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Archive for February, 2008

The Writer’s subscriptions on podiobooks exceeded my expectations.  Martha (a.k.a., former roomie and part of Dancing Cat Studios creative team) informed us at the end of January that between DCS, iTunes, and Podiobooks, Serve It Cold had more than 1100 subscriptions!  Wow!  Incredible for a first effort — a GREAT first effort.  My thanks to the creator/writer, the creative brainiacs (Martha & Paul), the creative genius actors, and the krewe at PodioBooks.

Spite is in its next-to-last edit/rewrite currently, so things are hopping around here.  Martha visited with us last weekend on her way to her mom’s 80th birthday celebration, and she brought her podcasting equipment with her, so there’s more interview coming.  Not sure where it will be posted, but she will let us know when and where and I will post here.  Ronnie got two articles out this week, so look on his site for those.  Gavin posted his Japanese Duck article to a listserv called “BirdChat” and he got lots of good feedback from those guys out there who read that list.  And, at our weekly supper with Ron’s mom, Faye, and our friend Beth, as we were walking across the restaurant to be seated, someone stopped Ron and said, “Hey, you’re Ronnie Blackwell, that guy that writes about birds!”  Wow.

This week, we go on Tuesday at noon to Main Street Methodist Church to talk to their senior lunch group.  So far, about 75 have registered for the lunch and learn session.  Wow. Busy.  It’s a great life!

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Silver City Refrain

I didn’t get the job. Ho-hum…

The disappointment hit me like a ton of brick when I got the letter, and it took me a few days (during which I was a total b@(**@# to really process what the disappointment was about. I think it was the chance at a new start somewhere where people didn’t know me, the excitement of re-creating who I am, the challenge of beginning anew. All the things that come with life-changing. I had designed a new house, dreamed of a new job, fantasized about a new life…yet still dreaded letting go of this one here. So, now I don’t have to, and I’ve realized that I can still have all the other things, too.

I have a new job that I just haven’t let myself commit to since I’ve been in New Mexico all but physically. Now, I can let go and have some fun right here at Southern Miss. I don’t want to leave all my life here behind and there are still many things I love about this community. Now, I need to celebrate those. AND I get to keep Faye and my house and I can keep slogging towards my 25 at USM and retirement.

So, today, with Martha on her way up from the coast to visit and Ron on his way home from the Audubon field trip, I have an hour or two on my hands to myself. Here is my prayer today (thank you, Jim Burton):

Saint Theresa’s Prayer
May today there be peace within.
May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.
May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you.
May you be content knowing you are a child of God.
Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love.
It is there for each and every one of us.

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