On April 13, 2009, the first Esse Diem entry started something like this:
“I am creating a new term meaning ‘to be the day.'” There were plenty of Carpes. I was feeling some Esse. I wanted to do more than seize the day, I wanted to define the day with posts about character, environment, politics, poetry, spirituality, honesty, sexuality, personal crises, celebrations, regrets — even Greek mythology!
When I saw this quote from John Adams in late 2010, a new tagline was born and I think it’s a keeper:
“Let us dare to read, think, speak and write.”
Some really great things have happened for this little blog since 2009:
In 2010 What’s Mine is (not) Yours was featured on the Freshly Pressed section of the WordPress.com homepage. Posts chosen have “unique content free of bad stuff, original images, clear tags, typo-free content, and a compelling headline.” That was a cool day.
In 2011, Rise of The Worm Wand: A Cautionary Tale was recognized by the multimedia web magazine and creative collective, WestVirginiaVille.com in its “ongoing quest to seek out the finest writing on the Web in…..the Transcendent New Nation of Appalachia.” Also a very cool day.
There is now a Facebook page for the blog and an independent website for the blog project, Essays on Childhood. I meet new people everyday through the blog who expand my thinking and help me navigate this crazy life, one diem at a time. I hope you will be one of those people. I love to respond to comments on posts, and value your feedback tremendously. Welcome, and let’s talk!
p.s. I received a Facebook message in 2014 from a reader who wrote, Dear Blogger, I understand your using “diem,” but in fact “esse” does not take a direct object, and “diem” is that form in Latin. “To be the day” should be “esse dies.”
I am not even kidding when I say I love this kind of thing! This is a reader after my own heart. I assured her that Esse Diem as a “Latin term” was intended as a joke, but that I would alert the masses because I don’t like blatant inaccuracy! Keep those cards and letters coming.