My last posting was on September 30th, 2012. It’s been a while!
My apologies. It has been an eventful 14 months. Yes, I said fourteen.
In the Fall of 2012, we returned to Boston. We moved from Bartlesville, OK across the country to live in Arlington, MA. Stephanie had accepted a call as the Assistant Priest in Weston, MA. Shortly thereafter, we experienced our first hurricane….Sandy. Thankfully we received no damage, though it was frightening. We we obviously much more worried about the folks in in New Your and New Jersey.
In Boston, I continued my role as a work-at-home dad. Taking care of Henry, our Little Man Cub. I reconnected with the Boston Comics Roundtable, starting off with a group exhibition at Lesley University. There I showed pages from my graphic novel in progress, Toil.
I resumed teaching work with the folks at VSA Massachusetts, serving one day a week, working all school-year at Samuel Adams Elementary School in East Boston. There I led 4 groups of Kindergarteners and one group of 3rd graders through multiple arts integration activities. For different reasons, this proved to be one of my most challenging teaching experiences. It took a long time for me to get my flow with this residency. The teachers there and the folks at VSA Massachusetts were very supportive and helpful.
November of 2012 marked the beginning of my partnership with the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. There I provided professional development training for educators. Training them in arts integration strategies.
The Fall of 2012 also proved to be a terrible flu season. Stephanie, Henry, and I each got sick multiple times. In March of 2013, I was hospitalized with pneumonia and a concussion. My first time in the hospital. I was there for two days and got great care. Then I spent several weeks convalescing until I was just about normal. Our friends from BCR and VSA Massachusetts were very generous and supportive of Stephanie and I during this time.
April 15th, the Boston Marathon Bombing happened. Frightening. Bringing back many of my own personal memories of the Murrah Building Bombing in Oklahoma City. Four days later, April 19, the incredible manhunt in Watertown, MA. Three miles from out home in Arlington, MA. Terrified.
All of this made for a very trying time. But, finally in May of 2013, we began to feel normal.
Then…… Stephanie received an unexpected calling. An exciting and challenging position in Lawrence, KS. Where we now live!
So…we have settled in. Lawrence is a very cool town. I am still a work-at-home dad making sure that Henry gets his Graham crackers and tea, while chipping away at my comics and education work. More on this in future posts.