Transitions

Earlier this year, I decided to move away from my long time profession in administration. I have a small creative bone that is itching to be scratched.

The problem is multi-fold. I want to write. I want to create/craft. I want to photograph. I want to sing.

The writing I want to do is both non-fiction, and poetry. I want to write about how I got through the struggles with my younger son, and his suicide. I want to get the truth out there about what he went through. I want to offer a little bit of hope to other parents in a position like mine.

The poetry, so far, has been related to Bryan’s death. I almost have enough pieces for a basic chapbook. I want to publish it and continue writing. Then, there is that creative, hands-on bone.

I really enjoy taking discarded things and transforming them into usable pieces or new art. The rush I got transforming the broken coffee table into the coat rack was addictive! I also have another piece I’m trying to work on.

I do some very basic photography, primarily landscape and florals. I love it, too. I am “jonesing” for a short trip to grab new photos.

I probably have six weeks to put in with my current contract, before I can shutter the administrative consulting work and move on. I want to develop a desk manual for whomever comes in after me. I have to clear out and do some work on the replacement office space. That shouldn’t take too long. But, it keeps me from working on the other things I want to do so badly! LOL

Ah – it is a great problem to have, in the end.

Something different to look at.

Something different to look at.

Mixed Greens

I forgot to tell you!

Some of my art has been accepted into the Habitat ReStore Mixed Greens Art and Craft Show, April 20-21, 2013.

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I have four mounted photos I call “Windows.” Two are desert scenes from Arizona and two are forest scenes from West Virginia.

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I also have a recycled student desk. I have a few more things to do with it.

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The event will be at the ReStore in Charleston, WV. Even if you don’t plan to purchase anything, I hope you will stop by.

Snow, Buds, and Cat

We had a pretty good snow in West Virginia this weekend. Of course, it’s winter. I haven’t gone out much, but I did take a notion to get some photos of a bush I have that sets buds early. I can’t remember the name of the bush. We just call it “Stupid Bush” because it blooms in cold weather.

A little snow on the leaves.

A little snow on the leaves.

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This bush sets buds in the late fall, almost winter.

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The cluster of buds don’t seem to mind the cold.

My youngest cat, Abey, enjoys the snow, in small doses. She is spoiled rotten, and can be quite vocal for a cat.

Abey enjoys the snow, in small doses.

Abey enjoys the snow, in small doses.