It’s been two months since my last post, which is obviously far too long a gap. There was the rest of that thirteen-day, 4,000-mile road trip, during which I saw a lot more of the country than I’d ever seen before, had some stressful experiences (two deer running across the road in front of my car while I was doing 65 mph trying to outrun a huge storm in Kansas), and had some relaxing experiences (sitting under a ramada at the Mabel Dodge Luhan House, sketching and listening to the murmur of the water of the acquecia running below in Taos, NM), before returning home and spending some time dealing with chaos in my physical environment, which I’d ignored for far too long. That was September.
I’m still working on the chaos within the walls of my house, but there is noticeable improvement, and I’m also back to figuring out how to make this writing gig work for me. I began writing short posts for Things To Do Lancaster in October, and have a few more lined up, and will likely continue to come up with others. Please, feel free to take a look.
When I was doing some freelancing a few years ago, I was also writing about Lancaster for Lancaster-based publications. I enjoy writing about where I live, probably because, for the most part, I enjoy where I live. I am realizing, though, that I’d like to write about where I live for a wider audience, and from a wider perspective. It’s fun to let people know about things that are available for them to do and see in the city and county, and I’ll continue to do that, but I’m also interested in exploring where we are going, and how we are changing with the future in mind. People are not always eager to embrace change, simply because it means having to get used to doing things differently than they were doing them before, but change happens, one way or another, so we might as well try to be intentional about it.
Tonight I attended the kickoff event for the new comprehensive plan for Lancaster County: places2040, and I am very glad I did, because it gave me one more piece of this puzzle of how to approach writing about where I live. I want to continue to get specific about what is available to us, which is what I’ve been doing over at Things To Do, but I also want to talk more generally about where we fit into the wider world, and how the things that are happening here will benefit us in the same way they’ve been benefitting other places doing similar things.
I’m still tinkering with how all of this is going to work, but I’m definitely feeling a little closer to figuring out what I’m figuring out than I had been, so I’m calling that progress.