We wouldn’t be the f/k/a Gang, if we weren’t frantically scampering to meet a self-imposed deadline on a Saturday night. It’s a good thing we can re-use the same words written the first time we closed down this weblog, in October 2003, with only minor changes:
Doing ethicalEsq f/k/a has been a very rewarding experience, whether the correspondents agreed with me or not. Until I started a web journal, [my f/k/a Gang of alter egos] thought the internet might be used to sustain established friendships and relationships (mostly with email), but couldn’t possibly create new ones of any significant value. Well, I was wrong.
Comments and e-correspondence sparked by this website have put me in touch with some very good [talented and interesting] human beings, who can scarcely be blamed for being lawyers [or haiku poets]. Although they’re a lot busier than I am, I hope to continue to connect with them across cyberspace.
At the end of this posting, I’ve listed (alphabetically fairly randomly) a number of the web-log related folks who have become more than just pixelated names to me, due to the quality and/or quantity of their communications, insights, inspiration, or assistance.
the conversation passes
… by Hilary Tann – The Heron’s Nest VIII:1
Far more often than I could have imagined 6 years ago, this weblog has sparked real conversations — the kind that nurture real friendships. Before I list the names of people across the blogisphere who have been the most generous to me and this weblog, I want to share some haiku and senryu about conversations.
The poems are written by poets who I only knew as highly-respected members of the haijin community when I approached them a few years ago (to ask if I could use their poems at f/k/a). But, each has become a good friend, who will surely remain at the center of my emotional/social life for decades to come.
April shower –
making small talk
under the awning
video chat –
touching the gap
in her baby teeth
…. by Yu Chang
“April shower” – Upstate Dim Sum (2004/II)
“video chat” – Shiki Haikusphere 10th Anniversary Anthology (2007)
talking in bed
I forget his name…
talk of war
the spin cycle’s
my son speaks a secret
i always knew
……………………….. by Roberta Beary
“talking divorce” – The Unworn Necklace (2007)
“talking in bed” – Shamrock Haiku Journal (Issue 5, 2008)
she tells me
I’m not the father
in the pollen
on my car
on the beach
the tracks of two
… by John Stevenson
“Christmas Day” - Some of the Silence (Red Moon Press,1999)
“in the pollen” & “on the beach” & “dining alone” – Quiet Enough (Red Moon Press, 2004)
after the argument
the antique marionette
i apologize for something
i said in my sleep
at the end of a long day
… by Ed Markowski
“after the argument” – mayfly spring 02
her words sting –
the mosquitos take me
just as I am
it’s pink! it’s purple!
she lures me to the kitchen
…. by David Giacalone
“her words sting” – Frogpond, XXIX: 3 Fall 2006
“it’s pink!” – - Frogpond Vol. XXVIII, #2 (2005); haiga photo: A.J. Giacalone
“silently” – Walking the Same Path (HSA, 2004 Members’ Anthology
With our midnight deadline looming (and a real farewell post still “in the typewriter”), I want to quickly list the people who have made more than a passing impression on me, through their interactions around this weblog — from lots of “link love” and inspriation at their own blawgs, to thoughtful comments or consistent silent cyber-visits, to direct email communications, occasional phone calls, and even lunch dates in the “real” world. Sincere thanks and best wishes to each of you.
In the “blawgisphere: Anne Reed at Deliberations; Anne Skove at Court-o-rama; Laura Orr at Oregon Legal Research; Scott Greenfield at Simple Justice; Carolyn Elefant at My Shingle; Bob Ambrogi at Legal Blog Watch; the infamous and incomparable “Ed Post” at Blawg Review; Diane Levin at Mediation Channel; Walter Olson at Overlawyered.com; Elie Mystal at Above the Law; Stephanie West Allen at IdeaLawg; Gideon at A Public Defender; Eric Turkewitz at New York P/I Lawyer; Dan Hull at What About Clients; Alan Childress at the Legal Profession Blog; Marco Randazza at The Legal Satyricon
plus haijin frequent visitors: George Swede; Charlie Trumball; Ed Markowski; Roberta Beary; Collin Barber; John Stevenson; Carolyn Hall; Laryalee Fraser; & Yu Chang
Shout-outs to: Don Hutcheson at The Complete Lawyer; Tim Kevan at Barrister Blog, the bi-bloggy George M. Wallace; Greg Beck at Consumer Law & Policy Blog; Jo-Ann Schrom at RotterdamNY.info; Rev. David Hess; James R. Elkins of the Legal Studies Forum; Bob Eckstein of Today’s Snowman