On Monday, April 13, 2009, I wrote my first blog post here at Gotta Sing Gotta Pray:
"Easter greetings to all. Several of my colleagues here at World Library Publications have been asking me to begin a blog, so here we are. Welcome to Gotta Sing Gotta Pray. Why this title? I firmly believe that in good times and in bad (like the current economic downturn), people simply gotta sing and people simply gotta pray. Turning our hearts to the Lord in prayer and song gives us the kind of hope that only comes from God. And today is one of those days, at least here in Chicago, that is a little difficult to find the energy to sing and pray. It's raining. The temperature is in the low 40's. Spring was supposed to arrive here already, but it has been very tardy. I know that the flowers are just waiting to burst forth from the ground. This is what this Easter Season is really all about. At least in the Northern Hemisphere most of us are still waiting to burst out of the doldrums of the winter months, hoping to be greeted and nourished by warm sunshine--we live in hope!"
And now we come to my last blog post. Once I am settled in my new position at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford, Connecticut, I'll make a decision about beginning a new blog. Whatever it is, it will have a new name. You can come here every now and then and look for news about a new blog. My first day at the new job is June 26. Can't imagine doing any blogging until several weeks after that.
As of today, this blog has received 544,901 visits. I want to thank you for visiting Gotta Sing Gotta Pray. The countries from where most visitors come to this site are (and in this ranked order): United States, South Korea, China, United Kingdom, Ukraine, Armenia, Canada, Germany, Australia, and France.
My heart is heavy today as I prepare for my final round of farewells here at World Library Publications and J.S. Paluch. It is also a heart filled with hope for the adventure upon which I am embarking.
Please say a prayer for me and, again, thank you so much for following this blog. And remember, in those good times and in those bad times, we all gotta sing and we all gotta pray!
Gotta sing. Gotta pray.