This blog is not about my father, but it is dedicated to his memory — Ron Baggs, 1941-2014.  Despite problems we had sometimes, he was one of my true heroes and role models, and even the way he handled his own death leaves me an example to try to live up to.  And I love him, and like all of his kids, I’m in one way or another what he called a “chip off the ol’ blockhead”.  So I guess since I’m dedicating this to his memory, here’s a couple of my favorite pictures of us together:

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Here’s an earlier one:

Ron Mel baby in city400x618

Anyway, cussin’ and discussin’ was one of a number of his favorite expressions, like fine as frog fur.  But although the blog is dedicated to him, and gets its title from him, it’s not really specifically about him in its content.  I hope he’d have been proud of it, though.

So, my name’s Mel.  This blog doesn’t have a specific topic.  At leas, it hasn’t got one yet.  It might develop one.  But I don’t want to pin it down before I’ve had a chance to write in it, and see if it takes off and develops a common theme or not.  Some of the posts may be things I’ve written elsewhere, but some of them may only be written here.  I haven’t decided fully about that, yet, either.

One reason I’ve left this blog so purposely open-ended for now, is that I feel like on my other blogs I got pigeonholed into writing on one or two topics, and even when I tried to write about other things, other people would insist on relating everything I said back to those one or two topics.  This got stifling.  The expectations got stifling.  So even when posts overlap about those topics — which might or might not happen — that is not a sign that I only should ever write about one or two things, ever.

So with that incredibly vague description, I don’t have that much else to say.  If your comments don’t appear or take awhile to appear, it’s either because I haven’t got to them, because I don’t want to breach your own privacy (I’m not going to publish your comment if it has contact information in it), because it’s actual spam or just fell into a spam folder somehow, or because there’s actually something wrong with it.  The last is the least likely, but if you’re deliberately nasty, for instance, I’m not going to give you a platform here.

See you around,




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