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Transition-the new home

It has been a few weeks since I last wrote in this journal-blog. I have been busy with the move and the job search. Now I have time to pause and assess the progress of my work and move.

I am proud to say that the blog viewings have been increasing despite the lack of production recently. In fact, over 6,000 views of my website occurred in the past sixty days, which is more than ever in a 60-day period. I have been receiving comments, too.

The aftermath of moving

Spending more and earning less but feeling good to be in my own place and living the way I want in a more suitable environment.

Transition-more work

I have started to fret just a little because my monthly basic expenses are rising. Since I'll be on my own as of July, my expenses for rent and utilities have shot up. Sure, I am eliminating the monthly storage fee, but the move will cost close to $800. Too, I am able to adjust by eliminating the monthly virtual office rental, online dating club and computer tech support, and reducing my monthly recreational fees, as well as budgeting grocery bills more. In fact, I just made my first online order for produce, milk, eggs and poultry.

Transition-set to move

Started packing the things in this rooming house. Appointments made to inspect and pick up key, use van, hook up internet and remove stuff in storage.

I am dreaming of how I'll be able to use this great space. Some ideas are discussion groups, painting, receiving visitors, sectioning off part as office area, and getting flower boxes and chairs for veranda.

Am also keep an eye open and ear to the ground for more paid work. It just so happens that an author who received an edited manuscript from me is very please with my work and plans to send me another manuscript.

Transition - Rolling Forward

The move to Burnaby is in motion. I am excited. I am full of dreams of my future in the new place: flower boxes on the veranda, dining table, rug...I picture myself biking and shopping around the area. I will go up to the university campus, the old haunting grounds--maybe even find more employment there. I want to connect to the community. 

I've even dreamed up the idea of a community news service for the area, which you can see added to the menu on this website: North Corner News for the Westridge district below the west slope of Burnaby Mountain in the northeast corner of Burnaby.

Transition-another big day

After a three-week search and pounding pavement, I signed the lease on a one-bedroom apartment last night. I am please with my catch, considering the bloated market in this area. I turned down some inferior places, held out for the best among the available and got a decent, properly managed and good-sized rental at a fair market price.

Started updating my address and planning the move right away. Van-check. Moving company-they're working on it. Internet and TV cable, with new large-screen TV-check.

Transition-Making my Next Move

Feeling strong. Lots of precious positive moments. Today, for example, a wonderful intimate chat with my lovely hairdresser about helping people, who to help and who to let go. As another example, my present house custodian expressed disappointment when I gave my notice at the start of June, but he has found a decent guy to take my place, while I have a few hot leads on good suites in great locations. Further to those example, I am enjoying a car-share service at a very affordable rate and have taken care of errands and gone on an outing with relatives in need already.

Transition-arts and culture transformation

Just watched this TED Talk on "why live arts matter" by Ben Cameron.


Technology disrupting the arts and putting many sectors of live performance (stage and concert hall) on the verge of extinction, but there are benefits of this ongoing "reformation." More techniques and many more participants in the arts, broadening range of cross-culture and inclusive "channels" and implementation in activism on a wide range of issues, many of which that were previously unexplored.

trainsition - more ghosts

This past weekend, I saw more ghosts from episodes of my past in this life. It was emotional: both joyful and sad. These particular encounters happened in the course of attending political and cultural activities and relate to dramatic sagas of some phases of my life.

Attending a forum on political history and struggle in India, I came across more than a dozen familiar faces from my activism in the 1980s, which concluded in a very painful and exasperating way. These old comrades want to talk to me about what happened back then.

Transition - Positive Spin

From one angle, people might think I am not doing very well. Returning to my home province after a decade's absence, I have neither a full-time job nor steady self-employment after five months here, and I am still rooming in temporary, shared lodgings.

On the other hand, let's be positive and realistic by examining signs of my progress.

1.While I haven't been writing much, not even this blog, my website has had over 168,000 views, around 167,000 having accumulated since I started this blog around the start of 2014.

Transition - mid-May status

Regarding career and income, was hoping things would develop a little fuller and faster, but not so lucky. May 20 and I am doing part-time work with nothing happening with the small business.

Glitch in the small business works: after weeks of looking at and disseminating my flyer, I eventually noticed that the email address is given where the webite URL should be. Geez! Could not even get upset about that. No point. I just hedge my bets on others not noticing or, if they do, use good reason and figure the following.

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