Hello Again, World

This isn’t my first personal WordPress site but it’s going to be my last, to be sure. I once found a site I put together as a portfolio during my unsuccessful job search of 2011 (I used to be a full-time web designer & developer). I apparently knew a couple of things about WordPress. I don’t have a passion for WordPress, but it’s popular, so to move forward I’ve gotta keep abreast — or two — on it.

I worked on one WordPress site in 2017, Black Forest Broadcasting, for a former colleague, moving her from FrontPage (for the love of all things holy). In fact, she was my boss at my first job at WFRM Radio. I think we’ve been through enough to use the term “colleague” considering that was, what… 1995? That required a moment of thought. Whew.

I’ve got another WordPress project coming up fast for a local 501c3 non-profit whose name I won’t bother dropping until I get that site ironed out. My favorite and most rewarding job of all time was a non-profit job at The Franklin Institute when I finished graduate school in 2006. It was truly an, “I have arrived” situation: living in the city, working a creative job. Then, the economy tanked, and from “the great recession” came personal depression that I’ve wrestled down enough to go public again with the facts that I can do stuff like develop websites, write, train, consult, and more.

I promised a local friend that I’d start a blog. She’s got a heart as big as all outdoors, and a second-to-none wit. We’ve shared many laughs which is where all of this stems: I’ve made a lot of people laugh over the years. For that reason, she strongly suggested I get a blog together and started describing Weebly where she has created a decidedly decent website, even if you find the content eccentric. And here I have a domain and fabulous hosting that, until recently, had an “under construction” page that simply veiled my inability to decide what I want to do.

It’s time to do something, or rather, something MORE. This is the start. There are lots of local authors writing about social issues, history, and environmental issues. These are things that need to be addressed. But they won’t be here.

Conjuring humor is the one ability that can really make life feel worthwhile, and that I’ve proven is an in-born asset, not a fluke. It isn’t for everyone, so sometimes, I totally bomb out. But, it is often those failures and other perceived failings that fuel my funnies, as it goes with many comedians. As Osho stated, “It takes a certain darkness to see the stars.”

In clean: I’m no phony, so I’m often to be taken or left, but often taken. That’ll be up to you if it comes down to it. I’m a social creature who loves to meet people. It’s that reason in particular that I don’t have an easy time living here in Coudersport, PA. There is no ebb and flow of people. It’s like “Groundhog Day” except in a Pennsylvania town with less than half the population of Punxsutawney, but plenty of groundhogs, which are ADORABLE.

2 comments on “Hello Again, World

  • Georgeanna DeCarlo says:

    Congratulations on your first edition!
    I love the name, “Life in a Pennsylvania Backwater.” Lends a hint of mystery to tempt a wanderer in for a sit to hear a tale only a “local” can tell. And coming from you – it’s anyone’s guess what it will be.
    That’s what I appreciate about you. You’ve got a loudspeaker wired into that last nerve that somebody jumps on. However for someone like you, who also possesses an extraordinarily high level of empathy,balancing the auditory response creates a sub-atomic cataclysm. You don’t roll with the status-quo and I love it. I’ve seen your reaction to someone asking you how you’re doing today. It’s a beautific moment. (Yes, I made that word up and offer as fodder for a future column the slaughter of grammEr {sticks tongue out and throws down glove}) I suspect that stifling truthful responses to questions like that is causing systemic implosion. I’m happy to see you’ve found yourself an outlet….Although another case of Spontaneous Human Combustion in our little town would likely fill our restaurants if only for the weekend, I prefer you in your skin.
    Good luck my friend! Since we haven’t been able to meet up for way too long, I’m looking forward to this online connection to hear your rendition, your comedic twist of daily life “in town.” P.S. much more to say about those adorable groundhogs especially growing up around here with a name like woodchuck but I’ll save that for next time 🙂


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