the world and, sadly, our nation. Expressing opinions online can lead to being shunned or attacked--I didn't find that to the extent that it is now when I first started my blog in 2009. Ugliness did exist, but now it exists with a seemingly far greater vehemence.

Sorry to hear of your family health concerns. I pray for healing and comfort. Best wishes in your next moves and may God bless you richly.

Thank you for some excellent posts that have been of interest as well as provoking thought for me.

Arlee Bird
Tossing It Out

jessie sanford said...

Richard
I am very sorry to hear of your troubles and I will be praying for your wife and daughters for Gods healing hand.
You will be missed but family comes first and foremost
God Bless
Jessie Sanford
Mississippi.

Timothy Huckaby said...

I'm sorry to hear about your family's health issues. I will be praying for you and your family. I completely understand the need to regroup sometimes. I have a disabled son and sometimes life just gets to be overwhelming.

Best Wishes,

Tim Huckaby

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Arlee, Jesse, Timothy:

Thank you all very much. I could say much more, and I probably will at some point. Let me add this. I believe the 24/7 news cycle, the constant barrage from all forms of social media, the streaming podcasts, etc, etc, combined with the current political divide is unhealthy. It seems to be impacting everything. Yes, debate and discussion is good in a representative government such as our. But there really is such a thing as "too much of a good thing." Collectively, we are suffering from overload.

I'll be back at some point, but I hope a bit more mellow and wiser.

Best
R

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Thanks to you too David. I appreciate your support.

Ernest D'Agrosa Jr. said...

Old Virginia,

I am sorry to hear of your family's condition. Family always comes first in my book.

I agree with you, the 24/7 news cycle and social media has rendered people unable to have civil discussion and have any semblance of a meeting of the minds. I have been known to retreat into solitude, what I call my little hobbit hole from time to time to regroup myself. The political climate right now is very frustrating and is taking its toll on everyone.

I wanted to say in closing, I have always appreciated your writings and insight. I look forward to whatever new form the Blog takes whenever that is.

-Ernest

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Thanks Ernest. Stay in touch. I think you'll like the new approach and focus - when it comes. One thing I have learned regarding debates with family members, associates and friends - whether online or otherwise - hardened positions are rarely (if ever) changed by the type of dialogue we're seeing these days. It's mostly just a point scoring tally. Also, the opportunity for new friendships (and learning from those who hold a different view) are lost because of the rancor. Yes, my personal hobbit hole is where I'll be for a while, nurturing my wife and my own soul.

Pam in Virginia said...

The best of luck to you, Mr. Williams, and God bless you and your family. I certainly have enjoyed this blog.

Pam

Fred said...

Richard,

I'm sorry to hear about your wife's condition. I'll say a prayer for you both. Please keep up the writing. I have enjoyed the insights since the first time I wandered over to your blog.

Fred

Brian Lee said...

Richard,

Real sorry to hear about your family troubles. Wishing you all the best.

Michael Aubrecht said...

I understand completely. I will miss your insights but hope and pray for your wife's health and your new directioon.

- Miochael Aubrecht

David Oslin said...

Certainly understand what life changes can mean. Praying for you and your wife and expecting to see more good things coming from you at the right time.

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Pam, Fred, Brian, Michael and David: Thank you all very much for the kind words. I'll be back at some point.

Eric Paulsen said...

Mr. Williams:

I am sorry to hear of your family trials, but am heartened by your priorities and faith.

For years I have wanted to further explore General Jackson's faith and ministry to the black community and this evening decided to find a good book to read on the subject. Of course I came across your writings and will be making a purchase on-line this evening. Curious to see what on-line writings I could find I found this block and to my dismay I found you decided to back off on blogging as of yesterday. But as I said above, it encourages me as to your character and priorities.

Our Lord's word to us through James (below) is my prayer for you and your family.

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. - James 1: 2-4

Eric

BorderRuffian said...

Divine healing and health for all...

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Thanks BR. Thanks Eric. I'll probably post something next week, if I complete another project that's been on hold for a while. I'll also begin, at some point, reloading some of my older posts as I weed through them, keeping the more in depth, better posts and deleting the others.

Thanks again to everyone for your kind words and prayers.

Jeffrey Mathews said...

I can think of no more worthy sentiment concerning your decision than that of General Lee at the passing of Jackson: "I feel as if I have lost my strong right hand."

Your blog was a true blessing to me when I came across it these many years ago. Your thoughts and your words and your sentiments a most welcome afternoon breeze of cool and refreshing air.

I think I speak for so many of our countrymen that at this time, to loose the voice of a very good and true man is a terrible blow.

I trust that the One True and Ever Living God will send his angels and ministers of grace to assist you and those you love and care for in every thing that is of this world. We are merely passing through on our way to the world of the Life Everlasting where all things will be made new again.

I end as I began: By saying once again how very, truly grateful I have been over the years at your words and by your examples. It is a debt that I can never begin to repay.

May God Bless and Keep you and all your loved ones always.

Jeffrey Mathews

New Orleans, Lousiana

Jim said...

Mr. Williams,

Thank you for your work. Your perspectives and sharing of history and wisdom are much appreciated. I will miss your postings to your blog. I am sorry to learn of the health issues of your wife and daughters. I will be praying for you and your family.

I think it is truly a shame that people revise history to fit their own agenda and to support their own beliefs. I found your blog and commentary on both history and current times to be refreshing and authentic.

Very best wishes,

Jim Spear

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Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Thank you Jim. I appreciate your kind words.