As a man who has always had the wand'ring ways
Now I'm reaching back for yesterdays
'Til a long-forgotten love appears
And I find that I'm sighing softly as I near
September, the warm September of my years.

The September of My Years, Frank Sinatra 

I love this song by Frank Sinatra – a reminder that even the very best of us can’t escape the tick-tock of time. We all eventually accumulate enough knowledge through the life lived to appreciate the days after summer. I, for one, love September — it is a gateway to the visual charms of Autumn. 

It points to cooling temperatures that are tempting enough to visit my parents: the holiday season, and hopefully a chance to take photos somewhere of snow-covered landscapes. Whether all this happens, this year remains to be seen. Lies are still costing lives. And America is hoarding toilet paper again! The smoke from the California wildfires will soon waft its way to our city as well. 

As the sun breaks on the second day of the month, I am thinking about August, specifically my blogging. At the start of the month, I challenged myself to write every day.

“I find that all the research and information I gather is put to good use if I write it down. More often than not, I tend to write my notes in longhand in a private journal. However, I am sometimes overcome with an urge to blog.”

Looking back, I am actually not that “overcome” with the urge to blog. I ended up writing 24 posts though I didn’t write a post a day. Somedays, I just wrote more than once, and other days I couldn’t get inspired to type away. 

It is not that I was short of ideas. It was a hectic month of learning — everything from security, crypto, biomaterials to new developments in physics was on the menu. I talked to quite a few interesting people. Those conversations sparked quite a few thoughts. I just found it easier to write more privately in my journal. 

After giving it more thought, I have concluded that since I don’t have a deadline (and it certainly isn’t my job), I prefer to fully marinate the ideas before putting them out for public consumption. It is not that the world is short of words these days anyway. 

See you around, somewhere erratically. Have a great month ahead, everyone. 

September 2, 2021.