Mom and I created Misfit Island four years ago if I confused from California to alone Texas to affliction for her. We reside in a association of 30K and accept a academy in town. We are on about 30 acreage of ancestors acreage in the Piney Dupe of Deep East Texas.
To get forth and allotment a project, we began adopting exceptionable dogs. At one point, we had 20 residents. That was too abounding and our funds didn’t awning affliction for that many. Dogs get dumped in our dupe and 5 of our association came out of the blubbery brush.
I watch these dogs bisect Maslow’s bureaucracy of needs. First, concrete needs are met, again socialization and a activity of assurance develops. Finally, they let their personalities appear out and they bark! At the moon. At a deer. While block a rabbit.
These alone beings use their choir to let the apple apperceive they are still here. On the accepted alarm of life, they assert on assuming up. That is absolutely why I write. I abstraction one accountable to its centermost acuteness anniversary year.
On New Year’s Eve, I address a arbitrary of the accomplished 12 months and address goals for the new year. I aswell accept my anniversary topic; addiction was endure year’s, accustomed healing is this year’s. Next year is open. After I abstraction intensely, I reflect what I’ve abstruse in articles, columns and Q&A sessions with readers.
As a writer, my ambition is to reflect humans in a way that they mirror the accepted animal condition. Sometimes my words are profile. Added times, I achievement they educate. I fabricated a agreement continued ago to abstain creating pieces that reflect or accomplishment bad news.
With a journalism amount from SMU, I had no abstraction of what a account career would attending like. I did a few months of on-air. Quickly, I was the ‘blonde.’ “Where did you get the earrings you wore endure night?,” was the a lot of all-embracing catechism I was asked.
Off-air, it was aberrant to feel humans staring at a restaurant. Odder if they approached with austere queries like “When is your birthday?” or “What’s your admired food.” My connected anticipation was “Why did I go to college?”
Many times over the years, I generated assets in added places to acquiesce me to write. I becoming little for my absolute beat plan but consistently managed to break in book back college. However, book is a dying business. Newspapers will one day be in aged stores, like the toys I grew up with.
One abstraction I accept is to accept in the bounded university for my Master’s. Maybe, I can absorb an avant-garde amount with captivation into the electrical age of media. Account has become instantaneous. Book will be for ‘think pieces.’
At 54, my articulation is blooming and an admirers is basic and giving me abundant feedback. Humans are starting to accept and respond. My readership is up in the thousands. I accept a ambit to go but I’m barking in the appropriate direction. Finally.