He slept beneath the moon
He basked beneath the sun;
He lived a life of going-to-do,
And died with nothing done.
– James Albery
In what my children call the olden days, teachers would regularly use these three little words in school reports to describe the performance of their students. I know they were used to summarise my achievements on several occasions. Oh, the burden of unrealised potential.
These days, teachers can’t get away with this kind of glib dispatch. Now, reports must be a lot more detailed and show that the writer is not only familiar with their pupil but also knows the level they are working at and the steps needed to reach the next rung.
But these words can still be accurately applied to me. And especially in relation to this web site. After showing so much promise in its early days, the site has fallen silent for far too long and it’s all my fault. I could do better.
And I will do better and this blog is the place where that happens.
The idea is to write every week or so about a range of MS related issues – living with the disease, living with disability, living with other people’s views on disability, the politics of MS, new drugs and some of the other peculiar beasts that roam about in my head.
Beyond this, I’ll try to get the rest of the site back into shape. The news won’t come back in quite the way it was – the amount of effort involved precludes that. In fact, it was the sheer volume of work involved in collecting the news that so exhausted me and brought about this long hiatus. Nevertheless, I will try to summarise the major MS news stories – those that make the National Press – but I won’t go hunting about in local newspapers for smaller, more personal stories. Heart-warming is too back-breaking.
And yes, because it’s a blog, you the reader will have the opportunity to make your thoughts known provided you do it in a way that doesn’t cause offence to other readers. Disagree with me all you want but don’t call me names. Write on.
All that remains is for me to get the software working – so I’m off to bury my head in the workings of WordPress. If you’re reading this, it means I succeeded – if not, you won’t even know I tried.