Welcome (Back?) Back in Jan 2018, after a 3 year hiatus, I am started a 3rd 365. I completed my first two 365’s in 2011 and 2012. After the second year, I decided not to continue as it is a time consuming hobby and sometimes very difficult to manage throughout the year. Now here I am a couple of months away from completing my 4th 365. I love going out and composing an image to feature, every day, adding some perspective, antecdote, narrative, or description and meaning. I am by no means a professional photographer. I just enjoy the time I spend in meditative solitude, even if it is only 10 minutes. I am not everyone’s cup of tea. Most of the posts are oozing with sarcasm with the intended purpose of being humorous, and provide some much needed levity, which usually misses the mark 😳
Some background info & insights on me that won’t help, (I mean) will help to provide explanations of many of the posts. I grew up an army brat. Through the first 24 years of life, I moved 30+ times. Change was a way of life and even today I still, subconsciously, seek change. I have been teaching high school theatre for 20+ years. I have worked in the same school my entire career. I also hold a Masters in Counseling and I am currently looking into transitioning from a teacher to a counselor (probably because of that itch for change.) In fact, due to unforeseen circumstances, for the 2018 school year, I accepted a Digital Design Instructor position at our Career and Tech Center for the school system. I started my 2nd year at CTC, and my 23rd year of teaching (I started when I was 14) this fall. It is an on-going process to make such a radical change, that has taken me way out of my comfort zone. Eventually I would love to find a counseling position or take a couple of classes for licensure and become a school psychologist. In light of all the violence in high schools, it is my firm belief that school counselors need to do what they are suppose to do, guide and counsel our students. The more we get to know/work with students instead of serving just as an advisor, the number of (preventable) tragedies would dramatically decrease. We don’t need teachers with guns, we need to allow professionals to be accessible to students, full time. To get to know them in order to recognize changes in behavior and be proactive rather than ultimately ending up being reactive. Students need adults who advocate for them, who they feel safe with and trust. We don’t need action, we need prevention. And I firmly believe that adding more Counselors, across the board, which would lower the size of their caseloads, would be a lot more effective and money saving than armed staff, metal detectors, full time surveillance people and equipment, police officers, to name a few. Sorry, I’m down off my platform now.
But wait, there’s more! Not only do I teach, I am a professional actor/director/designer (although I have been on hiatus this past year . I write scripts, attend and teach workshops, private classes and conferences to continue to grow as an actor/educator and help others do the same. I have 3 amazing kids (well not kids anymore.) who have all officially flown the coup. And not just down the road either. It hasn’t always been easy. There have been some real trying times, times that tested the fabric or the family, and I still love them. I know, or hope, they feel the same way and pray that I didn’t screw them up that bad. My youngest moved the furthest away this year. And I am officially an empty nester. So continuining to the blog is a healthy distraction from the loneliness and quiet that will be amplified. The once active and entertaining home is now filled only with memories.
I was diagnosed with testicular cancer in September of 2009. It was a shock and I chose immediately to not allow it dictate my life. It was an unwelcomed guest and with a lot of strength, it was kicked out and that door was locked. I actually detailed my journey on a different blog in hopes that it may help others, fighting this coward of a disease, find the way to kick it out on its ass. If it helps inspire, guide or support just one person through their personal battle, then it will have been worth the documentation. Giving up is not, and should never be, an option. You can actually read the journal (click link at end of paragraph). Be aware, it starts with the last post and works backwards (I am still trying to figure that one out). Make sure you jump to the first post or you will think it just came out of remission! It is raw, emotional and very descriptive. I documented exactly the way I saw it and felt it and did not edit for content (even the parts where I wrote on painkillers). I Just wish I knew how to change the format. Stage struck
Other than that, my remaining child (Gracie the Golden passed in Jan 2019) Anastasia (a Husky) who is featured quite a bit, will have to fill the the void of the once bustling house. I really look forward, as I did in the past, to visiting as many blogs as I can. Last year I began a “3 of Many” now called “Look Who I Found” that links to a blogs/posts that stands out in some way, I discover every day. Sometimes you never know when a couple of kind words can dramatically change someone’s day. If you do receive an unwanted pingback, do not hesitate to let me know. And, for fun, I create a link word/phrase that is based on your post. I have no intention of undermining your own post title. I love creating titles that are a play on words which are based on your post or photos (in fact everyone of my titles for 2019 is a song title). If this bothers you just let me know. I will be more than happy to change/delete it. In addition when I have the extra time, I tend to comment on posts, and share brief exchanges with other bloggers. Please don’t feel obligated to do the same.
I look forward to visiting your blog. Thank you for sharing your valuable time to visit Proscenium. Happy blogging and keep your heart warm.