As 2021 starts, these are the work, projects, and ideas that are my focus:
I’m still in the first months in my new position at the Duke Clinical Research Institute. Because of COVID-19, I continue to work from home, and with Erin’s move into a new office shed next to the house, I’ve set up my work space in the home office that looks through three big windows south to the wooded lot across the gravel driveway.
That wooded lot that I look out to from the desk is our lot, and over the last year we’ve worked with a surveyor, a lawyer, and the county to combine that lot with a strip of land from another lot we purchased (and then sold to a family member who will soon build a new house). Now we’re ready to start designing and building a new house in the southeast corner of this land we own.
I’ve spent the last year learning about microphones and digital audio editing, and soon I’ll be using my office space as a recording studio to produce a series of audio stories such as this tribute to the recently departed Richard Gildenmeister.
I’m on my twenty-first year of this blog, and I will continue to chronicle my life and the world around me. For the first two decades, I most often wrote about my past experiences — about my service as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Vanuatu, about my grandfathers and how their writings inspired me — but COVID-19 and 2020 and other influences have shifted my gaze away from nostalgia and to what’s in front of me right here and right now.
Updated 01/03/21 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
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