It’s not that I’ve lost interest in blogging. In fact, I have an endless supply of stories to tell and photos to share.
But the requisites of life care not for personal endeavors.
I’m the youngest person at our family farm. I should add that I’m the youngest by decades. And I’m the healthiest person here—healthiest despite back surgery, knee surgery, sinus surgery, leukemia, and all that jazz.
But this is a real farm with real livestock and real work to be done: animals to be fed and cared for, pastures to be tended, fences to be put up or fixed, crops to be grown and nurtured, vehicles and equipment to be maintained, pets to be managed, meals to be cooked, supplies to be acquired, technology to be administered…
And yet this is also a household with real needs beyond the farm: be the copy editor for family newsletters and stories; take care of everyone’s cell phones, satellite internet, computers and modems and routers and printers/scanners/fax machines; find the best deal for this, that or the other; fix televisions and satellite TV services; plant and care for flowers and bushes and fruit trees and vegetables and whatnot; find solutions to rodent problems that plague gardens and households and livestock and…
Well, let’s just say that this is a real farm and a real household with real work and real needs and a diminishing lack of able bodies.
In my “spare” time I’m still writing books, still snapping photos, still looking for paid work I can do without taking away from the farm, still being there for my parents and family through their increasing health issues, still hoping for another visit with my nieces and nephews and brothers and sister and aunts and uncles and…
Well… Still wishing life had dealt me a more manageable hand than the one I have to play, still thinking that I’ll catch a break as soon as the universe realizes it gave me bad cards, still trying to maintain a poker face whilst clinging to sanity.
Nevertheless, blogging and photography and… Well—again—let’s just say that my aspirations cower behind a deck stacked against them, and they and I don’t seem to have any input into the deal or play of cards.
To wit, I want to do this but I have to do that.
I want to write more, publishing books and novellas and articles. I want to delve into people photography, whether for profit or for fun. I want to continue my nature photography, published or otherwise. I want to keep abreast with technology and remain an expert in that arena, able to deal with any question or need no matter the platform. I want to set aside my work for the people—Well, let’s just say that I want to focus on personal efforts instead of what’s required of me by the populace (who need me but don’t even know they need me).
Only I’m not someone’s bitch, not time’s nor life’s nor the world’s. So here’s where I take control of my digital existence. Or so I tell myself.
Because—let’s be honest here—we spin our webs and catch our prey without a thought for what we control. We live life sans a care for what we feel, let alone for what we manage.
And the rays of light carry us from moment to moment, from morning to morning, from here to there.
We jump our fences. We find our way through the mayhem of what is and what comes.
We bloom when nothing matters, when nothing counts, when the world measures itself for naught.
We stand upon the blooms we discount only because they hold us up and carry us forward.
We march forward without a care for the world.
We flit from here to there so we can consume sustenance, so we can survive.
We rest. We lie comfortably so we can rest. And we rest.
We stand out from the crowd when we’re nothing more than what is.
And we catch a peek when we can. We look upon what is and accept that we are what was.
Because we’re more than what we thought, we’re more than what we believed. In the end, we are more.
Thus, I’m more.
And I want to be more.
And I will be more.
Because I’m going to move forward.
I’m going to win.
I’m going to survive.
I’m going to overcome.
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- Black & yellow argiope (a.k.a. yellow garden spider; Argiope aurantia) – female
- Crepuscular rays
- White-tailed deer (a.k.a. whitetail deer; Odocoileus virginianus)
- Texas dandelion (a.k.a. false dandelion, Carolina desert-chicory, leafy false dandelion or Florida dandelion; Pyrrhopappus carolinianus)
- Prairie fleabane (a.k.a. daisy fleabane or rough fleabane; Erigeron strigosus)
- Giant stag beetle (a.k.a. American stag beetle; Lucanus elaphus) – male
- Zebra swallowtail (a.k.a. black-barred swallowtail; pawpaw butterfly or kite swallowtail; Eurytides marcellus)
- Blue-fronted dancer (Argia apicalis) – brown morph female
- Ruby-throated hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) – leucistic female
- Green anole (a.k.a. Carolina anole; Anolis carolinensis) – female