Finding My Blog-Jo and Politics as Unusual
Laura MacCorkle Laura MacCorkle's Weblog
- 2008 Nov 19
Tap. Tap. Tap. “Is this thing on?”
Yeah, I didn’t think I could sneak back into the blogosphere undetected after being MIA for a few weeks. So here I am. Center stage. Look at me! Tell all your friends.
And I’d just like you all to know that the absence has not been intentional. Pure and simple, I just lost my blog-jo and haven’t had that much inspiration as of late.
Believe me, my life has been plenty full since I last blogged. I can’t divulge everything so personal in such a public forum, but I’ll just say that God has placed a lot on my heart, much more on my mind and even an obstacle or two on my life path. So, one would think that that would be plenty enough to help me find my blog-jo. But it hasn’t.
Until today. I think I’ve got it back. So I’ll attempt to blog something worth reading.
“Blog, girl, blog!” …
So what’s worth sharing? Well, earlier this week, two family members were in close proximity with two political notables. One was me. And the other was my mother.
My own brush with presidential greatness came when I was in the same building as former First Lady Barbara Bush. She was hosting the seventh annual "Celebration of Reading," which is a fundraiser put on by The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy.
I didn’t get to attend the festivities (as I had my own business I was attending to), but I heard that authors including Bill Burke, Ron Hall & Denver Moore, John Grogan, Immaculee Ilibagiza, and Jim Nantz were in attendance. I’m assuming that their latest literary works were celebrated at this event.
While I didn’t run into Babs, I did pass by several Secret Service personnel. Now they didn’t look like Clint Eastwood. Or Dennis Quaid. Or any other hunky actor who’s played a S.S. agent on the big screen. Actually, more pedestrian and nondescript.
Also, I wasn’t able to go up to them and see if they were as stone-faced as the guards in front of Buckingham Palace. Would they have talked to me or cracked a smile had I approached them? Would they have let me take my picture with them? I will always wonder about that. …
Meanwhile back at a luncheon the next day … my mom was able to meet Karl Rove. He was speaking on behalf of The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank in D.C. You might know Karl best as a political contributor and analyst for FOX News. Up until August 2007, he was the Deputy Chief of Staff to President George W. Bush. And he’s also a regular contributor to Newsweek and The Wall Street Journal.
I’m assuming he talked about the state of our nation’s economy, the impact of a new presidency, world affairs, etc. My mom didn’t really elaborate on any of that, but she did say that she got to talk with him afterward and shake his hand.
“He’s much younger looking in person,” she said. That’s good to know. I guess.
What’s even better is that these unusual brushes with all things political and powerful (okay, so mine wasn't really a "brush" since I didn't even see her ... but how many times have you been in the same building as former First Lady Barbara Bush?) have helped me find my blog-jo and will hopefully (hopefully) keep me inspired for the next several weeks to come.
Or even until American Idol starts back up again (Season 8 premieres on January 13, 2009 on FOX!), and Coworker Chad and I recommence our weekly discussions.
Yea. For. You.