During my absence from blogging, I’ve had time to reflect on my purpose. Several things motivate me now to get back into it.
One, we took a trip, to Montana. I spent 59 years of my life there. Our move to Colorado was not unwelcome, and I do like many aspects of this state. But in my heart, I realized on this trip, I never left my home. We were in Bozeman, and also traveled into Yellowstone country in northwest Wyoming, and Ennis Lake and the beautiful Madison valley. My heart was home again. I felt a sense of belonging in a place. I love Montana.
So I have renamed the blog. It is now “Montana.hwh,” which many might take to mean “Montana highway.” But look closely – “hwh” is for “High, Wide and Handsome,” a tribute to the book published in 1944 by Joseph Kinsey Howard, a real journalist, who wrote about the deeply embedded corruption in the state. On my shelf of family photos, I keep six books that I hold dear, three by George Orwell, one by Marshall McLuhan, one by Dr. Judy Wood, and Montana, High, Wide and Handsome.
Another is a cyber-encounter I had with a man who very much reminds me of me, even as he is far advanced beyond my skills in pursuit of truth. His name is Miles W. Mathis. He is an artist, but more than that, a renaissance man. (His “Updates” section is a treasure trove.) He’s linked over at the side (I’ll be fixing the links in the coming days to include a host of other Montana-related sites). He wrote a piece on Barack Obama back in 2008, and in it he talked about another man I have come to admire, Webster Tarpley. He said
Webster Tarpley has done a lot of research and presented a strong case against Obama, but his style is too dense for most. He hits too many topics too quickly, assumes too much knowledge from his readers—of fairly difficult and unfamiliar subjects—and refuses to try to simplify things. He will say that world politics and economics and history are not tidy subjects: they require years of study and cannot be vaporized down into easy-digested soundbites. True enough. But a fully functioning democracy must be run from the middle—at least to a much larger extent than it has so far—and for that to happen the argument has to be put in terms that the majority can understand. If you make too many references and mention too many names, most people will simply lock down. This is true even of highly intelligent people.
I have had the same experience with the late Mae Brussell as Web Tarpley – they are truly deep and knowledgeable and worth studying. But reading them is like drinking from a fire hose. I have spent far too much time in the past assuming that people will come up to where I live, rather than going down the hill to visit. Consequently, as SK told me years ago, my blog went right over the head of most people. I intend to keep it simple. Stop me when I don’t.
Finally, a certain number of people were in the habit of coming here merely to vent their own angst, leaving links and comments without reading. They know who they are, and they will find their comments blocked. No more. If ever, when I encounter them elsewhere, I see signs of forward movement in their thinking, they will be welcomed back. If that means no comments, then that will be more a treat than what was left here in the past. Either contribute, make hay, enlighten, set me straight, or stay away.
So there you have it: I have to write, love Montana, want to keep it simple, and do not want to deal with the same old same old troglodytes as before.
Off we go.