A Step Forward (Hopefully)

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Just a quick post to let my faithful readers know that I’m going out-of-town next week, and to expect the next new post to come by June 15th.

This trip is NOT a vacation; it’s something that I’ve been “dreading” to do and have already postponed it once.  It’s a step forward for me as I’m attempting to face some of my fears head on in regards to my progressive vision loss.

I hope to share more on this when I return.

Happy writing (and reading) everyone!

 

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New Road

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Journey

from the green mountains
to the golden, lush prairie
the road continues

(first posted on April 30th, 2015)

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My previous life in North Carolina feels just like that-as something that happened in a previous life. Almost everything about North Dakota is a stark contrast to North Carolina. And that for me is a breath of fresh air. Here, I’m finally able to breathe while back in North Carolina I felt like I was suffocating.

North Carolina is a beautiful state. It has the best of both worlds: mountains and ocean. But, it also has way too many people. For us anyway. Both hubby and I grew up in small towns-he in rural Allegheny County of New York and me in a village nestled in the valley of the Adirondack Mountains.

So many people have asked me-why North Dakota?

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Back in February the answer would have been-it’s because my husband got a federal job there. Now, after spending over two months here, I have no single answer to the question.

The weather is beautiful here (even though I’ve yet to spend a winter here so check again with me sometime next year to see if I change my mind). The people are down-to-earth, hard-working, family oriented, with morals and values you would have found decades ago but now growing unfortunately rare. Kids can still run and play outside without parents having to worry about predators (if you know what I mean). My son can finally be a kid and have fun; something he rarely experienced back in North Carolina.

It is wide open here. And I’m loving it. But North Dakota is not entirely flat as people may believe. There are so many different types of terrains here, I am continuously amazed and filled with wonder by the beauty of them all. In time, I hope to share them with you so you may see as well.

Changes can be good. Going from a small house in a subdivision to a 14-acre farmstead way out in the country has been a big change for us; and so far, that’s been a very good thing. Here, I’m hoping to reclaim some of my dreams that I gave up years ago.

Here, on this road, is a new beginning. A brand new journey. I’m ready to start the trek and see where it leads me.

I hope you’ll travel along with me as well.

Life’s Battles and Writing

It’s so easy to let life in general stop you from writing or even reading.  Distractions from the home front (especially if you have children) and/or the work front abound in every corner.  They sap your time and energy.

But, what if you’re also dealing with other things that not everybody goes through?  A child with a life-threatening illness, or even your own?  A progressive disorder that’s causing you to lose one or more of your body’s abilities?  How do you cope with these and find the energy and time to write or read?  Do you even want to?

As an artist, I believe it would be even more important to continue with your creative endeavors.  But, I can only speak from my own personal experience.

I’m going blind.   Over time, I’m finding it increasingly difficult to read and write.  Depression assaults me constantly, and I’d stop doing everything which only makes me feel worse.  Misery would grow ’till I break down and write (or read) something, anything; only then do I find relief from the pain however temporary.

I’ve come to realize that I need to create, no matter what.  Even if  I completely lose my sight.  I must find a way to continue writing (and reading); else life would lose its value.

And I can’t allow that to happen.

 

 

Wednesday Tidbits

It’s been an emotional roller coaster since my last post in June.

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A dear co-worker and friend of over six years died suddenly.   I knew her health wasn’t good, and I also knew it was always a possibility….but gosh when it actually happened it hit me hard.  *Sigh*

This past Friday we had to put one of our cats to sleep.  She’s been sick (cancer of the thyroid).  She wasn’t eating.  She found it increasingly difficult to breathe.  It was an agonizing decision to make to put her to sleep; but we felt it was best for her.  She’s now in kitty’s heaven.

Pain aside, I did manage to post two additional chapters to the web horror serial, Redemption

Chapter Twenty-six

Chapter Twenty-seven

I’m going to try to enjoy my day off today by starting with a hot cup of coffee and a buttery bagel.

Happy writing everyone 🙂