Medium saved me after the 2016 U.S. presidential election. I don’t recall how I found this community. Perhaps, it found me. When all felt desperately hopeless, this became my home and refuge.
Nearly four years later, I own two publications: Weeds & Wildflowers and R.E.A.D.I.N.G. WAR. Weeds & Wildflowers has been the recipient of my attention while R.E.A.D.I.N.G. WAR has languished, but I plan to change that soon. I’m also an editor for SnapShots and House of Haiku.
By trade, I am a contract bookkeeper, a career that serves me well but is losing its luster. Making rich people richer is not what I want for my legacy.
I am officially a senior citizen and love it. Freedom and creativity often arrive in later years. Thanks to the pandemic, I’ve decreased my weekly business work hours from 50+ to less than 25, leaving me more time to concentrate on my writing and photography.
My relationship with writing began when I was nine. We broke up in my 20s, during an earlier marriage when life was too difficult, and we didn’t reunite until Medium staged an intervention.
Photography was a late-in-life interest. I have almost no technical knowledge, but, as a professional photographer once told me, I have an eye. I see photographic opportunities others miss. Light and color fascinate me.
I am loved by a wonderful man who makes my happiness his goal. We live in a lakeside townhome in Florida, along with one dog and two cats. Sadly, we lost three pets in the first half of this year —a dog and two guinea pigs. All of my pets over the years were rescues.
I have an adopted daughter, who gifted me with a grandson and a granddaughter. They lived with us for six years, but are now far away. My heart will never stop missing them.
Flaming liberal is how one of my conservative clients characterizes me, and I wear that label proudly, doing what I can to further the causes for equality, justice, education, universal healthcare, and human/animal rights. I am against all things Trump because he is against all that I hold dear and all that is decent, truthful, and admirable.
These days, I search for tranquility in my little world because the bigger one has no peace. I pay attention to what appears small and inconsequential, for it’s there that wisdom lies.
© Dennett 2020