27 thoughts on “Groupthink: The Road Ahead

  1. Stick

    I still check it, but there hasn’t been much happening. Facebook is fast and fun, but lacks the depth we had going here.

  2. Joel

    All day I think about it, then at night I say it. Where did I come from, and what am I supposed to be doing?

    My soul is from elsewhere, I’m sure of that,
    and I intend to end up there.
    This drunkenness began in some other tavern.

    When I get back around to that place I’ll be completely sober.
    Meanwhile, I’m like a bird from another continent, sitting in this aviary.
    The day is coming when I fly off, but who is it now in my ear, who hears my voice? Who says words with my mouth? Who looks out with my eyes?
    What is the soul?

    I cannot stop asking.

    If I could take one sip of an answer, I could break out of this prison for drunks.

    I didn’t come here of my own accord, and I can’t leave that way.

    Whoever brought me here
    will have to take me home.

    Rumi

  3. aly hawkins

    I would be sad to see The Road put in mothballs, but it’s hard for me to envision a time in the near future when I will have time to invest in it as I once did. I haven’t updated my own blog for months!

    Whatever you decide, Michael, I’m incredibly thankful for the community you created here—many of the ideas we threw around, particularly in the early days, continue to scratch at my imagination and inspire my dreams for the future. *sniff*

  4. Cerise

    Michael, you (and the rest of you as well) have made this such a great space to talk and think. Sadly, I fall into the passive commenter category and will wait to see what you contributors decide. My impression is that your lives have all changed dramatically in the last few years, so it might just be impossible to sustain the momentum you once shared, but again, that’s for you to decide. I wait on events…

  5. Eric Haas

    I haven’t contributed very much, but I’ve had the privilege of ‘meeting’ some amazing people here and being challenged intellectually and spiritually. I still re-read “Prayer, Suffering and the Nature of God” from time to time (even more relevant this year with the Red Sox 7 games out of first place…).

    I should be sorry to see Addison Road close, but everything grows and changes (blogs, children, lives).

  6. Gretchen

    I enjoy the “community” here. FB works for daily”isms”, Chad’s 18,000 pictures of his kids and coffee preferences, but rarely are there thoughtful conversations there, like those that take place here. Here, no one has to be a “friend” to contribute, or just read and contemplate.
    The discussions here, creative contributions, Freaky Friday laughs, help me feel as though there is a place to go to keep my brain from going to mush while home with a 3 year old.

    It obviously takes contributors, and their time. It also takes responders and their time as well. But I’d love to cut my FB time in half (and probably should anyway) and bring it back over to the Road House if there are others willing to hang around and talk.

  7. David

    The road ahead is such a vast unknown, but we are encouraged, no, required to travel it if we are to grow. I have grown, laughed, cried, wondered. Been provoked to deep though and question. It definately has been a privelege to partake and a few times chime in.
    Maybe this road takes a turn, maybe not, but has and always will be a road worth the travel.

  8. sharolyn

    Gretchen, I am willing. (Scrunched up face, trying to think of thinky thoughts.) I am grateful to Addison Road for reuniting us, once upon a time, when I googled “Aly Hawkins” in a postpartum stupor in the middle of the night and read posts until the wee hours of morning. Addison Road reminded me who I was. And who you all are. Gretchen, I like your observation that this is not a club – anyone can chime in – and yet somehow I feel (unlike Facebook) that it is our own private conversation.

  9. aly hawkins

    Here’s a question: I have to do a teaching component for my two online classes this fall, Constructive Theology and Lit/History of the OT. I have permission from one of the profs (waiting on the other) to create and conduct the class online, rather than dragging people up to my house in Ojai and sitting them down in front of a chalkboard. Would that be something Roadies would be interested in? No pressure – I can host whatever I come up with at my blog, if it’s not something that lights the backyard fire here.

    Let me know what you think.

  10. Josiah Mory

    I know I definitely fall into the “passive reader” category, but I also am aware of how much the wisdom of the people on this blog have helped to create who and what I am. I would hate to see it go away. I know it takes time to keep the community alive and that the main contributors have many things going on in their respective lives, however, I will continue return to this site till it ceases to be relevant and/or entertaining.

    My 2 cents….

    JM

  11. june

    This is the first blog I ever read…shortly after I said to Brian, “Pffffft…blog shmog. Whatever. Say hi to all your fake friends for me.” Heh. Then I fell in deep love…with Addison Road. Given that history, I may have a weekly link to AR once my blog is up. (Soon!) AR and I are friends forever, no matter what. As I’ve said before, it’s the best magazine that you can’t find at any newstand.

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