"from the slightest motion of a single wave, ten thousand waves will follow."
Tonight, from the motion of a single ripple cast with the launching of my blog last year, I received my ten thousandth wave in return. 10,000 visitors from 89 countries. That momentous mark was reached by a visitor from Beijing earlier this evening.
This blog has been a safe haven for me to try my creative hand, make a few photos, share a few memories, celebrate the natural world and write a thought or two from the longitudes and latitudes that crisscross my life.
The biggest surprise has been the friends I've made from my travels right here in greater Blogistan - incredible human beings that inspire me beyond words and often into action: Debby Kaspari, Julie Zickefoose, Doug Taron, Jean Warner, Mary Farracci, Caroline Aksoy, Marie Walden, Barry Moses, just to mention just a few - all incredible, kind and wise visionaries who have transcended this virtual world I've created and made the very real one I call home a place of sheer, immense beauty.
Your passion, your creativity and your wise ways inspire an entire nation of readers -- I count myself fortunate to be one of them. I can't thank you enough for having the courage to share your world and for your gentle guidance this past year. Tonight I send you each ten thousand waves of gratitude.
Like my favorite Neruda poem, "tonight I write the saddest lines. The night is shattered and the blue stars shiver in the distance": My waxing sentimental and calling you by name comes largely from having lost a blogger friend this week. I dedicate my 10,000th wave to Nicky Cooper -the much beloved and celebrated author of Cooper's Corridor; the blog world is mourning his untimely and strange demise. He may be gone forever but the idea of Nicky Cooper, what he stood for, should live on in our hearts. In his passing, a valuable lesson has been taught; the only hero we should be searching for is, indeed, the one inside ourselves.
Thank you all for visiting. I look forward to the next ten thousand waves.