To those kind friends and followers of Earth Stone Station I’d like to explain my sudden disappearance and lack of communication over the past few months.
For two years I kept a promise to myself to follow through and write something every week. The original intent for the blog was to promote sustainability and the Lower Farm, my property in New Mexico. Those ideas shifted a bit as writing progressed and considering the fact that I am now living/working on the Big Island of Hawaii in a different environment than my home in the southwest. What I was able to write about pertained to ideas, thoughts and adventures that might bring awareness to the beauty of the Earth. As you all know keeping up with a blog can be time consuming and no matter how much passion one has, self imposed deadlines can induce stress.
I started to question the quality and impact of my efforts towards writing. My concentration was on research and the task, I was losing sight of the Art. My intellectual hobby which brought in no additional income had become demanding of time that might be spent at other pursuits. Perhaps I would reduce the writing to twice a month I thought. Take a break. That is not what happened though.
Chemotherapy. Earlier in the year I had surgery on my lower intestines. The operation was minor, although it was my first invasive procedure ever. As a precaution the oncologist recommended Chemotherapy treatment. I complied. The six month end is now in sight. I am grateful for the good health I’ve enjoyed throughout my life, however the past few months have been horrid with the side effects of chemo. Never have I felt so ill. Any interest I had in anything was gone. Television news and politics became an engaging escape while I spent hours on the sofa. Apathy and procrastination were other side effects of chemotherapy to deal with. Today I feel better.
I have another couple rounds of treatment scheduled and then I can concentrate on the recovery of mind, body and spirit. Become balanced again. I look forward to that. My creative muse has been absent for too long. Today I feel better and at last find pleasure in sitting with a keyboard in hand. My goal for now is to keep it simple, go through some photographs of last years excursions and get back to writing about our world and the beauty of the Earth. I’ve got a couple things in the works and will be posting soon.
To all of the readers around the globe…Aloha. I thank you all for the support you have shown over the past few years in your comments and by following my attempts to bring awareness and respect for all species. I am humbled to be in such talent and company as yourselves. Best regards. I’ll be with you soon.