Have you ever seen the movie How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days?
It's a cute chick flick that has been on television many times
about a journalist (Kate Hudson) who works for a woman's
magazine called Composure. Andie Anderson (Kate) longs to
write serious pieces on topics that interest her like politics and
religion. Her editor reminds her that Composure is geared to
fluffy topics, salacious gossip and How To's. She also tells
Andie that until she develops a following she will have to
write what she is told to write. Andie reluctantly concedes and
agrees to write a fluffy little piece on what not to do to keep
a guy, hoping that after this piece she will be able to write
about the things that really interest her.
I have been writing posts on Ash Tree Cottage for a little over
four years now. I have posted about decorating, tablescapes,
repurposing and repainting furniture. While I enjoy posting
about all of the above, it's not the only side of me. I have
great concerns about our nation's future. I am disturbed by
a new and steadily growing wave of terrorism. I worry
about the potential spread of Ebola. While our border is
unsecured I am concerned that not everyone who crosses it
is just looking for a better place to live, but could be
planning another terror attack like 9/11. I just can't sit back
and not talk about the problems that concern me.
I will still have posts about collecting.
And repainting and repurposing.
But on some days I will want to inject some grit into
this blog. Unlike Andie, I don't have a boss to satisfy. I am
the writer, editor, photographer of Ash Tree Cottage.
As ISIS beheads foreign journalists. While Ebola threatens the
lives of thousands in west African nations and has the
potential to become a pandemic. While our border remains
unsecured. While innocent children are losing their lives
every day on the streets of Chicago. While Putin continues
to flex his muscle in the Ukraine ... I can no longer sit by and
only write about fluffy stuff.
I don't want to learn how to lose a blog in 10 days
so I hope you will stick around while I write about
some of the gritty issues of life from time to time.
It won't happen every time I write a post, just when
the spirit or the news compels me. As much as I
would like to live in a peaceful world I do not,
so I can't just pretend these problems do not exist.
Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley