In May a year ago, I thought I had written enough about the various topics in management of interest to me. I knew I was becoming repetitive at that point. Yet, assuming people wouldn’t have read every single article on this blog, repetition doesn’t carry a huge risk. It’s for the sake of my own mind that I needed to take a long break. Still, I anticipated the possibility that I would occasionally want to espouse some points-of-view on topics that tickle my interests. So, I kept the doors ajar.
Part of the reason I knew I’d still post articles from time to time was my commitment to our local newspaper, which picked up my blog articles two years after I started the TASO site. So, after I slowed down writing for my own blog, I continued for the newspaper and for a while could recycle my older articles on TASO, but only the ones that were general and not based on some current hot topics of the time. And yet, when a certain topic demands immediate attention, such as the article exposing Amazon’s inner working culture, I feel compelled to ride the wave. In such cases, I write some fresh articles and post simultaneously on my blog as well as for my local newspaper.
The “farewell” this time has a little more staying momentum. After my husband’s retirement at the end of this year, we will be moving to central Oregon. We did not choose to move because of an unpleasant experience in our current community – in fact, we still love northern New Mexico enormously – but we decided to try an experiment: For the first time in our lives, apart and together, we will be moving to a place because we want to be there, rather than because of our professional commitments, even though these commitments have brought us joy as well. Our future community has many similarities to where we are now, dry climate, open space, mountains, lots and lots of outdoor activities to offer. The major differences are that there is a real river with year-round constant flow right through the city, and the annual precipitation is fairly even throughout the year. In addition, it’s a new-ish city with a youthful energy which we desire. We retire due to our biological age, not our minds’.
Neither of us knows exactly what we’ll be pursuing, and that’s terribly exciting. I will continue paint and write, though the contents of these activities are likely to evolve into different directions and domains. But I will also pursue new subjects for sure.
Since the publisher of my local newspaper has graciously invited me to submit writing whenever the mood seizes me, after I settle in our new home, I probably will reappear in TASO again…somewhen in 2017. Whenever you think of this site, please check in again occasionally come next year, won’t you? Till then,
Staying Sane and Charging Ahead.
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