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An Open Letter to WordPress Readers



As we wrap up the year 2016 and brace ourselves for the New Year 2017, I am taking advantage of this forum to write to you. There are several reasons I am doing this. Mainly it is to thank you for following my blog – Fa the name of the Green Dragon and to thank you also for the contributions you have made. I am amazed by the diverse topics which are posted. Speaking of myself I should clarify that I possess the soul of an adventurer but it’s trapped in the body of a clerk. You can well imagine therefore how much I have enjoyed your various adventures which you have written about and upon which I have commented from time to time.

I have especially enjoyed, without being nosey or the intent of an electronic stalker, the personal glimpses you have shared with me about your lives.

I have especially enjoyed pictures of extraordinary street art taken around London and my home town of Bristol in the U.K. I have enjoyed great nature photography from Dorset and Staffordshire, remarkable pictures and cultural glimpses into India, art from Sweden and excellent water colour art from Germany. Having made many house moves myself over the years I have been in silent empathy for those of you who moved this year. I know how stressful it can be.

I have been fortunate to have already visited many countries and to have lived in a few of them for an extended period of time. So it’s really good fun read postings from Germany, Sweden, New Zealand, China and SE Asia.

I don’t claim to be a great blogger, but my hope is to get better in 2017. This by the way is not a resolution only a tacit idea that my subconscious can chew on as I go about my day. 

A word though about 2017. Of course we don’t know what the future will bring but, for those of us who reside in the United States, I have a feeling we are in for a bumpy ride. I have no faith or confidence is the person who is about to be inaugurated on January 20th as its president. His open disdain for tradition, protocol and simple decent behavior are bothersome to say the least. But enough said except perhaps to say let’s wait and see. We can rest assured he will not fall flat on his face; his growing nose will prevent that from happening.

So now the wish: wishes are a chance to express hope and I hope that 2017 is healthy, happy and prosperous not only for you but for your families and extended families. 2017 has got to become a year of great outcomes for us all. Nigel


Author: Cethru Cellophane

I have reached the regrettable realization that I may have squandered my life. I did a quick count recently and figured that I have visited about 66 countries, and lived for more than 3 years in 3 of them. During this time I completed 14 corporate moves (relocations) and have changed my address more than 23 times. I should have settled on a profession that would have kept me in one place with no packing and unpacking. When I think of the time I have spent bundling my life into and out of boxes. Ah well, it's all water under the bridge. But I am grateful for the experience. At the end of the day I will be able to say with a certain authority, "been there, done that". A note about this site’s Header Image The Header image for this site is of the Smith Avenue High Bridge. The bridge was built in 1889 and carries Minnesota State Highway 149 across its span of 2770 feet, 160 feet above the mighty Mississippi River. The picture was taken from the river looking to the north-east and downtown Saint Paul. The bridge is about 1040 miles from New Orleans. One of the reasons I like this view is that I come from a city which has a spectacular bridge. It’s the Clifton Suspension Bridge http://www.ikbrunel.org.uk/clifton-suspension-bridge which spans the Avon Gorge and the River Avon in Bristol, U.K. It’s about 1350 feet long and stands 245 feet above the river below. Sadly it has claimed the lives of more than 400 people who have committed suicide by jumping from the bridge. As a side note, not all attempts were successful. two small girls thrown off the bridge by their deranged father survived the fall when they were fished from the river by the crew of a passing pilot boat. The bridge was opened in 1864 and was designed by the 24 year old architect, Isambard Kingdom brunel. It took 35 years to complete.

4 thoughts on “An Open Letter to WordPress Readers

  1. Thanks for your good letter. I appreciate your sharing fears and hopes for 2017 when there will most certainly be great change in the US and possibly unexpected goodness.


    • In truth I believe the man in the Red Hat might just pleasantly surprise us. Hope 2017 will be a great year for you and family.


  2. Thank you Nigel. Stumbling across your blog has been one of the great pleasures of 2016. Your poetry is fun and your essays fantastic to read. I enjoy your knowledge of the world, and your fish posts. I look forward to your offerings next year. On the Trump front, I feel similarly about Brexit. I can only hope for a more united country in 2017, but I am not confident. Stephen

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    • Thank you for your comment. Likewise. I have said it before but I am amazed at the street art pictures. you post. In truth, I am looking forward to 2017 and the blogs I follow. Best wishes to you and kin for 2017.Nigel

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