Summer Sabbatical Over

The summer is nearly over and so is my writing sabbatical. I didn’t really plan to take a sabbatical but it kind of worked out that way.

It has been pretty busy here around the last four months. There have been a lot of life changes but for the most part positive and definitely needed. For the first time in a long time, I am really excited about the prospects and direction my life is heading. If you have followed my story, the last five to six years have brought along a lot of changes and it took quite a bit of work to get myself to where I wanted to be in my life personally and professionally. But with some hard work, perseverance, tough choices, accountability, and new direction, I am getting closer each day to where I want to be.

Allow me to recap:

April – I finished up work on the One Act Festival I participated in with Stage Door Productions. One Acts are short plays that are about ten to fifteen minutes in length. I directed one and acted in another. It was a lot of fun. What else…oh yeah, I announced I was leaving my job to take another position in northwest Virginia.


Clowning around at rehearsal

May – I left my job and began my new position. This required me to undergo four weeks of training as well as a commute of about 1 hour and 15 minutes each way as I started to look for a new home.

June – I passed my training which was a requirement to be able to have the job. No pass = no job. We had to take a four hour test concerning the applications of the job and to score at least 80%. I scored 92% so I was on my way. And, I purchased a home! This also required me to move from my apartment. Moving is no fun but in this case it sure was worth it! After five years, I am a homeowner again and I am so excited! I love working around the house and in the yard!


What a monumental day for me to open the door to my new home for the first time!

July and August – I continued to acclimate to my new surroundings both personally and professionally! Projects around the house to make it my own keep me super busy! I bought a 2013 4wd Dodge Ram to be able to work on the house and deal with the snow (I live in the mountains)! I’m also writing a murder mystery play for a friend which I am hoping I can get published!


This guy and I are having so much fun together!

Unfortunately, in late August, we lost my paternal grandmother. It is sad to lose her but we are proud to honor her life, legacy, and memory. She lived to be 94.5 years old and we remember her through the legacy she has left through her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

September – Time to get back to writing!

So there has been a lot to celebrate and it has all been the result of hard work and a willingness to want to grow and change. I feel very proud. I earned it. There were tough times but I persevered and I grew. I feel stronger now and I feel like I am where I need to be as a person. I keep in mind that as tough as some of those experiences were, I needed to experience them to be able to have the courage to admit I had some issues to address that I needed to improve on.

The rewards are sweet because of the work.

Hope your summer was good and you are well. I am looking forward to reading your work and interacting with everyone again. Thanks for your patience and as always, thanks for being a part of my community.



Childhood Homes

I am intrigued by abandoned places. I suppose the mystery of why it was abandoned and the history of the building is what fills me with wonder. I often think of what memories were made within those walls and how the structure looked in its prime.

I’ve written about this topic before such as my visit to Salem Church or my road trip through Pennsylvania in 2014. I even pondered these topics about my own childhood home which was up for sale again recently.

Inspired by a local abandoned Renaissance Fair I recently learned about, which I will post on later, I discovered a gem from a guy who visited his childhood home after he discovered that it is going to be torn down soon. The gentlemen took his video camera and went room to room filming the abandoned farm house. As he reminisced about growing up there, in post, he spliced in photographs from the time that his family lived there, showing the viewer the contrast of the house’s current state and happier times. The video is very poignant and bittersweet. I’m not sure where in Virginia the house is but it is stunningly beautiful, even in its dilapidated state. The old farm house features dual staircases as well as fireplaces in nearly every room. I don’t know how old it is but I would guess perhaps it was built shortly after the Civil War.

The video is about 9 minutes long but if you can spare the time, I would greatly encourage you to view it. It is something that will likely resonate with all of us as we all were all once young and had someplace where we grew up – someplace that was special – someplace we called home.