November 2022

Hello and welcome to the November 2022 edition of my newsletter. I write this sitting outside at dusk. I look out on the shadows of the night, as lights from distant houses break the darkness. Itโ€™s still. Very still. The wind of last week, and that which helps to keep these islands cool, has blown itself out. I sit listening to the crickets, to a distant dog bark, occasional traffic on the nearby highway (a two lane road running the length of Mauiโ€™s north east shore). Otherwise all is still and quiet, an atmosphere that fits me well. I am home alone this evening, and sometimes silence and stillness is what I do best in. It rests me, my mind and body. It quietens me. I allow myself to sit and listen to the quiet, to feel the stillness, to let both fill me and envelope me.

My return home

Give or take a few days, I have been back from Europe for a month now. I was pleased to return. To stop living out of a suitcase, to stop moving, to be in one place - specifically home - and just ground myself, taking stock of our last six weeks on the road.

Being home, a project that I wanted to start exploring in November was one of story, my personal story. I canโ€™t say exactly what had prompted this, I think that it has been simmering for a good while. Next year I will be sixty. I am planning something for that time, to look forward, to what the next couple of decades of my life might hold. The story now was more about what have I done with my life so far? What have I learnt in the adventures that I have been blessed with? With this in mind, I decided to use NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month, as my vehicle for starting on this project. I didnโ€™t expect to get far with writing until I was back home, though the irony is that I wrote more on the journey home than I wrote for the rest of the month.

The project isnโ€™t dead though. The resolve is there. I want to see what the project will reveal. I just have to figure out the method of execution. I see some obstacles along the way - some self-inflicted (so some self-examination needed), some just what life throws at us - but better to keep an eye on the goal and navigate these as they arise. Step by step.

This monthโ€™s posts

One of the posts that I have shared this month is of a pile of letters and cards that my mother gave to me. They are writings from the road that I sent home while on my travels over the years. As I said in the post, โ€Maybe there is a story in there?โ€

I hope that you enjoy this monthโ€™s collections of posts. Please do get in touch if you have any comments or questions. Iโ€™d love to hear from you.

As ever, thank you for reading.