Back, though Never Gone

The blog just vanished. Gone. At first I thought it was just me. Then Brooke told me the blog was down. It was missing in action.   Did you think I just lost interest? I checked with Sabrina, the wonderful woman who designed and maintained Journey Man for me.   I have never met Sabrina, but I would like to. The sad truth was confirmed. Hackers seem to have found me. What is the payoff for intruding on hot air?

Now it seems I need to review and accept each response, one at a time. How am I supposed to know if these reactions to what I and others write are legit? If I don’t do this, I am advised, this will just keep happening. I don’t know what to do. I am surprised I have any readers left. I think followers just move on. Who can blame them? But this is crazy.

Are you or have you ever been a member of the Communist Party? Will you pledge loyalty to Donald Trump? I have no intention of corresponding with liberals. We still are negotiating. Any one want to buy a used blog. Is anybody home? I hope I have not lost everybody. Say it ain’t so, Joe. Say it ain’t so.

29 Responses to Back, though Never Gone

  1. Christopher February 13, 2018 at 7:06 am #

    Not yet.

    I was concerned that something serious had befallen you, as the website was registering as being active but nothing showed up except a blank page. I guess it’s a mixture of the expectation of instant gratification in this day and age of social media Pavlovian conditioning, and disappointment that a familiar voice in the www-dot wilderness had gone silent. I’m glad to see you’re okay, Richard. And I am also sorry to hear some people find it amusing to wreak havoc on your site. Not just immature, but somewhat sadistic in intent–the same type that steals canes, walkers and power chairs. I don’t think anyone here believes themselves a victim… but this kind of schadenfreude has become a disturbing pastime of the Youtube generation. I actually received some emails of other regular visitors to your blog, remarking about the site disappearing as well. So there are people out there looking after you, but it may take some time before they realize you’re back up.

    Good to see your words again, sir. I look forward to many more.

    • Richard Cohen February 16, 2018 at 7:50 am #

      Nice to be back. Thanks.


    • Richard Cohen February 16, 2018 at 7:51 am #

      Nice to be back. Thanks. It’s like seeing old friends again.


  2. Paul February 13, 2018 at 7:22 am #

    Still here and crazy after all these years. Welcome back.

  3. Dee February 13, 2018 at 11:55 am #

    Hey Richard!
    Glad to see that you didn’t just up and leave. I kept checking back to see if you were there. I even tried to pm message you to say I couldn’t find your blog. What kind of sicko’s get joy out of hacking???
    Keep posting ___ hopefully others will find their way back. MISSED YOU!

  4. Jack February 13, 2018 at 12:21 pm #

    Dr. Livingston. I presume.

    I have been searching all over for you! If you think that you were the only one who was lost, think again. I tried several times every day to connect to Journey Man and became despondent when all I found was a blank page. Richard, you may not know just how much your insights and those of your followers mean to so many people. The absence of your blog was painful. Your return is a relief. Welcome back.

    • Richard Cohen February 16, 2018 at 7:53 am #

      Miles to go.


    • Richard Cohen February 16, 2018 at 7:54 am #

      Miles to go. Let’s get moving.


  5. Louisa February 13, 2018 at 1:17 pm #

    Same. I kept checking too. I knew you were ok ish because I saw that you will be speaking at the 92Y soon. I’m glad the blog is back and am especially happy to see Christopher on here.

    • Richard Cohen February 16, 2018 at 7:55 am #



  6. grandma nancy February 13, 2018 at 4:11 pm #

    Richard, so glad to know that you are okay. I was worried. Thought I’d lost a friend. And no, I’ve never been a member of the Communist party. Please don’t ask me to swear allegiance to Trump. To the U.S., yes. To Trump…no way.

  7. Sabrina February 14, 2018 at 12:43 am #

    So happy to see everyone back up on the Blog! It means so much to me to see that this blog has such a tight knit community. I will continue to do my best to keep the blog going. Warmest regards.

    • Jan February 16, 2018 at 1:21 am #

      Nice work, Sabrina!

      Took a brief tap of the RMC icon on my way to an alternate icon and newer habit that needs to end: NordstromRackaholic now returns to the prior icon. (Great deals, easy to shop, but, as a song I heard today states, enough is enough).

      In the interim, I found another site that had mentioned helpful insight about what others watching maybe going through. I’m finding myself strolling a tight rope of sorts with my desires for independence on one side and helpful people on another. I think my goal should be to walk/stroll the line.

  8. Christopher February 14, 2018 at 4:29 am #

    Happy Birthday, Richard!

    Hope you have a very fine day, sir.

  9. Jane February 14, 2018 at 8:42 am #

    Thank you, Richard, for your perseverance. I’m glad you’re back.

  10. Riley Jason February 14, 2018 at 12:50 pm #

    It ain’t so. Never was. Never will be.
    Happy Birthday!

  11. Brian L. February 15, 2018 at 12:56 pm #

    It will take more than a little hacking to drive us away! So glad to see the blog back up and running! We’ve missed you!

  12. Anne February 15, 2018 at 3:58 pm #

    Still here checking in. Glad to see your back up

  13. Rita February 15, 2018 at 7:38 pm #

    Always lurking:-) Hey everybody. Hope you all are doing well aka not progressing at lightning speed. Glad you’re back up and running Richard…at least in cyber space! 🙂

  14. Lisa Guyder February 16, 2018 at 9:26 am #

    Glad you’re back back Richard,

  15. Jan February 16, 2018 at 1:07 pm #

    Richard, I commented earlier to Sabrina, but now I will comment to you. Truly glad to see you’re back, okay (you know what I mean), and reuniting familiar names and people who understand MS.

    Spot-on timing. In December, our two boys graduated from college — not twins; 4.5 and 3.5 years, both with majors beyond me. This week, and when your blog appeared again, we sent off our oldest—driving a rental truck with his hard-earned old car in tow to travel three states away to his first big job in a rather remote area.

    Overall we are hopeful and think it will be good for him, but with still red puffy eyes I have had so very many transitions. But the transition back to your site was positively timely. Nice. (I’ve cried easily this week, including for this!)

    They will always be my sons, and independence has been the parental goal, but I will say I better understand the look in my late dad’s eyes when I left even younger to figure skate at age 19. (Daunting yet great for me; a transition for my folks). The Olympics are also a reminder.

    Now that my reply is about as long as your own post I’ll sign off. I guess some things do not easily change. Glad you’re back.

  16. Jan February 16, 2018 at 1:18 pm #

    P S. The day before he left, while I debated about the timing, I attended a client’s client’s patriarch’s memorial service. Good guy timing for my husband and son when packing; was able to meet someone who has struggled with polio and in a four-wheeled motorized thing. . There is that she’s a lovely person encouraging and positive.

    In the service, they mention the man was not so concerned about money or possessions but about relationships. And also with everything going on all over the world and with my own MS, I decided it’s time to not allow myself to feel marginalized—MS is what it is, I do as I am able, everyone is dealing with something, life is short overall, and to be grateful for the positives.

  17. JoanZ February 16, 2018 at 3:08 pm #

    Feels like the whole family is back together, felt so desolate when blog & community disappeared. So Happy Birthday Richard, Happy Valentine’s and here’s to another weekend everyone!

  18. Lucille February 16, 2018 at 3:15 pm #

    So happy to see you back!

  19. Jasmin . February 17, 2018 at 3:48 pm #

    Good to see the site is back.

  20. Jana February 19, 2018 at 6:25 pm #

    Well this made my day! Welcome back!

  21. Hilary February 20, 2018 at 7:02 am #

    I assumed it was Obama’s fault!

  22. Colleen February 21, 2018 at 4:45 pm #

    Howdy! I’m so glad you’re back enlightening us all. You’ve been missed.

  23. Jan February 22, 2018 at 12:31 am #

    I decided to get real and updated my recent LinkedIn post (but here I did not point to the URL). One quote from it is worth sharing here, given what we deal with and also regarding this Olympic year:

    Per a quote by Tracie Hamilton, wife of Olympic figure skater Scott Hamilton and shown on a post by Tim Estiloz in an article by Juliet Macur, “Joy is not the lack of suffering or fear, it’s how you choose to handle the suffering and fear.”

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