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1500 and counting

Mother was a prolific letter writer, sending long, hand-written updates on a weekly basis to her children after we moved away from home. I not only acquired her stay-in-touch gene, but I cultivated that desire to share stories, news, and observations using 21st century technology.

It was in August of 2008 that I first put fingers to keyboard in this place. Post number one was a tribute written in memory of a voice I heard way too often in my 20s and 30s. The piece you’re reading now is number 1500.

That’s an average of slightly more than nine per month. The number of words is probably somewhere north of 1.1 million.

Yes, that’s a lot of words.

If it’s any consolation, I don’t know anyone who reads them all. Not even my wife. Candice does, however, hear my opinions live and often provides real-time feedback. As a result, the worst ones never make it to you.*

I began More to Come… (MTC) to document a family vacation and kept on writing. My friend Dolores suggested the name and it stuck.

A post from 2010 tops the “most reader views” over this time period, and it features one of my favorite places on earth. Mohonk Mountain House…A place like no other is one of four pieces I’ve written about this unique spot. Claire — who is the unofficial “official photographer” of MTC — has taken a number of memorable photos at Mohonk. Her evocative picture of this iconic landmark graces the top of the home page and serves as the lead picture for this essay. Claire also captured a swimmer taking the plunge off the Mohonk high dive, another personal favorite.**

Lake at Mohonk Mountain House by Claire
Taking the plunge off the high board at the lake at Mohonk Mountain House (photo credit: Claire Brown)

More to Come was designed to capture my observations, recollections, and “occasional bursts of radical common sense” on a variety of topics. Here’s a small sampling of the things I’ve observed about our little part of the world since 2008:

  • 2009: Recently, the passage of time and the (incorrect) belief that we can master time has been on my mind. While in high school Andrew wrote an insightful piece on this topic for the St. Albans School literary magazine. I included it as 9:45:00 GMT.
  • 2010: This was the year I finally scratched that Guitar Acquisition Syndrome itch. It wouldn’t be the last. Finding my new Running Dog guitar tells the improbable story of how I came to have a guitar with “Union Forever” inlayed in pearl on the back of the headstock.
  • 2011: I combined my preservation interest with my love of baseball to respond to a really stupid suggestion to tear down Wrigley Field in What’s wrong with sports.
  • 2012: I’ve reported from the Americana festival Merlefest several times, the last being the 25th anniversary year and the final one where festival patriarch Doc Watson performed. He died about a month later. My last post (so far) for Merlefest is Oh Happy Day! — Merlefest 25 wraps up.
California or Bust
Claire and DJB on the “Not All Who Wander Are Lost” tour
Rome view
View of Rome from our window in the Chiaraviglio apartments
  • 2016: I wrote many posts from Rome during my sabbatical, but the most-read piece from that year was My favorite Tom Brown stories, which came from my father’s funeral in May. Daddy’s was an example of a life well lived…much more so than the guy who somehow managed to win the presidential election that year.
At Prospect Hill in 1982
The newlyweds on our honeymoon at Prospect Hill
  • 2018: During the years of the former guy’s administration, July 4th was a good day to think about what it means to be an American, which I did in Freedom.
  • 2019: I announced my retirement from the National Trust and was blown away by the response, which I captured in Kindness.
  • 2020: How do you describe this year of pandemic lockdown, government incompetence, racial unrest, and a democracy-saving election? One of my most-read pieces ever, Places and perspectives, came out of the protests over Confederate statues.
  • 2021: When Candice celebrated a “significant birthday” this year, I asked her family and friends for thoughts on what she meant to them. Tending the heart is a sampling of the outpouring of love and affection.

Thanks for reading over these years. I hope we have much more to share in whatever time is left.

With hopefully lots more to come…


*Anyone who literally reads every one of my posts is welcomed to self-identify in the comments.

**See also:

NOTE: For the 1000th post I wrote The top one percent which counts down the ten most popular posts over that span. Claire’s photos from Monument Valley topped the list at that point.

Image of Mohonk Mountain House by Claire Holsey Brown


I am David J. Brown (hence the DJB) and I originally created this personal blog more than ten years ago as a way to capture photos and memories from a family vacation. After the trip was over I simply continued writing. Over the years the blog has changed to have a more definite focus aligned with my interest in places that matter, reading well, roots music, and more. My professional background is as a national nonprofit leader with a four-decade record of growing and strengthening organizations at local, state, and national levels. This work has been driven by my passion for connecting people in thriving, sustainable, and vibrant communities.


  1. Kathy LaPlante says

    Wow! Congrats on reaching 1500 pieces David! I’m saving this email to go back and read some of those earlier writings that I missed because I wasn’t a follower back then. Always insightful stuff (even the baseball topics though I’m not a big follower of baseball). I’ve shared many of your posts with music friends, lovers of books and shared your views with some of my conservative family members – saying “hope you’ll think about this”. 😊 All the best, Kathy

    • Kathy, thanks so much for these kind words and … of course … for reading MTC. I so appreciate your comments about specific posts and I’m glad so many resonate for you. Good luck with those family members. I don’t promise miracles! Thanks again for reading and for the nice comment. DJB

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