I’m sure some of you have been wondering where I’ve been. The short answer is here! I’m right here. Haven’t gone anywhere. I wasn’t planning on it, but I was late the past few weeks, seemingly late every week lately, and just getting burned out. I’ve been writing about the trials and tribulations of living in Santa Cruz (almost) every week for more than 5 straight years without a break. And honestly, I kind of decided I needed a break. For anyone wondering, I’m fine. Actually doing great. And to be honest, I’m kind of enjoying not writing about how bad things are in Santa Cruz. It’s not that things have improved, or are improving. It’s just that writing about it doesn’t define who I am. And right now, I’d rather not write about the glass being half empty all the time.
It’s been a rough year for almost everyone, yet I feel very blessed. I’m able to live in Santa Cruz, one of the most special places to live anywhere in this country, despite our flaws and dirty laundry. I’m blessed to have family and friends that love and care about me. I’m blessed to be able to stay busy and do work I love doing. And I’m blessed to have the support of readers like you.
Writing this column every week, I see the hardships, the reality, the people who really struggle every day. I hear their stories and write about them, hoping to bring attention to issues that desperately need changing. We have many people struggling here, and we have much work to do to fix that. So my work still isn’t done here. I might post something next week, but if not, I’ll see you next year! I’ll be back. Be safe!