While living in Virginia, I dreamed of moving to Arizona, and now, here I am in Tempe with my husband Alvaro Ibañez, our youngest daughter, and a large art collection.
After three years in the desert, we’ve realized that we can never replace our home outside of Kilmarnock Virginia, and we’re not ready to retire. Our dream of a retreat center for creative continues, and in spring 2020 we will begin events there again. My particular focus will be on Creative Aging or Artful Aging and intergenerational activities.
In Virginia, I wrote about the desert, and in Arizona I write about Virginia. Some of my writing also mentions my home state of Colorado.
My poetry often describes the feelings of living in a place that didn’t suit me, at least from my perspective at that time. In “Dry side,” I try to express my approach to the open horizons of “senior” life. The essay “A new page” talks about some of the challenges of the transition to a new life, while “Elevation” is quite hopeful.
I’m also living in two times, as I attempt to recreate the Great Depression in rural Virginia through fiction inspired by the Wharton film restoration project. One essay tells how the project helped me learn some appreciation for rural southern culture, while another shows how false assumptions can be dispelled with a little knowledge.
I’m enjoying the new experience of blogging and living in a different environment, and I expect to return to Virginia with new ideas and more energy.