1. I've been worrying about the changes in church demographics... worried that I would have trouble supporting my family in the difficult career I have chosen. I've also been missing AFDA - the Academy for Dramatic Arts program that was my dream and vision and that we began in Ohio. I'd found myself thinking that I wanted to start something like that here, and that if I did, maybe on church campus, things might change either for the church or for myself. But I didn't know any drama people, any directors, that I could really work with to put something like that together. And then last week, a director called me, out of the blue, to ask about how he might start a similar program in this area...
2. I've had a dream about a co-housing situation in which people might all live in houses in a compound: each would have their own individual places, but we'd also have common places and common times. We could share some meals, create community, be there for one another in a more concrete, less individual way. This has become more real as I've found myself talking with six different individuals who are in challenging housing situations and could really benefit from something like that, from cheaper housing supplemented by a large community center, and I found myself thinking about tiny houses and a big/main house. What if I had a house on a plot of land that was big enough to add tiny houses as we needed them for folk who need a place to stay, either for a while or permanently? I shared this with a friend and found that they were really excited about the idea as well. I'm putting it out there to the Universe to see what we might do, but I see possibilities in this.
3. I had put work on my book down for awhile: too hard, too intense to face all of our story again. Yesterday, despite the fear, I picked it up and began editing. I need a real editor, so if someone is interested, let me know. It's a book about justice, and it's our story as well. Not easy. But the work has started again.
4. Today we had new people come to our adult ed at church. We've had other new people showing up at church and at other events as well.
5. And now, just a few minutes ago, I found a set of keys I had lost over the summer. As odd as it sounds, it felt like a sign: the tide is turning, things are changing for the better, new life is on the way. We've all been going through a tough time. Even when each step seems a little better, there have also been backwards steps and pain and frustration, but it feels like the season is changing. And I am seeing glimpses of the spring.
On that note, dear friends, keep calendars cleared for the week after Christmas next year... more info to follow.