Pardon the Dust…

After battling a number of technical issues lately, I’m now in the process of moving the blog to a new Web server. I’ve got a number of posts in the pipeline, but both Mama Liberty and I will be back with you in a couple days once the move is completed. Thank you for your patience while I work to get Mom With a Gun onto solid technical ground for the new year!

Oh, and Happy Holidays!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Today is somewhat of a bittersweet day, for it’s my first Thanksgiving in more than a decade on my own. But I’ve been spending the day nourishing my soul: a good friend and I took a trip to the range earlier, and I’m going out for dinner with friends this evening. It’s a different way to spend the holiday than I’ve done in years past, but that’s all to the good.

Over the course of the day, I’ve been thinking about all that I have to be thankful for on this holiday. My divorce is underway, and that’s bittersweet but ultimately to the good. I’m blessed with an amazing new job and coworkers, friends who love and support me, and the space and resources to pursue the things that matter to me. I am intensely grateful for all of these things.

And I’m intensely grateful for you, my dear readers. You enable me to write about things that matter to me, you listen and provide your feedback and share your experience and ideas generously, and together we grow. It is a distinct privilege to have this forum, and I couldn’t do it without all of you. Thank you, thank you.

Happy Thanksgiving, my friends. May this day be full of joy, love, and enjoyment of the people and activities that matter to you.

And…She’s Back!

It seems fitting today to be writing this post announcing my return to the blogging world. You see, today I’m celebrating a milestone. Today’s my birthday. But not just any birthday. Oh, no. Today I turn 40. I know in the scheme of things 40 isn’t that old. But still, this is a milestone for me, and it’s got me in a contemplative mood. So I hope you’ll bear with me, dear readers, while I reflect upon some of the lessons of the past year, the changes in my life, and the insights I draw from them:

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Adding Voices

I’m still battling my way through the mountain of “overwhelmed-ness” that has temporarily overtaken my life, but the end is in sight (I hope). For everyone who’s left me comments or emails of support, THANK YOU! I’m behind on answering your notes, but they ARE appreciated.

I’m also pleased to announce that a wonderful blogger and dear friend will be joining me here and adding her voice more directly to the discussion. MamaLiberty, who’s a regular commenter here, is a firearms instructor who knows firsthand about the reality of armed self-defense. (I featured an offer for a free copy of her e-book here a while back). I’m delighted that she’s agreed to join me here and to share what she knows with my readers.

I also want to reiterate something I’ve said before: I’d love to include more voices than just my own here, and especially now during my own period of personal chaos, I’d love to feature YOUR voice here too. If you’d like to write a guest post or become a regular contributor, please drop me a note!

Still Alive…

No, I’m not dead, and I haven’t abandoned my blog. Or rather, I don’t intend to abandon my blog. But I’ve definitely been scarce here, and expect to continue to be for the next month or two.

The short version of what’s going on is that I have a number of pretty huge transitions brewing in my personal life — an impending divorce, a move to another (nearby) city, a new job. Add to those the ordinary challenges of raising a teenager and…well, I don’t have a lot of spare bandwidth right now.

So, to all of my loyal readers, I wanted to say something: This too shall pass, but probably not right away. I’ll try to get back to semi-regular posting, but tending to these other priorities has to be my focus right now. Thank you for bearing with me.

What’s happening with you all? Anything you’d like to see me talk about in the next little while? Personal transition can be a lonely business, and I’d love to hear from you in the comments.

Administrative Note

It’s been quiet here for the past few days, I know. And I wanted to apologize to you, my readers for that. I’ve been summoned for jury duty later this week and have been reshuffling my schedule around as a result, and…well, I’m definitely behind the curve right now.

I’ve got a post I’ve been working on that’ll go up today, and I hope my schedule woes are starting to ease now. Thanks for your patience.

Poll: Finding Out About New Posts

As we begin a new year, I want to make sure I’m doing the best job I can to reach my readers and give you the information you need. So over the next few weeks, I’m going to run a few polls to help me get a better sense of who you are and what I can do to make Mom With a Gun better for you.

Today I’d like to know how you go about learning about new content on my site. Do you use an RSS reader, follow me on Facebook or Twitter, or something else? If you pick the “something else” option, please let me know in the comments if there is another vehicle I should be using to reach you better.

Thanks in advance for your input!

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Happy Holidays!

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To all my readers: Whatever holiday you celebrate this season – Christmas, Hanukkah, Yule, or something else – I hope your holiday season is full of love and light and warmth. May this season bring health, happiness, success, to you and your loved ones.

Link Soup: 11/29/2012

I’m up to my eyeballs in work stuff today, so although I’m hoping to get a post out later today, I wanted to share a few small tidbits and links with you all:

  • Kathy Jackson was on the Politics and Guns podcast recently, and she had (as always) some wonderful things to say. It’s a long podcast – her interview is more than an hour – but it’s very much worth a listen. Check it out here.
     
  • Jay G. has a thought-provoking post about an armed citizen who stopped a robbery at his jewelry business in San Jose, California. Notice that the police’s response was essentially “we encourage you to just comply with the criminal’s demands and not fight back.” Umm, yeah. I thought the 9/11 terrorist attacks taught us the folly of that line of thought. Apparently not. And I recently found out my local county sheriff worked in San Jose before he moved here, which doubtless explains his steadfast opposition to lawfully armed citizens.
     
  • Speaking of terrorism, here’s an interesting paper (PDF) from college professors John Mueller and Mark C. Stewart analyzing the risk of being a victim of terror. The table on page 16 is especially interesting; it seems you are nearly twice as likely to die in an accident involving a deer than you are to be killed in a terrorist attack in the United States. You’re also twice as likely to die in a household appliance mishap as a plane crash. Who knew?
     
  • There’s been some buzz in the news lately about whether people with computers and 3-D printers can “print” firearms. Mike over at Stately McDaniel Manor has a good rundown on why he thinks this isn’t worth the fuss anti-gun folks and the media are making about it.

Back to work now, but hopefully I’ll be back with you, and have a new post up, later today. In the meantime, thanks to my new readers and Facebook followers for joining me, and thank you all for your patience.

If you don’t follow me on Facebook, you might want to hop over there and click the little button. Apart from instant notifications of new blog posts, I share useful stuff from the Interwebz and short tidbits that wouldn’t warrant a full blog post.

One more bit of administrivia: A reader recently contacted me about submitting a guest post for this blog. I’ll hopefully be bringing you Lisa’s post soon, but I want to let you all know that I enthusiastically welcome on-topic guest posts. So if you have something you’d like to say, let’s talk!

Happy Thanksgiving!

20121122-072747.jpgFor all my American readers: Have a very happy Thanksgiving! I’m spending a quiet, restful day with family, but I’ll be back tomorrow with a post about task fixation and situational awareness.

See you tomorrow!

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