According to statistics provided by WordPress, over 409 million people view more than 21.2 billion pages of blogs each month. In 2013 there were over 150 million blogs. So these statistics beg the question; with an astronomically low possibility of someone reaching your blog, someone somehow does so. That is pure magic. What’s also amazes is that people from all over the world reach our blogs.
In my case, in less than a year I’ve had visitors getting to my blogs from the US and Canada; which would be expected given that I live in North America. What is astonishing is that I’ve also had visitors from 34 other countries, some of which I erroneously assumed would not be blog friendly.
All this came about without me doing any type of publicity for either raisethesparks or its sister blog wisdomfromtherooms. So I’m really curious to find out how you ended up getting to this particular post. I’ve entitled this post logbook. Take a moment and let me know in the comments section what your process was to arrive at this point in time onto this page. Once you’ve done so, I’ll come and visit your blog as well.


Rite Of Passage

The following short piece recently appeared on the blog known as “The Drabble”. I highly recommend this site because it provides an opportunity  for writers to gain exposure for their work.

Rite of Passage

By Moshe Kessler

The group of boys scrambled up the hill. None of them could have been more than ten years old. As they crossed over a section of shale, pebbles broke off and tumbled loudly below. They reached a small clearing surrounded by shrubs and trees. The oldest boy stopped before a large bush; and stooping pulled out a battered coffee can. As the other boys gathered round, he drew out a pack of cigarettes and passed them out. As they lit up and curls of blue grey smoke rose, they suddenly felt much older.

On the Kindness of Things by John Tuite

On the Kindness of Things by John Tuite

I’ve reposted this because I think it is a truly profound piece of work


Kindness Blog

“Treat objects as if they had nervous systems.” Bruce Fertman.

the kindness of thingsThere’s an old porcelain telephone on the stage. It’s only there because in the second act it is written that a character answers the phone to hear news of an arrest. After this single moment the telephone plays no more role, contributes nothing to the on-going drama. It’s forgotten by audience and actors alike. Its existence fades.

We tend to treat most objects like they are minor props in a play. They are only real when, and in so far as, they have use to us and the plot we are enacting. They have no voice of their own, no ‘life’ other than that contained in our script. They are not even background.

If we can give up this idea we realise that the simplest of objects offers us a more interesting possibility. Each has a dual existence, like light…

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