About This Blob, I mean Blog
Single for a Reason®
- A Photo/Word/Video/Blog -or “Blob” as my cousin Mary calls it- for Choosy People-
(2009 National Society of Newspaper Columnists “Blog Column” Winner)
Select photographs from this blog and my larger archive are now available for sale and download at:
When I was younger (and unmarried) my friends and family said I was too choosy and picky. As I got older and still hadn’t married, they began thinking my ex-boyfriends were the choosy and too picky ones. Now, at 64, they realize what readers of the blog should handily discover: solo living has its own charms as well as challenges, even though none are tax deductible.
Singledom is increasing along with the aging baby boomers. In 2005, it was estimated by the US Census that there were 89 million unmarried or single Americans and no one seems to market to us except hydraulic and enlargement specialists and, frankly, we’ve been there done that years ago and is the territory of other blogs. ( I contend without a national poll that I am the only unmarried 64 year old woman without a cat, dog, gerbil or anything of a winged or animal nature. Don’t hold it against me. I like pets on others.)
In my former life I was a school psychologist and career counselor, speaker and freelance writer. Currently, I am a photographer and writer in search of the right potting soil.
If you don’t want to leave home, I am a good travel guide. Single people need to define a good time loosely.
I can find lost civilizations without a passport or photo ID. Here are a few entries that will give you a good idea of what this blog is about. I just go to the GROCERY STORE to experience technology and shame at the same time. ANTS ON PEONIES? Fascinating. I’m there–hovering. HD video recorder in hand. Makes me think of presidential politics. If you mess with my sandwich bread, I WRITE LETTERS TO BREAD PEOPLE. MODERN ART IN PARKING LOTS?FIND IT IMPOSSIBLE TO OPEN A PACKAGE? Shepard Fairey, look out! Film it and realize that the terrorists really are winning. FEELING HOPELESS AND ALONE? I have an image for you that requires no explanation although I give one. My take on “”SEX IN THE CITY” is closer to assisted living than a penthouse on Park Avenue. Do you know a woman who won’t leave home without her make-up? HOW ABOUT IF THE HOUSE IS ON FIRE?
I am fond of writing and photographing moments that are part of a series.
Behind the Wheel
Art is Where You Find It
Before the Storm
Trucks and Trains
Waiting for the Resurrection
Driving to the Inaugural
Photography for Shut Ins
Fear, The Series
“Driving to the Inaugural, The Series” included 13 posts over the course of six days, all posted without leaving my house. “Art is Where You Find it, The Series” is as close to a mantra as I have. Dealing with financial anxiety? You have come to the right place. Any post starting around September 15th of 2008 reflects my white knuckles in word and image. My series on Anxiety 2.0 and Fear, The Series are ongoing. I shall never run out of material for these topics.
In fact, anyone with an anxiety disorder or treating those with one will be well compensated by perusing this blog. I freak out with a dash of creativity.
I know nothing can rival the pharmacy in matters of true agitation, but may I suggest “creativity” with a small c as an elixir of the gods? It is built in to all of us, requires no script and, in addition, we can operate heavy machinery or moving vehicles while under its spell.
Waving or Drowning is a website I began in June, 2009 in concert with assisting my town’s senior center with its Caregiving Support Group. It shall focus periodically on the invisible people, caregivers all, (you know who you are) in fiction as well as non-fiction stories and it’s name comes from a poem by Stevie Smith, the British Poet, who wrote of being in water far too deep and far too cold for far too long, but when she finally realizes her peril and lifts her arms to get help–people on the shore think she’s just waving, “hello”.
Welcome to my world where I wave and drown on a daily basis.
This blog, “Single for a Reason™” is available on WordPress and at www.singleforareason.com.
At singularsensation.wordpress.com you can see photos of flora and fauna and get photo tips for photographing mother nature that also lowers your cholesterol during the New England growing season, May to September.
If I can ever figure out how to do it without needing some TARP funds, I’ll integrate all my “stuff” one day under my real name site: www.patcoakley.com which currently displays all the photographs that are for sale for print or download.
My YOUTUBE name is “w1kkp”, the ID of my father’s ham radio persona years and years ago when the world was flat and dinosaurs roared. One video I took of NY Yankees Alex Rodriquez coming to the plate at Fenway Park on Mother’s Day, 2007, has been viewed 5000+ times with appropriate neanderthal comments suitable to Yankee/Red Sox fans, of which I am one.
And, if that is not enough media exposure for this one invisible person, I’m on Facebook and a bit creeped out by its insistence on having friends and I twitter through the ‘w1kkp’ name, but not often. My life simply doesn’t have a breaking news quality. Yet.
Thanks for visiting.