Melting Snow…

Melting Snow. (Watercolour)


Another year has gone by.
Thank you to the 231+ followers who have visited this blog, in just over a year since I have been blogging.

I find – that rather than an increased interest in ‘having followers’ my interest in doing so has – decreased 😎. A lose of ambition you might say. (?)

Also I’m afraid ‘Stats’ ’n knowledge about increasing traffic etc. has left me cold. I don’t examine them very often.

And I’m still rather feeble on the technical side of things.

Has the novelty of blogging worn off?

Well no, I still need to communicate with my fellow humans – but I see so much in this world today that is negative.

So I guess I’m a little indifferent to the idea of innumerable followers, there being more important things in life to think about. 😎

More and more does my spiritual life become affirmed as the only way to travel.

‘Riches I need not, nor man’s empty praise…’ – so goes the line from the old hymn: ‘Be Thou My Vision’.

The word empty seems to stand out.

The Ecclesiastes Preacher found this out. All is emptiness of emptiness (vanity).

But if this were the only conclusion to come to – then the exercise of affirming life would disappear.

The Bible is full of life-affirming exhortations – all in the context of loving God of course.

The negativity all around us – can make us negative.
As we struggle to make sense of a ‘World Gone Wrong’.

To enjoy the legitimate things in life is not sinful. However I can’t enjoy them without Christ.

The conscience within man is a powerful ‘apparatus’ – we do well to heed it.


Art it is said is a ‘universal language’ – apart from anything else that this statement would mean, it seems, simply put, to be a language everyone can relate to.

So thank you all, for all the Likes that have accompanied my visual painting posts, – and those under other category ‘hats’ also (see my About).

Not everyone comments – (including myself on other people’s blogs), and that’s fine.

I am like yourselves, in that I cannot agree with everything I read on blogs, but I try to give them a little more than a moments thought – in order to discern if they need more attention. I’m sure you do the same with my writings.

There are different reasons for feeling part of a community. And I suppose the blogging community that has emerged on the internet is still finding it’s way, but being part of something involves common denominators, and they, I hope, have produced some kind of mutual tolerance of each other, and at times even a certain kind of affection, as we listen to the diverse ‘stories’ we tell.

So let’s see what the New Year brings – a speedy recovery to anyone not feeling well, and to all – A Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year.

Your friend
Ken Riddles


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