It has been 10 years this past week since I started writing a weekly column on art and related subjects for the Madison Press. I never expected to be writing a weekly article this long.
As I have said many times, I am not a professional writer. It takes me writing four or five articles to get one that, with a lot of fixes, is useable. My wife who types my handwritten notes is the first stage. She will be and is very critical of what I say and how I say it and that’s good.
For over 50 years she has reviewed my writing for themes and essays. We were married before I went to college and I would not have made it through to graduation without her help, encouragement and love. In a month we will have been married 52 years.
It’s been a definite partnership. We wrote many ads and brochures for our clients. We helped them grow and prosper and after retirement we have helped several organizations organize their marketing campaigns.
Times are changing and our situations are changing. Almost two years ago my wife was diagnosed with stage four liver cancer. Needless to say it added a lot more drama into our lives. With a lot of prayers, she has managed to survive even though we are in the mid of another group of chemo treatments.
I don’t know how long we will be able to continue these articles. Instead of a weekly event we may have to scale back to a lighter schedule. I don’t know yet what that will be. Just keeping up with everything is becoming a lot more demanding than our energy level permits.
We encourage each other to keep on keeping on and sometimes we all need that but realistically we have to work within the changes as we encounter them. I am happy to be writing, painting and teaching into my 70s.
Thank you for putting up with my ramblings over the past 10 years. I appreciate your time and effort in reading them and hope my articles have helped you in some small way.
Harry Croghan is an artist, photographer, writer and teacher. He can be reached at 740-852-4906 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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