It’s been about a month since I last put some time into writing. So much has been going on up here in the ole mountains, and I haven’t had the time to really sit down and process it all, until right about now. I’ve had so many wonderful visitors from Greensboro, recently, as well as my family, and I must say, it’s made the transition of moving here a bit easier and a whole lot more fun!Firstly, some fellow band/soul mates from Cakalak Thunder came to rock out QORDS (Queer Oriented Rock/Rap Day School) summer camp style. I was soo happy I was able to pick up my drum & sticks again to jam out with some really wonderful campers! Alyzza & Aleks got to stay a few days with me, too, which was the icing on cake.
Fellow music lovers, Becky & Ian of CFBG also came up for a few days of mountainous fun. Also, my good friend, Jess, came up for some friend time, as well as a job interview. We had a blast at the Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba show at the Asheville Music Hall. The next day, I found myself back in Greensboro for Hope for Agoldensummer‘s show, and I was super stoked that I made it. After a night of singing along and seeing other old and familiar faces, I headed straight back to Asheville to host my good friend, and former co-worker, Betsy Oldenburg and her wonderful friend Donna. We got to catch up and eat yummy food, and rock out, yet again, with Diali Cissohko & Kaira Ba, this time at Pisgah Brewing Company in Black Mountain. Those guys sure do know how to get people on their feet. I not-so-secretly wanted to join in the drumming!
And then, it was July, all of a sudden! My folks ventured up from Charleston to spend some time this past weekend, and it’s always nice to catch up with them over beers and laughter.
It’s been really something for this summertime to fly by so quickly. Exactly one month from today, I will be embarking on my 28th year (which, according to my birth chart, I am scheduled to begin my Return of Saturn this December 24th, to be exact, and will exist it right before I graduate from Daoist Traditions! Talk about cosmic timing! I’m really very excited!)
I feel like I’ve had the opportunity within this past year to lay some groundwork for this here Return, which was necessary, me thinks. I think if I hadn’t looked back and made some sort of slight “inventory” on where my body, mind, and soul/heart need work, I may feel very overwhelmed, and currently, I’m just excited to start the actual process. I have no expectations other than that greater good will come of these next four years. My only hope is to keep my ties to the community I absolutely love the most strong, uplifted, and positive. I hope to be embraced and challenged, moved and opened, renewed and ready to reassess life, love, and priorities for the here & now, above & beyond, and the future, whatever that may be.
Speaking of starting journeys, I recently joined one of the many local YMCA’s here in Asheville. I received a free pass to check it out for 7 days, and since I’m a student, I can apply for financial aid, and pay what I can. So far, I’m into day 4 at the gym, but for the past month I have been keeping a pace counter on my phone, a food tracker, and a walking map. I’ve been walking every day around my neighborhood, and carrying small weights while I do so. I can feel my back becoming stronger and less feeble and weak, which is so so wonderful! If you are reading this, and had any idea what happened to my back almost 2 years ago, you can imagine my excitement! I’m taking it slowly, of course, no running…yet!
I hope to see many more of you before school begins. At the end of July, I’ll be in Durham for the wedding of Emilo & Jeremey, so maybe I can see some of you, then? My first week is the first week of August, for orientation.I may try to head to Chapel Hill to catch Cakalak Thunder at the Paperhand Puppet Intervention show that night, and celebrate bdays with Casey & Alyzza! That’s my hope, but we’ll see, time permitting. I will have two weeks of time until the last week of August, which is officially the first week of school for everyone, and then I will be heading back to Greensboro for a very special wedding between two very special friends of mine, Sara Mae & Blake.
Here are a few pics from the ever eventful and fantastically fun beginning of summer!
Peace & Noise, Ya’ll!