My series of posts at any one site, posts in addition to my website, are just one of the many parts of my internet tapestry, my immense jig-saw puzzle, of prose and poetry which I refer to above. Sometimes the series of posts at some site becomes lengthy and sometimes it remains brief. Like pieces of cloth or pieces of that jig-saw puzzle, the size, the shape and the length remain a bit of a mystery until some of my story, my comments on various topics, and my interaction with others unfolds, until time takes its course across life’s path and across the threads that are part of the particular internet site in question.
My website in 2001 had 42 sub-sections of prose and poetry on topics of personal interest, with nothing for sale and with no aggressive proselytism for one or more of the umpteen causes now proliferating across the planet. There were some 450,000 words, the equivalent of six books, which readers could get ‘into’ if they wanted and several thousand did. By 2011 my website had some 50 volumes of my prose, poetry and resources at 80,000 words per volume. With some 300 million websites in cyberspace my site was a dot on the landscape.
This literary creation, this literary industry, has been created in the early evening of my life, in the last years of my middle age(56-59) and the first years of my late adulthood(60-66), by this retired teacher and lecturer, tutor and adult educator, now journalist and independent scholar, who became 67 in July 2011. He attempts to endow many a theme from the social sciences and humanities, from the physical and biological sciences, from popular and academic cultures, from spiritual and secular subjects, with many layers of meaning. He tries to combine a high seriousness with a light and humorous style when appropriate and when he is able—for there is more to life than interaction in cyberspace. This literary goal, though, is difficult to achieve. It has been a slowly evolving literary ambition since: (a) settling into Australian society in the 1970s after moving from Canada where I was born in 1944, (b) marrying for a second time in 1975 and © raising three children who in 2011 were: 45, 41 and 34 years old.
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