Why a blog?
I think in all mankind, there is an inner need for lifelong outlets – and only then do we find satisfaction. For some, it is their work – and they immerse themselves in it until death. For others, their childhood play never ceases, and they live a full life of adult play (their work is only a resource to buy their playtime). I believe the majority of humankind fall into either of these categories, and as a result, are fortunate – for their inner and outer selves are in sync. I am not so fortunate, because I fall into neither.
I spent my work life in health-care administration – and while it was interesting and satisfying, I was always happiest when weekends came. I doubt my peers would have dubbed me a workaholic. However, I didn’t live for playtime either, not because I didn’t have any play interests, but because I always had too many. I realized early on that my myriad interests were far too many, and my attention span far too short, to pursue any interests in depth – I knew I would spend my entire life knowing a tiny bit about many things.
I thought perhaps retirement would change some of this. My thoughts would wander over the prospect of halcyon days where I would finally have soooo much time, that finally I’d be able immerse myself in those many interests to my heart’s delight! Nope. What it did do was to allow me to delve into many new interests, and to learn more bits and pieces to add to my generalist knowledge bank – and to recognize that I am just not one of those people who have the ability to develop an avocational expertise in any of my many interests.
One of the many things I have engaged in since my retirement is web writing. I have learned that there are many kinds of web writing, and I tried my hand at a few. I did some “how-to” articles for a few sites, but I tired of the restrictive nature of the format which they force on their contributors. I even found myself being rejected by Suite 101- they told me I had to write my food articles in a “journalistic, 3rd person style”, and I replied that I could not do that, since cooking for me was a very personalized endeavor and needed a personalized writing style as well. They accused me of using a “blogging” style, and I thought, If that’s so, then perhaps I need to start blogging. And so, …
What do I think I’ll find by blogging? Mostly, I seek outlets for my many interests. If I can share my thoughts with like-minded souls, and add new pieces as I go, I’ll be feeding my inner self and adding to my experience and knowledge bank. What better use of one’s retirement? But most of all, I hope for the satisfaction of good discussion and good sharing. Maybe then, drfugawe will find himself.
Drfugawe resides in Coquille, Oregon, in the southwest coastal corner of the state – where summers are fantastic and winters depressing; either is occasionally worthy of discussion. Come, join the doctor …
John: Thanks for visiting MuirFood (www.muirfood.wordpress.com) . I enjoyed your comments. So, I thought I would hop on over and take a look at The Lost World of Drfugawe. Nice blog. I like it.
I really liked the biscuit post. Well done. I am going to try it word for word.
I am a graduate mechanical engineer who is drawn to baking because it is so exacting — like a chemistry experiment. I guess you’d say I like baking better than cooking; of course I cook, too.
I weigh all dry ingredients for baking on a digital scale and use a beaker to measure the wet stuff.
And I use my office mates (I work at an advertising agency that seems to create its best stuff with well filled stomachs) as my testers of new recipes. They seem to love the taste of anything homemade. Or is it that I’m a VP and they are just sucking up? I wonder?
Anyway, I digress.
Good blog. I will be back.
Thanks for your kind words, Bill – I too seem to be more fascinated with baking than cooking – don’t know why, but it has nothing to do with baking’s more scientific foundation. I too have learned to weigh my baking ingredients. But I do like the more “artistic” element of cooking, and of course I consider myself an artist when it comes to cooking – I don’t mean that as in “fine art”, but rather fun art. I just don’t get hung up needing detailed instructions while I’m having my kitchen fun.
I enjoyed visiting your blog, and will be checking back in occasionally – we’ll talk again, I hope.
Just discovered your blog! I have the feeling I’ll be a regular visitor. I love your philosophy of life and having many many interests is something I share with you. I’m also retired (albeit not completely) and I also found out that the days were not any longer because you don’t have to go to work. In other words, there is so little time and so much to see, do, explore, discover, enjoy. Vive le retirement, as we (don’t) say in French!
Forgot to say I totally love the picture you have in your banner… I am a photo fan too!
Thanks for commenting – I too love that banner photo – it is the default banner for this blog format, and the reason why I picked it – I do spend a lot of time in the woods, and the misty overcast is a characteristic of the Oregon forest I have come to love – outright rain is not!
Be talking with ‘ya.
drfugawe, just found your blog though I recognize your name from several other blogs, TFL. Your thoughts and musings are very interesting and make me wonder why I started blogging. Since I read an article in “Wired” called “Know Thyself”, a new tool to self tracking could also be considered blogging. To blog is to keep track of ourselves and our numbers. I’m keeping your site under a bookmark. Thank you.
Ah, a fellow breadie – oh, how I know the dilemma of a bread filled freezer!
I’ve got your blog in my Reader. (how does one comment on your blog?)
There, I’ve set a new setting that allows comments. I am so new to this blogging. Besides my freezer, my numbers abound.
What is “fugawe?”
Ah judith – another innocent. But since I don’t know you -yet- I must be discrete. How about just a clue or two? Fugawe dates way, way back to a native Indian tribe in the area which is today, Brooklyn, NY. I first heard of the Fugawe Indians in the form of a joke, which was popular in the sixties.
I’m afraid that’s all I can tell you now – but if you really want to find the answer, those clues will set you on the way.
Thank you, judith, for finding your way to my modest blog, and for sharing with us.
Thanks for your recent comments on my ciabatta. That was my first effort at that bread and it turned out well. I’ll soon find out if it also freezes well, as the first loaf is gone, and I want more.
I appreciate your comments on your Welcome page—about having many interest and a short attention span. My first wife called me a dabbler, mostly because I would get into a hobby, and spend a fair amount of money, and then move on to the next hobby.
But now, in retirement, I have really returned to baking bread, and I find the many, and varied blogs fascinating. Wild Yeast is great, and Susan is amazing.
Thanks again for your comments.
Thanks for the chanerelle cleaning tips in the How To site. Have you ever tried sauteeing the ‘shrooms in butter and freezing? It works for me and seems to preserve the flavor better than drying.
ps Heard the “indian” tribe joke but thot they were the yuppers from Michigan. You learn something everyday…
Nothing at all wrong with sauteing chanterelles in butter for freezing – but last year I discovered a new way of doing them that’s super – read about it here, https://drfugawe.wordpress.com/2009/11/03/mushroom-mania/
It really is quite delicious. When do you start seeing them in your area? Ours generally don’t show until rains come back in Oct – but sometimes the rain starts in Aug/Sep, and they’re early.
Thanks for stopping by Mike.
You sound so much the way I feel. I took my work too seriously though, and am much relieved now to not feel the pressure of trying to get everything right. I have many interests and a short attention span as well. As I’ve aged, I find that my memory has gotten worse as well. I think blogging helps with keeping my mind active. I will be checking in on you from time-to-time. I’m trying to learn how to really cook now. Not so much reliance on dinner from a box or can now that things have slowed down. I’m collecting some of my own favorite recipes. Look forward to reading more from you.
Thanks for stopping by and commenting – I’ve visited your blog, and enjoyed much my visit (I especially enjoyed your time with the neighbor boy – pure ‘teacher’ there.). I’ve added your blog to my bookmarks to read regularly.
I’ve always loved food, and eating too, so when I retired, I started collecting cookbooks -for inspiration- and to discover as much of the foods of the world as I could with my remaining time. And I love very much the ability to get up each morning and then decide my agenda for the day – pure freedom!
We’ll talk more,
p.s. I like your ‘political’ comments too – don’t stop.
Hi again, Doc! Would you please email me at email@example.com so that I have your email address? I would like to send you a message with questions about Oregon (where I’ll be going very soon). Thank you!
I love your blog; so good to see another Oregon writer and one who has a vivid voice and love of Hungarian food, too!
Whoa! You are too kind – I’ve quietly admired your blog for some time now, and appreciate much of the ‘local based’ subjects you address – but you’re right, there are too few of us who are willing to do food blogging here in Oregon. I’ll try to stay connected better.
Thanks for stopping by.
Just found you, added you to my favorites list. I am in South Texas, would love to live where you are, visited it once in June, was so beautiful.