Before the year ends. . .

The thing that has made a big difference in my life is keeping promises to myself. No matter how long it takes, no matter how much procrastination I forgive myself for, I keep my promises. I also do not make promise I won’t keep.

I have a friend, mentor, much loved supporter who is a fabulous photographer. She has for the last few years encouraged, begged, lambasted me into doing a photography blog. I said: I will, i will promise. I promise. That promise mixed with other awareness and suggestions have me home, New Years Eve blogging the new year in.

I turned 50 this year. My son turned 30. I became a grandmother (grAMMI). I am a year and half cancer-free (I do not say survivor for I have a genetic thing called FAP).  I have had praise for my poetry but no publishers. I have been out of work for two years now. . . but the house is paid for, the cars are old but run. My Charlie is old but gigs (bass player, fascinating rhythm)

I am a New Englander, died in the wool Irish-Catholic who lives in the middle of Texas. I have her a family-community that is second to none. They show up in ways that have been so generous I have been brought to tears.  I was raised by a father who loved books and a mother who studied and loved photography. They both had deep flaws but those passions and those flaws combined with my own varied and a sundry experiences make me who I am. They inform my voice and focus my vision.  I hope you’ll stop by and chat. I promise to be around.

Toast to you and the rest of it.

4 thoughts on “Before the year ends. . .

  1. Biddy Irwin January 2, 2011 / 6:00 AMJan

    Yeah… about time. Not sure what a palimpsest is but its a good beginning.

  2. Biddy Irwin January 1, 2011 / 6:00 PMJan

    Yeah… about time. Not sure what a “palimpsest” is but so far so good. Happy New Year

    • ammiblog January 2, 2011 / 6:00 AMJan

      Quick definition of palimpsest: a parchment or the like from which writing has been partially or completely erased to make room for another text.

      Those monks and nuns did not waste anything!

  3. Carole B January 1, 2011 / 6:00 PMJan

    AMMI, you are a example of strength for us to follow, a mentor to teach us (all kinds of things….good and bad), and most of all a “hero” of a special kind to all your friends. Looking forward to a lot more posts by you. Love you! 🙂

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