I Paint. I Write.
Several years ago I was at a legal hearing—I was one of 5 witnesses in a business matter. The judge asked me about my work for the company. I said ‘writer’ trying to keep my answer short so we could all get out of there.
“What do you write?” he says.
“Boring stuff mostly – business and ops documents, exec ebooks, marketing copy …”, I shrugged bored with the definition of my response.
Finally, we were all done and excused by the judge and filed past him like a herd of cows. As I passed him he spoke to me—the judge was saying something. I turned toward him and said, “I’m sorry I didn’t hear you.”
He smiled and repeated his words, “I think you should write something else.”
OMG. The judge had personal advice for me! A random comment that mattered to me more than he would ever know! His comment came at just the right time in my life—an unofficial mentor. And no, I really don’t think that was a flirt. Why would he bother? I was walking out of a court room not sitting at a bar staring at my Caribbean Martini. Besides, I am well over the age of incoming random flirts. Serendipity. So, I did start writing personal and better things and many excerpts can be found here.
Some of you know me from the next part of that story. I bought a tiny trailer, called it the Writer’s Retreat and traveled by myself for 16 months in 2014-2015 documenting much of it at my old website: Live Laugh Roll. I stopped for a while in southern Arizona and not long after the trailer was destroyed in a flash flood that hit the storage facility where it was parked.
In 2016 I went to Costa Rica for several months where my son and I bought some property.
In 2018 I went to Spain. When I got back I decided I wanted to retire there and just write and paint and maybe take a client or two. That was supposed to happen at the end of 2020 – and then all our plans got slammed. Between the pandemic and the shattered elbow those plans have been postponed until 2021. In the meantime, I keep busy with clients, writing, art, and documenting some of it here.
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