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Today I'm tooting my own horn with great abandon; it has been exactly one year since I began this blog!

"What I Did On My Thanksgiving Vacation" was the topic of my November 25, 2007 post about my family's trip to Massachusetts. This entry has since been consigned to the "private" file, but I was immediately bitten by the blogging bug!

Then Tinseltown came to my town, giving me a wealth of blog fodder. I put on my reporter's cap to cover the excitement as Peter Jackson of "Lord of the Rings" fame came to our very own Main Street to shoot scenes for the movie of Alice Sebold's novel "The Lovely Bones." If you missed my "Hollywood East" series, check out Day One, Day Two , and Day Three.

Moving on to the holidays, I wrote about Christmases present -- and Christmases past.

This year, of course, the spotlight -- nationally and in this blog -- was on the presidential election. My coverage included B-movie Capitol Steps-ish songs like "We're Voting In New Hampshire" and "The Ballad of John McCain."

More seriously, my "citizen journalism" included photo essays on Barack Obama's appearances in Wynnewood, PA, in April, and Abington, PA, in October. Looking back at the nine months since I endorsed Obama in the blog in February (an endorsement carrying about as much weight as, say, the backing of the Wasilla Mosquito Caucus), I do see a rather large amount of bloggish Baracktivity -- but given that my previous presidential predictions (ca. early 1980s) were for Michael Dukakis, Paul Tsongas and John Kerry, all of whom were...umm, undervictorious, I am just happy I finally backed a winner!

(Political sidebar: Leaving no stone unturned, I even covered the all-too-brief primary campaign of none other than every Pennsylvanian's favorite groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil! Check out this Pulitzer-worthy reportage. P.S.: Mr. President-Elect: Phil for Secretary of Agriculture! What say you?)

For a year now, "Different Drummer" has been a collection of this-'n'-that -- progressive politics, humor, travel and nature photos, sign bloopers, family memories, and anything else that grabs me along the way. It's a quirky mix -- but that's me.

I hope you stick around for the second year! I'll bake brownies...

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