You may have noticed just how quiet I have been here on my website. Other than posting upcoming events, I have made few contributions to the site. I have been extra busy since September 202o after one big event set in motion a bunch of other events. And it is all good stuff (which is nice to hear no doubt in a year of many difficult times for most of us.)
The short version: My husband, Glen, received a Fulbright Fellowship to help develop a special creative writing program for high school students in a township outside of Pretoria, South Africa. Because of Covid this was postponed from June 2020 to the fall to January 2021 and now June 2021.
We began to plan the move, and decided to put our house of 10 years up for sale. We lived in an area where it could take years to sell a house. Well Covid changes everything. It sold within two days. I joke how we accidentally sold our house.
The fall was filled with packing up the place and decision making for our next steps. After the closing, we rented a house across the street from my childhood home in Lake Huntington, NY. We were there all of November and December, close to my sister, cousins, and very good friends. With the help of an outdoor fire pit, we regularly hosted safe social gatherings even in the bitter cold.
Even though the Fulbright was postponed, we figured we could just go to South Africa and wait it out while also getting settled. Glen’s parents live in the Northeast of the country, so Glen found a wonderful long-term AirBnB in Waterval Boven, in the mountains in Mpumalanga Province. The area is known for its hills with spectacular views. Also there are ancient stone circle ruins nearby and many farms with wonderful fresh produce.
After going through many many hoops, we arrived in South Africa on January 9th. Now I maintain my base here as I produce radio programs and podcasts and even present virtual on-line workshops, consultations, and performances.
Now that we are settled in place, I will post more regularly. I am very excited about the recent podcast episodes I have produced with some pretty amazing guests and content.
I have included photos from my new world.