This was during the Dustbowl Revival set. They were really good, and you should go see them if you have the opportunity.
In a piercing recent essay that’s well worth your time, Simon Evans writes about watching his daughter become an adult, and also about the death of a close friend, and how painful it is to experience the speed at which something as seemingly substantial as a childhood or a friendship is over and gone for good. Toward the end, he offers a few thoughts on how to make sure you’re truly present for life – ways to “drive a stake into the shining moment.” But I love what Evans doesn’t do in the piece, too. He doesn’t turn it into a lecture about seizing the day. Nor does he dwell on what he wished he’d done differently, thereby implying that there might be some cunning way to avoid the experience of loss. No, his essay suggests, it’s worse than that: a life fully lived just is painfully bittersweet, the joy inextricably intertwined with loss. The major chapters of life, such as your children’s childhoods, just will feel like they’re over too fast, pretty much whatever you do.
You should definitely click through and read the Simon Evans essay as well.
I really liked it because there was almost no overhead to writing a post, and the whole thing was super efficient.
What I didn’t like was having to deal with updating Pelican and Python on the server, and I was perpetually worried about Pelican being abandoned. When Micro.blog started up, I got interested in that, and started doing most of my online writing here, eventually firing up yet another WordPress instance for hosting.
I miss using a static site generator, though. I wish there were a way to do that which did not involve running a server somewhere.