There was something from the liner notes of an Archie Shepp album (Live in San Francisco, which by the way is an excellent album) that caught my eye, where Archie says:
"Love is fundamental to art. I can't go to work with hate in my heart. I go to work with love in my heart. But love can express itself in bitterness and rage. That's only an aspect of love."
That I think sums up my own work, whether it's in the classroom, in poetry, my professional writing, or when it comes to blogging. Friends and acquaintances have referred to my poetry as dark - sometimes gloomy, sometimes angry. The same is said about my sense of humor, and again the same could be said about what I do here in my little corner of blogtopia. Know that the anger that can periodically jump out at you has its foundations in love: for my family, my country, my planet, my faith, etc. I sincerely doubt I could create - whether in an off-the-cuff blog remark or something more substantive such as a scientific paper - with hate in my heart. Hate destroys. There's no need to go there. And love in all its forms, is everywhere to be found.
As mentioned earlier, I will be blogging sporadically at best for the rest of the month. I suspect that between traveling, and catching up with friends and family, I will have plenty to see and do. What I may lack in riches is more than made up for by the love shared with the people who have been and who have become part of my life. Those human connections are what keep us going.
Peace and love y'all.