I’m not missing you at all.
Via The Atlantic:
The word “because,” in standard English usage, is a subordinating conjunction, which means that it connects two parts of a sentence in which one (the subordinate) explains the other. In that capacity, “because” has two distinct forms. It can be followed either by a finite clause (I’m reading this because [I saw it on the web]) or by a prepositional phrase (I’m reading this because [of the web]). These two forms are, traditionally, the only ones to which “because” lends itself.
I mention all that … because language. Because evolution. Because there is another way to use “because.” Linguists are calling it the “prepositional-because.” Or the “because-noun.”
You probably know it better, however, as explanation by way of Internet—explanation that maximizes efficiency and irony in equal measure. I’m late because YouTube. You’re reading this because procrastination. As the language writer Stan Carey delightfully sums it up: “‘Because’ has become a preposition, because grammar.”
FJP: And now we know.
"Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life." Anne Lamott’
"If you give freely, there will always be more. … It is one of the greatest feelings known to humans, the feeling of being the host, of hosting people, of being the person to whom they come for food and drink and company. This is what the writer has to offer."
Right about when I thought I should give up on this writing lifestyle, when I’m crushed by depression and anxiety and a truly arresting sense of all of the things stacked in front of me, not the least of which is the first sentence of a new piece, I find hope in this. My oh my, I had almost forgotten the love that I shared for the world. Now I recall, and feel guilty that I’ve been withholding for so long.