May 5, as nearly as I can figure it, was the 11th birthday of this blog called "Lucas Countyan." In blog years, that's a long time. I forgot all about it. But then I forget my birthday some years, too.
It started because I like to write --- mostly about history, sometimes about nature, occasionally about what we call "social" issues and a whole bunch of other stuff. In previous lives, I worked mostly as an editor. That limits opportunities to write.
Initially, posts were sporadic. Eventually, I started writing daily --- come what may. That's a form of self-discipline; nothing more.
The daily process generally starts between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m., depending upon when I rise; the goal is to post by 7 a.m. But if the topic is complicated, hours of research, photography, scanning, processing, etc., at other times are involved, too. Yes, I generally know what I'm going to write about when I begin although some of my favorite posts developed because I didn't.
Ask me what I do, as some do now and then, and I'll never say "retired." I write, thank you very much; with a time-consuming sideline as volunteer do-gooder.
I especially enjoy writing about outsiders, the obscure and the forgotten.
Religion is an interest, but not because I'm an orthodox believer in any sense of those words. The current obsession of the Christian right --- demonizing a tiny transgender minority --- fascinates me; one of these days, I'll write about it.
Not that interested in politics; always vote Democrat. But who could not be intrigued by the rise of a functionally amoral character like Donald Trump, an archetypical messianic strong man? Been a while since we've seen one of those up close and personal. Another topic.
But for the most part, I expect to continue focusing on history. As the good book says (Ecclesiastes 1:9): "The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun."