And Lot’s wife, of course, was told not to look back where all those people and their homes had been.  

But she did look back, and I love her for that, because it was so human. So she was turned into a pillar of salt. So it goes.    

People aren’t supposed to look back. I’m certainly not going to do it anymore. 

I’ve finished my war book now. The next one I write is going to be fun. This one is a failure, and it had to be, since it was written by a pillar of salt. It begins like this: 

 —Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five 

 What’s a blog besides a diary meant to be shared? To be perfectly honest on the matter, I usually don’t journal well unless I expect it to be read by someone. I hate to sound presumptuous, but I’m really bad at writing down my thoughts just to be looked at by only me someday. I’d rather just throw it out there. Throw it out here. So it’s my pleasure to share blogs with you from now on and to be shared with by you.  Community and connection really are two things worth living for.  
Just so we’re on the same page, I’d like to give you a brief as to where/what I am these days: I live in Portland which I love and I’m a house manager the Bresee House which I love. The Bresee House is sponsored by the Community of Adsideo which I love. I love sharing these things with you too–so come visit sometime. Have dinner with us while you’re here.  
To continue being honest about life, love, and other mysteries, it’s been a rough few weeks for me. It seems like we should be too young for weddings, funerals, heartbreak, moving away, etc…but it would be naïve for me to really believe that.  
But rather than ‘diary’ about the past 6 weeks and expect pity, I’d love to start this blog today. Looking forward. It’s been great for me to be here while the stuff’s there–because I haven’t had a choice but to move on. Carry on. I am surrounded by people who love me, but they aren’t going to let me wallow in woe–just as I would hope to be able to help pick them out of a rut as well.  So rather than wallowing, I’ll let that be who I am and share with you where I’m going from here. 

Thanks for letting me share this with you.