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Boiling Frogs Year Two-A Personal Note

worldNext week I’ll be leaving for a business related trip, followed by relocation related travel where I’ll be checking housing, schooling for my daughter, work,  among tons of other ‘life related’ details in a new hometown, and finalized by a short but straight family-time trip. I’ll be gone until the end of March, but I’ll post notes and updates whenever I can. Interestingly, the timing of my upcoming month-long journey happens to coincide with the anniversary of my departure the year before. Has it really been a year? Already? People say time flies, and they are right.

It’s been slightly over a year since we launched this website. It will soon be one year since I added part-time work to my full-time motherhood while trying very hard to keep this website alive and kicking. This is how I feel when I look at what we’ve covered here at Boiling Frogs during this give or take one year:

First, I see so many crucial subjects and cases that ‘could have’ been covered, many guests who ‘might have’ been interviewed, and tons of developments absent from the mainstream media that ‘should have’ at least been mentioned.

Next, I realize how much we have actually covered here despite having meager resources, how much time I’ve been able to squeeze out despite juggling domestic and work-related loads, and how much team-work we’ve been able to pull together and present here thanks to Peter B. Collins, Paul Jamiol, and our contributing authors.

And finally, I am reminded of my main objectives in creating this site, this forum, in the first place, how far we’ve come, and how far we’ve got to go. I say ‘we’ because this is truly a collective effort. It is the time and resources it takes for me to research, write, interview, and publish. It is the time and resources it takes for Peter B Collins to co-produce and co-host our podcast series. Same goes for our great editorial cartoonist Paul Jamiol and our contributing authors. And equally important are the efforts and support by our  active readers, our irate minority members, who have been supporting this site with their contributions, participation, and valuable communications, whether providing us with a heads up on important but glossed over developments, or  research, or helping with dissemination of our publication.

I must confess, for me, a novice publisher, there have been times when I’ve found it very easy to get discouraged, let myself be taken over by pessimism of the realities on the ground, to think of throwing in the towel, and just giving up. I am sure every single one of you goes through those moments; when it seems and feels like you are blowing in the wind…more like, blowing in the hurricane! On the other hand, for every single one of those moments I have many others where I find encouragement, flickering hope but nonetheless hope, through our speedily expanding membership, your support and feedback, or even a nasty response from the ‘other side’ acting as a testament to our success-however major or minor.

It’s been exactly one year since we had our first (and only) fundraising countdown for BFP. Last year your contributions and support allowed us to publish our analyses, articles, news round ups and interviews on a limited basis. This year, during the next four weeks, you again will determine how far this website will go and how much it will cover. I am thankful for all the support you’ve been providing me and Boiling Frogs Post, and I am counting on all of you to help us keep this site alive and kicking.

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  1. Well, travel DOES broaden the horizons. Strangely enough, after 7 years and a few days in New Mexico. I’m moving to Nevada to start my new job making telecommunications networks sing. So have fun and I’ll be contacting you once I get some modicum of permanent housing set up in Vegas and as my move progresses. I’ll shoot a donation in off my first paycheck. So, as you fly off to your destination, I offer this little factoid my Dad and Grandad told me before I went to sea the first time:

    “Just remember Son, no matter WHERE you are at sea, you’re NEVER more than Seven miles from land…STRAIGHT DOWN.”

    Since most planes fly at 35,000 feet altitude, just double that figure for FOURTEEN miles. Seven miles to the water and THEN Seven miles to the land.

  2. ZicaTanka says:

    And as my mom says, “Wherever you go, there you are!”

    And my dad used to say, “I’m here because I’m not all there!”

    Good luck!

  3. Sibel – you DO make a difference. Remember: you can blow out a candle, but you can’t blow out a fire. Once the flames begin to grow, the wind just blows it higher. You are creating a fire!
    Dennis

  4. dutchbradt says:

    Sibel,

    Thank you for all your efforts! This site is an island of sanity.

  5. Sibel,

    Thank you for your contributions to sanity and justice. You are a rare bird.

    Jeffrey S

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