Blog post after a long drought

News on the career transition scene. I am starting a new job next month. Shifting more towards archives and record-keeping and less towards traditional (and academic) librarianship, though I hope to keep a toe, if not a foot, in the library door.  More on that later…

Drove home to Greensboro, NC last weekend for a funeral.  My maternal grandfather had four daughters and one daughter-in-law and now they have all joined the ancestors. There is a certain celebration of their lives., especially on Mother’s Day. All strong and determined women. But a certain sadness remains. Missing them. Wishing to hear those voices again, in our ears and not just inside our heads.

“So live that when thy summons comes to join
The innumerable caravan that moves
To that mysterious realm, where each shall take
His chamber in the silent halls of death,
Thou go not. like the quarry-slave at night,
Scourged to his dungeon, but sustained and soothed
By an unfaltering trust, approach thy grave
Like one who wraps the drapery of his couch
About him, and lies down to pleasant dreams.”
Thanatopsis – William Cullen Bryant

We had our first experience with an AirBnB! It was a lot of fun and a definite enriching experience. We look forward to doing it again.

I wrote a poem each day in April, but May brought with it a bit of a drought. Check some of it out here.  Five years of participation in NaPoWriMo! Let’s hope for five more!


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About Raymond Maxwell

Greensboro, NC. Navy mustanger (USS Hammerhead, SSN-663; USS Michigan, SSBN-727(B); USS Luce, DDG-38), US Foreign Service (Dept. of State). Florida A&M University (undergrad). University of London (SOAS)(MA). Catholic University of America (MSLIS).

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