It's been about six months since I started all of this nonsense. And it's taken that long for me to understand and appreciate what "the journey" is all about. And why it's all that matters.
I wrote about my friend Nancy who grew up with me in New England, and who became my neighbor in Pinehurst sixty years later. She has seven brothers and sisters.
And because that story was circulated among her family and their friends, I am now back in touch with about a dozen childhood friends from my home town.
When I finished "The Legends" I sent it to the local paper. I wanted the golf writer to tell the world about this 82 year old guy who scores ten shots under his age every time that he plays. He wrote that story.
He also wrote one about me and this blog-- complete with pictures of my beloved golf cart. I met a bunch of new friends among the members with that one. And more grief than I need from my golfing buddies. But I give and well as I get--and we had a lot of laughs over it.
And wonderful people from the blogging world. Especially the three who never fail to give me encouragement. I've written before about my special pal Ginny and her wonderful blog entitled "Goldendaze".
She printed up my story about the Christmas marathon and handed it out at AA meetings. And a lot of sober people told me how important it was for them to be reminded that they are not alone.
Judy is a gifted floral designer who most recently did the Christmas decorations at the Governor's mansion in Raleigh. She has a blog called "Imagine" and writes from the heart about whatever is going on in her life almost daily.
And "The Old Old Lady of The Hills". The very talented Naomi Caryl who happened to be working a block from me when Kennedy was assassinated. She wrote the music for a play called "Spoon River Anthology" then playing at the Booth Theatre. She is also an accomplished actress, singer, musician, artist and photographer--believe me-- she is all of that and then some.
Naomi is somewhat housebound today because of a health issue. But she continues to entertain from a beautiful theatre she has created. And the stage is her blog. Take a minute and see what I mean. It's listed to the right with the others. Just click on it. And when you get there be sure to read "100 things about me" under her picture.
So that's been the journey for me so far. Except for a few people close to me I have no idea who reads this blog or if they like it. I hope that they do. But if they don't it will not matter.
Because I took on a new challenge, I love it, and a lot of neat things have happened along the way. And that matters.