How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard. ~ from the musical “Annie”
I have agonized over this day for some time. I’ve never liked goodbyes. But they’re an inescapable part of our lives.
To all my readers and in particular my nearly 400 subscribers, I want to say how much I’ve appreciated your comments and support. I’ve always felt your presence as I worked away on my blog. I feel badly that I must now tell you that this is my last post.
I’ll keep this blog alive for another year so that you’ll still be able to access archived material. I just won’t be adding anything new.
I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished. This June marks my blog’s 5th year with 321,643 visitors , 704 posts, and 1,496 comments.
Why am I wrapping it up now? Several reasons. The most important of which is that I’ve pretty well said everything that I’ve wanted to say about personal histories. Increasingly, I’ve felt it harder to generate articles that had substance. I prefer to end on a high note rather than keep churning out stuff that is of little value.
As I rapidly approach my seventh decade, I want to focus my energies. In this regard, I will continue to mentor and support the Victoria Hospice Life Stories program I founded over five years ago. And in the Fall, I’ll begin writing a Hospice Life Stories training manual that can be used by other hospices that wish to establish a similar program. I’ll also carry on my weekly volunteer hospice shift. It’s work I find deeply satisfying.
I haven’t lost my interest in personal histories but now my focus will be primarily related to life stories in a palliative care context. I’ll continue my membership in the Association of Personal Historians. It’s a great organization. If you’re serious about being a personal historian, and haven’t yet done so, I urge you to join.
At the beginning of the year I wrote about my intentions for 2013. One of those was to create more spaciousness in my life. More space will allow me to pursue my creative interests in poetry and photography.
In addition, I want to have more time for contemplation and study with my Buddhist community at the Buddhist Insight Meditation Centre of Victoria. As a practitioner for the past 15 years, I feel drawn to apply more effort to my spiritual path. A repository for my creativity and my occasional Buddhist musings is my newly created blog, anicca.
It’s been fun writing for you and a privilege to share some of the knowledge I’ve accumulated over the years.
These words from Gordon Bok’s song Hearth and Fire express my wishes for you.
My love upon the path you tread
And upon your wanderings, peace.
Top photo: Dan Curtis personal collection Bottom photo: Robb North