During my effort to redesign this blog a month or two ago, several people made a point to suggest that the colors should be dull so as to be consistent with the title and, er, theme of the blog.
I had to remind people that the title was intended to be ironic. I may be somber and dull, but I’m really not trying to be!
A couple years ago I decided one day to see what was involved in creating a blog. When it comes to things like this, I don’t read up on things. I just jump in and fiddle. So, I went to the Blogger site to create a blog.
I quickly was faced with the fact that I had to give the blog a name.
The main character in the novel is a poor, black Anglican pastor named Stephen Kumalo (pictured here as marvelously played by James Earl Jones in the movie version of the novel). Paton introduces him as “a parson, somber and rather dull, no doubt, and his hair was turning white.” Well, I’m a parson, and my hair is turning white. I’m not black, but the sobriquet ‘somber and dull’ was kind of appealing to me.
So, that was on my mind, and when Blogger asked for a name, in went Somber and Dull.
It has grown on me. I like the ironic tone. Either way it fits. If the blog is somber and dull, the title fits. If the blog is bright and interesting, then it suits the ironic intent. I can’t lose.
Enough of that. Now go get the book and read it.
(By the way, the current picture in the banner (that, of course, could change without notice!) is one I took of a sunset in the Smoky Mountains in the summer of 2008. Obviously no scenes like that here in Florida. Maybe during one of my yearly visits to the beach I’ll take a photo there and use it here.)