A Life of Cloudless Nights

When I was first blogging I got a lot of encouragement from other people who were writing online journals. Actually, “blogs” did not exist yet, people were coding their own web pages, writing online journals or diaries. People like John Bailey and NilkNarf encouraged others to write. It was a very positive environment, for the most part.

There were a few trolls out and about even then. Online, they made snarky comments about other journal writers, criticizing code and design, a spelling mistake, just about anything they could find that could be considered a flaw. (Not to be confused with genuine and helpful feedback that some people offered.) None of the “pot-shot” writers that I knew of lasted very long, their online writing efforts were short lived.

The trolls in real life, people who had face-to-face comments to make, almost all took up the contemptuously delivered, “what makes you think anybody cares about your boring life”. After delivering their message, they found that they no longer had to take any notice of my boring life, they weren’t a part of it anymore. I never felt the slightest inclination to address their angst.

And now, almost 20 years later, yes, my 20th journaling anniversary will be coming up in October, I have no regrets about writing here. I’ve made some very good friends through my writing on Page By Page. Sometimes I write and am not really sure that anyone reads what I write on that particular day. Sometimes I write to keep myself company. Sometimes I write because I am bursting with wonder at my good fortune, to be alive, to live the life I am living; or because I am amazed and delighted how the little things are really the big things, and that I have so many little things that twinkle in my life, like stars on a cloudless night.

But mostly I write because I know that the individual lives of humans, connected, are fragments of a whole; a whole that is greater than the sum of each life lived here on earth, a whole that is greater than any church, or government, or corporation, a theory, a doctrine, or power seeking social entity that ever existed in the times of human existence. My insignificant writing, read or not, is my connection to that greater, multifaceted, ever-changing force that is beyond the hubris of human social engineering of any kind. I’ve had almost twenty lovely years of expression, my earthly garden has thrived.

And I’ve been lucky, because I’ve had the honour of receiving the gifts that others have shared, comments, poetry, prose, music, laughter, books, a smile, a hug, a hat, a transistor radio, picking berries in the wild… and a thousand other hugely small gifts that have lit my way through the years.



Date: 7:00 AM EDT Monday 13 May 2019
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“You can’t love a crowd the same way you can love a person.
And a crowd can’t love you the way a single person can love you.
Intimacy doesn’t scale. Not really. Intimacy is a one-on-one phenomenon.”
Hugh Macleod
1965 –

“Intimacy doesn’t scale”
I love this phrase, it is oh so true. In a world where there is so much emphasis on getting public attention, making a name for oneself, having that 15 minutes of fame in some form or other… none of it feeds the soul, because intimacy doesn’t scale.

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Eileen Barton

Happy Anniversary several months early! Wishing you another 20 and more years of journaling. I have enjoyed your posts and hope to continue to do so for many years, Maggie.


Well said Maggie and so true. You can be certain that I read every one of your posts (though don’t comment often). You are one of the very few authentic bloggers who revel in the delights of the everyday.


I, for one, have loved your blog entries, all your writing and all your ideas. You are one of my (few) heros in this lifetime.


So very well said, Maggie! I’m glad to have been a reader of your journal from the beginning. (I remember John Bailey, I loved his journal.) (Good quote, too!) <3


Maggie, I read every one of your posts and am grateful to do so. John is long gone from the online world and Doug Franklin is gone from the offline one as well. Now that I think of it, many of the early and persistent journal writers have passed on. But you’re still here and I do enjoy your stories. Thanks so much for sharing your life.

Stubblejumpers Cafe

I’ve asked my son to post and let people know if for some reason I can’t blog. I know what it’s like when someone whose blog you’ve been reading just disappears from their webpage. You worry about them and you miss them. I still think about John and Graham, and how many years did you say it’s been since John unplugged his keyboard!

I don’t skip even one of your entries; I see you’ve posted, and I’m here reading. I consider you a dear friend, and if we should ever meet, I’d open my arms and say “Get in here, Maggie!” It would be automatic.

Here’s to another 20 years of mutual support and understanding and appreciation. Thank you for that, as well as sharing your own life’s ups and downs and in-betweens. Congratulations on your staying power!



I read all of your posts here, but don’t always comment. I love the perspective you share on different subjects and just feel happy when I get the notice that there’s a new post from you. I hope you continue to blog for at least 20 more years and that I can continue to read your posts 🙂


Congrats on your almost 20 years of blogging. That’s dedication. I think a lot of people wouldn’t be able to keep up commentary that long, but it sure does help extend a social life, doesn’t it.

I’ve been on the internet for 26 years. I well remember the hardship of coding my own webpages and writing about things I’d done and places I’ve been. I think back to those early pages and realize how very long ago that was. They’re now dinosaurs compared to today’s computers and internet.

Reading and writing has definitely been important to me when it comes to a social life and to expanding my interests. It’s always great to come here and see what you’ve been up to, Maggie. 🙂