I'm going to take a break. Well, maybe more than a break. I'm not sure.
I started "swimming" a little over a couple years ago now. It was the beginning of the 2008 presidential race and I was all full of enthusiasm and hope (by the way, I find it really sad that "hope" has now been turned into another word for naivete). There were so many issues to write about and debate - and it was fun and stimulating and enlightening.
But it feels differently to me now. It's become really difficult to write about big important political issues and not despair about the quality of the debate and the honesty of the participants. The issues are high stakes and shouldn't be reduced to just some kind of game where some players are up and some are down.
It's way too easy to become cynical and hard about the whole process, and I'd consider it a failure if "swimming" just turned into some vitriolic rant. I don't want to write it and I wouldn't want to read it.
To the folks that have visited here - thank you. To the ones who've commented and provided feedback and encouragement - I'm indebted.
I may be back.