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Resurface, Reboot and Relocate

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There was nothing left to say. 
Nothing remotely interesting  happening to write about. 
Not passionate about any one thing enough to write about it.
That's the reason why there is this big gap in time since the last post. Nearly a year. 
In that time, I've continued to lead classes at the Washington English Center. I was selected to be a volunteer at the National Museum of African American History and Culture opening in September. I'm hoping maybe the experience there will inspire me to write again. I've been working as a contractor, writing  and editing abstracts for an industry newsletter that's published at 9 am. I've mostly stopped posting on FaceBook, unless something truly moving, surprising, stunning or just plain joyful happens and I can't resist sharing. I get up every weekday morning before 4:30 to start work. I try to go to bed early,  but mostly do not succeed and I still resent not being able to stay up until the wee hours of the morning. I a…

Two Days, Three Neighbors, Ugly Space Transformed Into Mini Garden

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You never know what might happen when you actually make contact with your neighbors.
I commented in passing to the couple who lives on the front of our tiny community  on how lovely their tiny garden space is. That got them talking, for the first time since I moved here just before the turn of the century. Him,  I'd said "hello" to when our paths crossed near the gate. Her, I'd never said anything at all.
 But the icebreaker opened the floodgates and I learned not only her name (his I knew because he's active in HOA) but that they'd  just launched a landscaping firm and were doing small spaces. I also learned that it's the beginning of the plan for their "second act." As I've already begun my second act, I was really interested in their story. Long story short, before I learned of their new vocation, I mentioned that I longed to do something with this barren patch outside my garage.

Before long, they were offering to help me achieve my goal…