Today it is officially one year since I started A Shroud of Thoughts. A lot has changed in the past year. On a happy note, my best friend now has a beautiful baby girl. He also got a better paying job. My brother got a promotion (he's an assistant manager now), along with better pay and bettter benefits. On an unhappy note, one of my closest friends committed suicide almost excactly a month ago. And as I have written more recently, I also lost one of my closest and dearest friends due to a grievous error on my part.
The wounds are still fresh from that loss. I have not heard from her since Monday, so I have no idea if she has changed her mind as far as ending our friendship or not. She is moving, so she may be busy with that. I hope so, because I just feel so broken hearted and dejected. Right now I would like nothing more for her to email me or come on ICQ and tell me that she does not wish to end our friendship. Anyhow, the song "Maybe Tomorrow" by The Rembrandts keeps going through my head (unfortunately, I can't find any audio files of it online so you all can listen to it).
For those of you who have wondered where the title of this blog comes from, it is from Lord Byron's Childe Harold's Pilgrimage canto iii stanza 113:
I have not loved the world, nor the world me;
I have not flattered its rank breath, nor bow'd
To its idolatries a patient knee,
Nor coin'd my cheek to smiles, nor cried aloud
In worship of an echo; in the crowd
They could not deem me one of such; I stood
Among them, but not of them; in a shroud
Of thoughts which were not their thoughts, and still could,
Had I not filed my mind, which thus itself subdued.
Anyhow, I thought it might be fitting on this first anniversary to list my favourite articles from the past year. I guess one could consider it a "Greatest Hits" of a sort. Anyway, here they are in chronological order:
The British Invasion Part One 061/17/2005
The British Invasion Part Two 06/18/2005
The British Invasion Part Three 06/19/2005
Requiem for the Department Store 06/28/2004
What I Consider my Best Week for Blog Entries
Spy Shows of the Sixties 07/30/2004
Action Figures BSW (Before Star Wars 08/12/2004
Action Figures and Merchandising 08/13/2004
The Vanguard of Mars Part One 09/03/2004
The Vanguard of Mars Part Two 09/04/2005
The Golden Age of Horror Movies 10/02/2004
The Week Before Halloween (perhaps my second best week)
The Dime Store 01/26/2005
Genre Mélangé 01/28/2005
My Favourite Poem (although it brings bittersweet memories to me now) 02/04/2005
Fantasy Films of the Eighties 04/01/2005
The Adventures of Robin Hood 04/19/2005
The Architecture of Cinemas 05/10/2005
Anyway, I must say that I have enjoyed keeping this blog the past year. And I think I have done a fairly good job at it. I just hope the coming year sees me happier than the one before.