Over the next several months, I will be cutting back on blog posts related to Long Branch and nearby neighbourhoods.
I mention this now, by way of a heads-up, for regular visitors to this website.
I will be working, with as few distractions as possible, on a book about Long Branch history. It will be a long project, as I have much material to work with, and many things to learn, as I proceed.
In order to work on the book, I will considerably reduce my postings about day-to-day, current happenings in Long Branch and nearby communities.
The focus of my thoughts will be on the packaging of stories, that some people may find of interest – of sufficient interest, that is to say, to purchase a hardcopy version of a book.
The stories are about a Long Branch that has existed in the past.
The stories are about a community, about pockets of communities, and about a social fabric, all of which, to a lesser or greater degree, are disappearing, or have already disappeared.
Much of life is ephemeral – things come and go.
Memories, accumulated in their vastness, at the personal and family level, in any neighbourhood, come and go.
My project, like all such projects, seeks to shape, and package in one or more suitable formats, a selection of those stories, as otherwise they are lost forever.
History of a Disappearance (2017)
Among the many sources, that serve as inspiration for my book project, is History of a Disappearance: The Story of a Forgotten Polish Town (2017) by Filip Springer. That is a wonderful book; I recommend it highly.
In the case of Long Branch, as the ongoing story unfolds, the community remains, as a residential district, but much of the established built form disappears, and the social fabric – which has, indeed, been a key element of what people like to call “the character of the place” – disappears as well.
The story of Long Branch is a great story, that speaks to – that speaks to what?
That’s a nice, open-ended question, which each person, who speaks about Long Branch, past, present, and future, can fill in for herself, or himself. There are many Long Branches, and many versions of the story related to it (or them).
I encourage you to set up your own website, and write a blog offering your own perspective on things
My own way of looking at things is but one among many ways, that a person can choose from, based upon each person’s formative experiences, experiential encounters, and character traits.
I am pleased to refer you, as well, to a previous post:
I was interested to read Colleen O’Marra’s comment at the end of the post you are now reading
Please note that, by way of bringing attention to the comments that follow below, I’ve written a separate post, entitled: