Tag: california

Transition

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As the bright heat wanes
And the wind builds
Dreamy cloud kingdoms
In the late September sky
I watch
The summer daylight
Slowly engulfed
By the growing darkness
I feel
The pull of fall
And think of
What it brings –
The muted vitality
Of oaks and maples
Apple trees laden
With the last summer fruit
And the stillness
Of butterfly and dragonfly wings
As autumn frost
Descends
Upon the fading green land.

 

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I am sorry that I have been away from my blogs for so long.  As some of you know, I take care of my elderly father who has a variety of health problems related to diabetes. I spent many days in August taking him to the hospital for both his regular doctor appointments and for some additional tests for a new health problem. I may have to disappear from my blogs again if more health problems arise.

In addition, I came across what seemed to be a promising freelance illustration gig in early September, but unfortunately things did not work out well in the end. I will talk more about it in my next post, which will be a reblog from my artwork portfolio.

Escape

fire escape in Sacramento, California

Cubicle free
In open air
My mind ascends
Toward
That patch of blue
Searching for something
Beautiful and true
A world without walls
Beyond the fear and necessity
That boxes us in
No more boundaries
Set by hate and sin
A new order
That rises
From tear-stained earthly ruins
A new meaning
That lasts
Long after
My blue reverie
Is through.

First Day of Spring

Lilac blossoms and butterfly March 2016
Lilac blossoms and butterfly
March 2016
Sacramento, California

 

Delightful drifter
Seeing your colorful wings
Melts my gray winter thoughts
Before you flutter away
Let me share
Your fleeting joy
Of a green world
Emerging from the ice
Of bright blossoms
Fragrant and new
Gently cascading
Toward the earth
This first day
Of spring.

 

Happy Spring! 🙂 I am sorry that I am behind on posting new material and getting back to people. I am in the middle of a graphic design project right now, and a small writing project came up last week. I also have to work on income taxes for the year. I hope to have more time for blogging in mid-April. For those of you who celebrate it, have a Happy Easter too! 🙂

Barber No More

Delux Barber Shop
Delux Barber Shop
October 2015
Sacramento, California

 

Delux Barber Shop Sign
Delux Barber Shop Sign
October 2015
Sacramento, California

 

Whenever I see closed down shops like this, I find myself thinking about how the shops must have looked when they first opened. I imagine the excitement of the business owner during the grand opening and the hopes and dreams that he or she had in the beginning. I think about the regular customers coming in and out of the shop, sharing their hopes and dreams and maybe their sorrows with the owner and the other regular customers. Then I think about the years passing by and the hard times that might have led to the closure of the shop. Most of the time I feel sad seeing something abandoned, but sometimes it is not bad for something to come to an end. Who misses a lousy job or a miserable relationship? I like to be optimistic and think that the owner moved on to something better.

Vampire Penguin

photo of a food place named Vampire Penguin

 

I have not forgotten about my blog! : )  I am just behind schedule because I am in the middle of a freelance project. While I try to catch up with people, I hope you enjoy this photo that I took a few days ago. It is a restaurant located in downtown Sacramento.

Through the Dark Woods

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I post this picture because it is a metaphor for my misfortune. I feel like I have been walking in a dark wood trying to find my way out of an unhappy situation.

 

My dear readers and followers,

I am sorry that I have been absent from my blog for the past few weeks. My blog does not have a huge following, but the people who follow my blog are loyal visitors who come by to see my posts week after week. Some of you have even become my friends, and I value your friendship very much. That is why I feel I need to give you some explanation about why I have not been blogging lately.

Conditions at my current job have been deteriorating for the past few months. First my project manager disappeared. He took some kind of computer coding boot camp course, and then he never returned. Then one computer in our office disappeared, and then a second one was taken away after that. Eventually the office phone vanished too.

My graphic design work assignments soon disappeared after my project manager did. After a few weeks with literally nothing to do, I started looking for another job. It has not been easy trying to find another job, and I did not want to quit until I found one. The weeks stretched into months. The only promising job lead I had after sending out countless resumes and applications resulted in an odd job interview at a marketing firm. It was close to Halloween, and most of the people in that office were wearing Halloween costumes. I was interviewed by someone wearing footed pajamas and a pacifier hanging around her neck as well as another person wearing a karate outfit. They seemed interested in my graphic design work, but I did not get a call back. I guess I was not weird enough to fit in. This month I was finally able to land a freelance writing job, but it required me to do a trial assignment and then work on two writing projects with tight deadlines while I was still working at my graphic design job. It is more of a side gig than a full-fledged job, but so far it has been going well.

I am thankful to have this side gig after what happened today at work. Today the FBI raided all of the offices of the nonprofit organization that I work for. I was detained along with the rest of my co-workers in an assembly hall. The FBI agents did not say much about why they were there. The only explanation that I could gather from my co-workers and the FBI agents is that it involved the immigration and adult adoption services provided by my employer. Some of my co-workers and I were released after about an hour or so because we did not work in the immigration and adult adoption services department and had no knowledge of what was going on there, although the FBI agents required us to leave contact information with them in case they want to question us later on. While we were detained, I told my supervisor that I quit.

I need a little recovery time, but I hope to catch up with people and post some new material on my blog soon. Until then, I hope you have a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!