Monday, September 15, 2008

Happy birthday, dear Art

My blog turns four years old later today.

Orange Crate Art began as an extension of my teaching, a place to collect items relevant to coursework and college. It soon became an extension of "me," moving in whatever directions seemed appropriate. My impulse always has been to notice — whether by introspection or looking around or reading — and to gather what might be delightful or useful to a reader.

I'm grateful to everyone who's read any or all of it, and especially grateful for the kindred spirits I've met only through written words (in comments here and in their writing elsewhere). Perhaps we'll meet in non-pixel form, somehow, someday, somewhere.

And I'll say thanks (again) to Rachel, who suggested Orange Crate Art as a name, to Rachel and Ben for showing me that I could learn some HTML, and to Elaine, whose taste is ever discerning. And thanks (again) to Van Dyke Parks, who was generous and enthusiastic about my borrowing his title.

As a young professor-type, my idea of writing was to get on the shelves of libraries, where I would live forever. Writing here, now, brings me much better rewards.

And for Pete's sake, if you read this blog and have never listened to "Orange Crate Art" (the song) and Orange Crate Art (the album), please give them a try:

Van Dyke Parks, Moonlighting: Live at the Ash Grove
Brian Wilson and Van Dyke Parks, Orange Crate Art

Onward!

Previous birthday posts
You say it's your birthday (2005)
Birthday (2006)
Orange Crate Art turns three (2007)

comments: 8

TRH said...

Congrads, and thanks!

--trh

JuliaR said...

Congratulations! People don't know how difficult it can be, especially blogging as regularly as you do.

Stephen said...

Congratulations! Thanks for sharing so many interesting observations and thoughts with us over these years.

Michael Leddy said...

Thanks, everybody!

Your Daughter Rachel said...

http://www.nataliedee.com/070804/internet-dad.jpg

That is all I have to say about that. :)

Michael Leddy said...

Thank you, Rachel!

I laughed so hard that my moustache fell off.

Genevieve said...

Congratulations and best wishes for many more anniversaries!

Michael Leddy said...

Thanks, Genevieve!