Monday, July 4, 2011

You Can Go Home Again

Independence Day is as good a day as any to formally announce that I will be relocating with my family to within sixty miles of the town I grew up in, God willing, to the city that was home to such worthies as Frederick Douglass, Shirley Jackson, and Christopher Lasch. My parents will be joining us, and joining the Catholic Church, Deo gratias. We should be settled in by the Solemnity of Mary's Assumption. This blog's days are thus numbered.

This is the biggest move I will have made since heading for the Far East as a young man fifteen years ago, and it comes after finally having adapted to life over here. To be honest, I'd be perfectly happy living here for the rest of my life, but we're moving for the kids' education, and to take care of my folks, and on top of that I've been offered an excellent job. Needless to say, I will be quite busy and may not have time to adequately respond to your comments and emails.

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Blogger 유미 said...

I hope I'm the first commenter^^ Congratulations on getting a job stateside and being able to move back home. I'm sure you and your family will do fine.

This blog, when it ends, will be missed. But there are bigger and better things for you so it's all good.

Most importantly: congratulations on your parents becoming Catholic! Keep the faith. Dominus Vobiscum!

4:21 PM  
Blogger Kalim Kassam said...

I do hope your blog survives in some incarnation or another. It really widened my perspective, opening me to the traditional and the religious. I revisit often to get a look at the world from your unique vantage point.


8:19 PM  
Blogger Ed Cole said...

Congratulations! I hope you find today's New York to your liking (but not too much to your liking).

I was a little disappointed that it turned out to be 60 miles east and not south, but we live in an imperfect world.

I will miss The Western Confucian.


11:19 PM  
Blogger David Lindsay said...

Please, please, please keep this blog going.

12:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your parents' conversion and the new job! This is fantastic news. I hope you're reconsider your plan to retire this blog. After all, you can still be a western Confucian in the USA.

1:12 AM  
Blogger xavier said...


Good luck and I do hiope you'll continue writing. I look forward to your views of America since your return.

Kids' education huh? It that tough eh?
My wife has a similar view with her country's education system and has told me flat out she doesn't want him to go to school there

7:52 AM  
Blogger kushibo said...

Western Confucian, good luck and godspeed with the move. You may find it both enjoyable and frustrating at times, as you experience a mix of all the things you like about Korea not happening in the US, the things you don't like in Korea NOT happening in the US, but some of the things you don't like about Korea happening in the US. You may in fact discover that there were things you liked or disliked but didn't realize. Keep it all in stride.

Anyway, I would hope that you would post something from time to time, as you see fit. You're in the Aggregator at Marmot's Hole, so people will pay attention.

But even if you don't post anew, I implore you to please keep this blog up so that things you and others have written can be looked back on as a source of knowledge and interest.


1:29 PM  
Blogger Casa Santa Lidia said...

Congratulations on all fronts, but please don't give up the blog! O:)

10:16 AM  
Blogger Faith said...

Not goodbye, surely. Rather renamed.

11:04 AM  
Blogger Enbrethiliel said...


Joshua, do I get a prize for being the only one who remembers that you've already shared the link to what will be your new blog?

The Bourbon Democracy


4:17 AM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

Enbrethiliel, if only you had written "The Bourbon Democrat" you would have won, and won big!

Thank you, and all of you, for your wishes. I will probably continue on, but at a radically reduced pace. I'll need to focus on family and work more in the first months.

12:56 PM  
Blogger Enbrethiliel said...


Ack! *facepalm* This is like missing the answer (or rather, the question) on Jeopardy! =P

12:26 AM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

I was too harsh. You deserve at least honorable mention, or as you might write, honourable mention.

7:29 PM  

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