A year ago this week, I carefully reviewed my inaugural blog post for about the 500th time and finally launched it live. Over the next 52 weeks, I tried to stay on course with a post a week. I’ve loved both the content and the intent of the blog. I’ve shared everything from taking over the checkbook for an aging parent to the creative ways of bringing the “smells” of baseball to residents in nursing homes. I’ve also enjoyed being able to bring humor to the table at times.
And don’t get me started on the people I have “met” along the way. Brilliant, generous, kind and funny readers and writers who share wise comments and a ton of support.
Sadly, however, within those very same 365 days, the world changed profoundly. We are all struggling with and adjusting to new rules and new normals. The losses have been heartbreaking. On a personal level, my world changed too. Diagnosed with cancer several months ago, I am in the middle of various treatments. I’d be lying if I didn’t say it’s taken a toll. And with the current state of my immune system, getting the virus is an added worry.
So, at this anniversary point, I feel like it’s the perfect moment to take a step in a new direction. Life has changed a lot so it makes sense. I want to expand the variety of topics I share on the blog. This doesn’t mean that I will stop writing stories about an aging parent, but I do want to add to them. Current events? Baseball? Pop culture? Nature? Health? I want to leave the door open a little wider to see what new ideas may wander in.
I hope to update the home page to reflect this change, but I have to be realistic with my limited pockets of energy (clearly, I’m in one now.) They come and go. I’ll get there.
Thanks for sticking with me over the course of my first year and (hopefully) into my second. The door is always open for any tips or suggestions.
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