Time for a new beginning

The Bethlehem Gadfly is closed.
Though the real estate is paid for and will remain open
for the rest of the year

“It is remarkable how easily and insensibly we fall into a particular route, and make a beaten track for ourselves,” says Thoreau leaving the exquisitely beautiful Walden Pond. Even that wonderful experience had lost some of its excitement.

I leave The Gadfly 3200 posts strong and with more followers that I could have ever expected or imagined.

I leave like Frost’s woodchopper who simply packed up and left his wood-pile — “his handiwork on which he spent himself” — “a cord of maple, cut and split / And piled—and measured, four by four by eight” — because he was “someone who lived in turning to fresh tasks.”

Gadfly is a man who lives in turning to fresh tasks.

“I begin, therefore I am” has always been his motto.

Time for a new beginning.

Wednesday, May 19, 2021, high noon, age 81.

8 thoughts on “Time for a new beginning

  1. Thank you so much. Enjoy the next chapter of your journey.

  2. No words adequately express the impact of Gadfly on Bethlehem. There is no source available like yours in local reporting. You leave a sizable crater in your departure! Your blog has been incredible — a balance of detail, thoughtfulness, timeliness, and often humorous, but most of all, journalism in the truest sense. I am sure I speak for many when I say…you will be missed terribly! I hope your ” fresh tasks” prove even more fruitful and rewarding to you as you embark on your well-earned, new beginning. Blessings! <3

  3. Ahh… Gadfly. How you will be missed by all of us. I asked you once what your exit post would be. You said ” I am a quiet man, will see”. I thought ” quiet man” . Did he say ” quiet man”?You have to be joking! 3200 hundred posts would be considered loud! Real loud! Then I read your noon post and knew what you meant. The choice of Robert frost an H. D. Thoreau is a wonderful way to explain to your followers, I am taking my leave. So… All of you.. ” Quiet man” Gadfly and Dad..Lets get the flowers in your garden started shall we? Thanks for a great ride. Gadfly son number 4

  4. I have to admit I didn’t think you would ‘really’ take your leave (denial on my part?). A big hole in our lives – and yours! I envisioned you would transition out, with an heir apparent to mentor, to hand off the reins when the time was right for both. I am sorry no one has stepped up, and sorry too that it could not be me – although who can fill your shoes? Enjoy your next adventure, knowing you have touched many, many more lives in this latest one. Hope our paths cross soon, and be well!

  5. Tears are in my eyes for I will miss you and your posts. Thank you for your dedication to informing your followers on the workings and happenings in Bethlehem and beyond. I learned much and appreciate all the time and energy you put into this worthy project.

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