Some Sort of Apology

I am sorry.

Still, I fear making too big a deal of it, cringing at my capacity for insincerity: tired, old excuses for tired, old problems.

But, for anyone who may care to listen, I want to explain. At least a little.

This website has been neglected for a very long time. Entailed here is a host of real problems, technical, personal, now global.

By global, I mean our strange new Covid world, which has thrown up numerous problems, just like it has for so many others.

By technical, I mean the site’s construction, which is outdated and faulty. It is breaking down, problematic, needing repairs beyond my competence. (But a solution should be forthcoming.) Also, the fact my computer blew up a while ago hasn’t helped.

By personal . . . Well, I’d rather not get into that. Suffice it to say, these are challenging times.

As a result, I’ve neglected not only updating this site, but neglected, too, numerous folk kind enough to comment here. I have likewise neglected kind comments at my YouTube channel and also on social media.

I won’t labour this much more. I simply want to say the site is in process of being not only fixed, but relaunched. And I do mean to do better now, slowly addressing old comments here and elsewhere.

And despite the fact the site’s construction remains sometimes tricky to use, I should also be posting a few new pieces at this site soon, including extracts from my new book as well as reviews of other books that have moved me recently.

FINALLY, some time ago, I wrote something on Facebook relevant to all the above. I paste it below, only slightly modified, without further comment.

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From over a year ago on Facebook:

THE CONUNDRUM (Or: Zing! Zing! Zing! – a Personal Anti-Sacrament)

Something like two weeks ago, my entire mode of being, my whole consciousness, it felt, changed.

For one reason: one extremely mundane reason that is now extremely normal to a large part of Western humanity. (Even if it would have been extremely bizarre just twenty years ago!)

The extremely mundane, normal thing in question?

I got involved with Facebook and other social media again.

Zing! Zing! Zing!

High speed communication back, forth, back, forth …

All this, after many weeks of being away from the Internet.

Honestly, I feel like a different – slightly lesser – person now.

But here is the other side: why I have a conundrum.

I have received so much that is kind, warm, helpful, thoughtful.

I have had reflections regarding my work that are very, very helpful for me.

And I see such goodness in so many of you.

Some, I know, are really suited to Facebook interaction, warming many.

But, for myself, I feel as though I lose something of my soul.

I feel duller, stupider. Almost as if for me social media is an anti-Sacrament.

I stress: FOR ME. Not others. Some of you know how to stay sane, intelligent, even brilliant.

The solution for me is to go SLOW with this.

Because I genuinely want to greet old friends and new ones who appreciate my work. (More disingenuously, I also want to promote that work at Facebook – as well as my beloved Kim’s.)

So forgive me, friends, if I am very slow by modern standards that are, for me, manic.

I miss the last millennium …

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“The Gentle Traditionalist returns with a vengeance in this stand-alone sequel … this book skewers the modern malaise with the kind of sanity we have come to expect from this author” — CHARLES A. COULOMBE

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”A brilliant diagnosis of the spiritual malaise of modern society, written with gentleness, generosity, humour, pathos … and, above all else, love”— MAOLSHEACHLANN Ó CEALLAIGH

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