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[This was my first posting to Marginalia. There is older material on my website, but that started life elsewhere.]

Introducing some friends to one another a few days ago I realised they all had blogs. I think I want to play too. Maybe. Odd thing for an introvert to be doing but we’ll see how it goes.

The title has taken nearly a day’s pondering. I wanted it to be a watery kind of thing because I’m sitting here beside a river, and all these ideas and experiences come whooshing by like flood-water. I was thinking this might be a place where I can catch hold of a few as they sweep past and arrange them a bit. I like the idea of water margins because I write a lot in margins. Eventually I found this, which seemed to do it:

… where a neat rivulet of text shall meander through a meadow of margin.

(It’s Sheridan, which is also nice because he was the MP for Stafford.)

This isn’t my first attempt at blogging, in fact, but it’s my first under my own name — which of course makes it much harder because I do mind what people think.

Well… we’ll see how it goes.


This is really interesting stuff. sarah, I have known you for your years and did not realise that you write so well. I think you are too modest though and should tell us about your community engagement.