As the traveler, usually I am telling stories about where I am going and how glad I am to return home. And, since I enjoy both the leaving and the returning, I love sharing about both movements. One of my teachers in seminary talked about this as the rhythm of “Access and Retirement”. Going out and coming in; like a contradance.
But today’s post is about a change in venue. But not the ones to which I travel to perform and teach. This time the venue change is the location of where I’ll return.
My spouse is a pastor, and after nearly 17 years of joyful and grateful service to the campus of Colorado State University through Lutheran Campus Ministry, she has resigned her call in order to accept the call to be Pastor of St. Andrews Lutheran Church in San Mateo, California.
This will be a huge change for us since we have grown to love being Coloradoans, but it is time and we are ready for the next adventures that await. And, since both of our children are in the Bay Area (for the near future, anyway), we’ll have the joy of connecting with them more frequently in person!
The timing of the change is certain for Connie, who will begin her service on January 1, 2014, but is less certain for me, since I will remain behind to fix up and prep our house for sale and stay with it until it sells. So, I am assuming I’ll be around for a couple of months, anyway.
I will continue teaching and performing and traveling, while preparing to re-root Owl Mountain Music, Inc. in its third nest since beginning in 1990. For those of you keeping score: Kansas City, MO, Fort Collins, CO and now San Mateo, CA.
|Dancing at Aunt Darline’s 1984|
There are some other changes that have been underway this year:
I am also excited that I’ve been able to let go of responsibility for the Colorado Dulcimer Festival, which I began and ran for 10 years with a dedicated crew of volunteers. These volunteers have incorporated and are planning to carry it on for several years into the future!
And, I am delighted that Scott Berwick has been elected to the office of Secretary-Treasurer of the Traveling Musicians Union, Local 1000 AFM. He takes over when my term ends on Dec 31st of this year.
So, now I am in the process of shedding, shredding and packing in preparation! All activities which make a perfect fit with autumnal rhythms. Let’s dance!