They say, though I am not sure who, that a Blog is living thing. Really though it is more like those Tamagochi toys that were surprisingly popular in the late 90’s. You can feed it with random posts every day and it may grow or it may stay the same. If you ignore it for too long then you turn it back on and there is nothing but and LCD gravestone on the screen.
The reason for the current lapse in activity is not the normal self-dramatising writer’s block or just plain laziness but a death in the family. As I write this I have my one year old neice on my lap and a funeral poem on the printer. This is a stark reminder of the nature of life. Does not make it any easier however, when someone you love dies.
In the aftermath of a loss people fall back on the familiar, on the comforting and on the routine. Religion is all of those things clearly. However, if you are without faith it does become uncomfortable when asked about Heaven and seeing people “in the next life”. But you square the circle and realise that sometimes it is better to let people talk bullshit than to hurt them. Which, is pretty much why man created religion in the first place