The Pause That Refreshes


Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” (Mark 6:31)

Today—well, close enough anyway—marks two whole years that Our Daily Fred has been cranking out daily hits of religious genius. That’s more than 730 consecutive posts. Yeah, I recycled a few, but I still had the gumption to retool, redate, and republish. Only occasionally did somebody remark that a post seemed strangely familiar. That’s because a lot of folks subscribed later in the game and to them everything was brand-spanking new. The early ODF followers either didn’t mind reading a repost (rereading a post?) or didn’t remember it in the first place or must have stopped paying attention a long time ago.

But let me tell you: even revising and reposting on a daily basis is no picnic. It’s not like publishing a book which does just fine sitting on the shelf waiting patiently for another look. For ODF I kept track of the publication schedule, eliminated a few posts I no longer liked, checked on the ongoing validity of links and YouTube resources, and fixed dozens of typos that slipped by the first time around. (Thanks to my faithful reader/editors who pointed most of them out to me.) I rescaled images, tweeked language, and basically polished whatever needed polishing—all for nothing but the thrill.

But I’m not Charlie Sheen. I need a break, a real break—as in a real real break. I will probably be back. Subscribers don’t need to do a thing, though your inbox will be lonely for a bit. When ODF fires up again, you’ll automatically be the first to know. Those of you who’ve been linking here via Facebook may want to subscribe directly so you get the fresh stuff when it happens.

I added a calendar at the bottom so newer readers can click on dates and read posts that they’ve missed. The rest of you can start over on your own or just relax until the show’s back in town. Until then, read your Bible for a change. It’s not ODF, but you can’t have everything.

And if, in the interim, you’re in the mood for something decidedly odd, visit and subscribe to Fredzone at for a daily dose of weirdness that will keep you off-key and mentally constipated until the Second Coming of ODF.

There or later.


3 Responses

  1. Thanks Fred.

  2. Hurry back!

  3. Well, thank you. It was quite the ride. Go find yourself some rest. You deserve it.

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