January 01, 2010

Say "au revoir" but not "Good-bye" posted by Jeanne Munn Bracken This is it, folks. The final Writer's Plot blog. Finito. Done. Or not... Writing a weekly blog was a lot like writing a weekly column, which I did for 22 1/2 years. So the past not-quite-three years was like Old Home Day for me, except on Wednesday night instead of Thursday or, when I was really pushing the deadline envelope, Sunday night. It does seem, though, appropriate, that I get the last word, because 2010 is probably going to be a transitional year for the Brackens. I plan to retire next summer and kick back, relax, sleep late, and write the projects I've been researching for years. And besides that, I have other plans: finish two quilts I started (including a "quilt-in-a-day" quilt) make quilts using the bundles of fabric I bought in Alaska and Hawaii knit lots find a volunteer job rocking babies (since no grandchildren are on the horizon) clean the clutter and downsize (yeah, we've heard that before) Write write write write do oral history interviews with elderly folks volunteer at the Library of Congress volunteer at the Women's History Museum spend more time with friends and family, including cousins all over the place visit Iceland, Prague, England, Australia, Germany, and Alaska again go to concerts and plays write write write write write with my writing partner Nancy "Coop" Cooper learn to play my keyboard join a choir or chorus learn to play a hammered dulcimer volunteer at my alma mater the University of New Hampshire grow a mound of nasturtiums and put a flower on my summer salads drink enough Guinness or white zinfandel to sing "Proud Mary" at a karaoke bar read read read read read find or develop a group of friends to play cards (not bridge!) or board games read The Gulag Archipelago, all thousands of pages of it take up jigsaw puzzles and do crossword puzzles to my heart's content drive across Canada and visit all the states in the northwest I have missed (6 in all from North Dakota to Nevada) get another dog read a daily newspaper the day it's printed write write write write write with my friend Margie Hilton join a health club and actually go, swimming every day Since I have not yet run out of opinions to share, I will continue blogging; my new website has a blog feature I will figure out and use. (www.jeannemunnbracken.com if you're keeping score) Happy New Year to All, and to all a Good Blog.

Lorraine Bartlett

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