I guess tonight might be the blogging equivalent of clearing off my desk.
I have not written as regularly as I would like over the last couple of months for a variety of reasons, this week however, it was not for lack of ideas. Before the time gets away, I want to comment on a couple of things and then make a request.
First, John Hughes died this week. He was the director of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Uncle Buck, Wierd Science, Sixteen Candles, and The Breakfast Club, to name a few. As a youth minister in the 80’s, I leaned into his movies to help me understand the kids in my youth group. And, for that matter, to learn a bit about myself as well. He was not the greatest director ever, yet he made movies that mattered to me and that I still watch and quote extensively.
And I would still love to know the punch line to the joke Judd Nelson was telling when he fell through the roof.
Here is a tribute montage someone else put together that is worth passing along.
Second, and leading into third, we went to see Julie and Julia last night, which is a story about blogging as much as it is about cooking and finding out what matters most.
One of the things I found in the movie was a push to figure out why I am writing these days. What I mean by that is I know why I write (because I am a writer), and I want to do more with this blog than ramble this way and that. So, the “third” in this litany is a request. I am thinking about taking on some themes — a week, or perhaps longer for each — and writing in a particular vein for that time to see what sort of shape my writing might take beyond my fairly regular posts, and to see what I can learn and how I can grow. Though I know the days of regular commenting on blogs has passed, I am asking for suggestions of themes or ideas you think might be worth me tackling. And we will see where it goes.
Thanks for reading.
P. S. — Speaking of Julia Child, I couldn’t close without posting this favorite Saturday Night Live clip.