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16 April 2013

You may have noticed that, in recent months, I’ve taken to posting quotations rather than thoughts of my own. There are a number of reasons for this, but I suppose the biggest is that I haven’t known what else to put up.

A big part of why I started this blog in the first place was in hopes of generating conversation with others, but that hasn’t really happened, at least not in the way I anticipated. Although, the more I think about it, the more I think that “conversation” on a computer screen isn’t what I was really after, after all.

So, after one hundred posts (exactly!), I have decided that the voyages of the Bark Endeavour II have come to an end. This doesn’t mean I intend to stop writing. Quite the contrary. But I don’t feel like the things I am writing now fit this particular medium. The metaphor has run its course, so to speak.

If there’s a unifying theme to everything I’ve written here, I suppose it would be “discovery,” which, in one sense or another, is the theme of adolescence. Now, I’ve reached the point where it is time to leave adolescence behind and begin a new chapter.

To those of you who have traveled with me here over the last three and a half years, thank you for your company.

I leave you with a quote from T.S. Eliot. (You knew it was going to be something by either him or Kierkegaard, that most cerebral adolescent.) It’s one I’ve used before, but I couldn’t think of anything more fitting if I tried.

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.