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Shutting Down for Now


I’m about to shut down the laptop for the last time as a resident of Elizabethtown, KY.  We will be spending a couple of days in Louisville before heading down to New Orleans, but I will be ridiculously busy getting the apartment closed up tomorrow.

It’s funny, moving out of a place you’ve lived in for so many years.  Everything is familiar, but it also has this alien feeling.  It’s like your soul has already moved on, but your body has to catch up.  Kathryn and I drove around a bit tonight, just reminding our senses what this town looks and feels like, firming the memories in our brains.

The conversation turned to places we’ve lived and good memories we had there.  No matter where we live, or who we know, we make our own lives.  We make our own joy. We take out of it what we put in to it.

So, E-town, here’s what I’m taking out of my life here–

  1. You’re never really alone if you have friends.
  2. Nobody can take your integrity away from you.
  3. Just because people don’t agree with you doesn’t mean they don’t like you.
  4. There is no shame in asking for help.
  5. Always make friends with the servers…..

The next time I post will probably be from Arizona.  Until then, I think I’ll just say what Kathryn’s been saying all night:

So long, and thanks for all the fish.

Love to you all–


P. S. Road trip begins very soon, and I’m itching to get to a Stuckey’s!


Checking In: 10/29/14


I haven’t been posting much lately.  That is because I have been packing boxes, making Goodwill runs, binge-watching The Good Wife and Mike & Molly during downtime moments, and trying to transform myself spiritually.  Deadline is October 31, and I’m getting a little stressed.

Needless to say, I’ve been remiss in my blogging, and for that I am truly sorry.  In lieu of deep metaphysical insight, I will take a quick moment to share a few bits and bobs with you:

  • If you live in the U.S.A., voting is on November 4.  If you don’t know for sure whether you’re registered, you can go here and find out.  Many states have early voting or, if needed, absentee voting.  Don’t miss this opportunity.  The Mid-terms are actually more important than the Presidential elections when it comes to policy-making.  Please, do your part and vote.
  • If you are looking for a deep read, try The Untrue Story of You: How to Let Go of the Past that Creates You, and Become Fully Alive in the Present by Bryan Hubbard.  It is a fascinating look at time, self, depression, and life.
  • Think you’re a Doctor Who fan?  Take the bad-a## Radiotimes Doctor Who quiz.  I got 21 out of 30, which is respectable but not noteworthy.  What did you get?
  • Pope Francis is getting all open-minded and stuff on subjects like The Big Bang and Evolution.  This Recovering Catholic is cautiously optimistic.
  • Not to make you nervous or anything, but there’s a giant spot on the sun and (according to PBS) it’s acting weird.
  • Orson Welles: New movie from beyond the grave?
  • Finally, Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick return to Broadway in It’s Only a Play, because….well, Broadway.

Sorry I had no major insights or wisdom to share with you–I blame dust and Flonase.  I promise to return with something more substantial when we finally land in Phoenix, Arizona.

Until then–stay safe, choose kindness, and VOTE.


Background Music:  All About the (Upright) Bass by Postmodern Jukebox.

Checking In

Hola, peeps.  Just wanted to check in and let you know what’s going on in Soapboxville!  I am currently up to my ears in writing projects–I’m finishing up my second novel, Fairville, which is an old-fashioned ghost story set in a small Louisiana town.  I’m also working on a non-fiction project to submit to Hay House Books upcoming Non-Fiction Book contest!  Added to my pro-blogging and 40 hours a week at The Research Lab (formerly known as The Day Job), I’m seeing a significant increase in claims on my time.

I haven’t abandoned this blog–I hope you are all doing well, and I look forward to getting back to you soon!


News & Announcements

Just wanted to post a quick note to let you know that I’ll be changing the focus of this blog slightly in the future. I have been pondering how I can bring my readers more value, and I think I have a really good plan. It’s in the works, and I’ll be posting more details soon. I’m really excited about this plan–keep watching this space!

Also, just a reminder that there are only 3 days left to order the Kindle version of All the Back Roads Home: Little Girl Lost at the special rate of $0.99!  The Print on Demand version will be available next week.

How Much Do I Love You People?

I just spent an hour or so tagging and categorizing three years’ worth of posts.  I can’t guarantee every post will have every appropriate tag, but at least there are no more Uncategorized posts.  One day, when I catch my breath, I’ll go back and update the tags.  I knew I should have been doing this from the start.  Live and learn.

Holla, peoples.  Have a good Memorial Day weekend.

Technical Difficulties

Oh, wow.  I just managed to overwrite my April 17 blog entry with my new one.  I’m going to see if I can fix this.  Sorry about that.


Just a shout out to Parker and Dawn!  Thanks for following.  I’ll try to be pithy and informative.  And bring cookies….yeah, I’ll try to bring cookies.

Ten Thousand (plus two) Soapboxes

Today I received the news that two dear friends, Monique Jones and Mia Ben, would be joining Ten Thousand Soapboxes as a bloggers.

Monique is the quintessential Earth Mother–four kids, married to her childhood sweetheart, home-schooler, livestock and home-made bread.   She also graduated with honors as a dual major (Biology/English), has run her own homemade soap business, raises dairy goats, and is working on Atilla the Novel!  Her insights into politics, family, spirituality, and people are acute, and her wit is sharp.  I can’t wait for you all to meet her.

Mia, in addition to being a successful pediatrician, is a mother, wife, and subtle revolutionary.  Oh, and did I mention she plays on the Acadiana Zydeco Women’s Tackle Football team?  Brains and brawn, and a sense of humor that has me laughing out loud!

I am thrilled to welcome these two fantastic women to the Soapbox.  They have been my dear friends since high school, and I can’t wait to see what they have in store for us.

Learning How to Blog-The Sequel

Last weekend, my Beloved bought me a wireless router as a belated birthday.  So now I have unfettered access to the Interwebs.  (Evil grin.)  I’ve taken a few minutes to add categories and tags to my older posts, as well as a link to my De.licio.us page.  Feel free to do with them as you will.  I’ve also added links to my writing blog (D.A. Baudoin) and my Facebook page.  Isn’t technology thrilling?

First Email Post

The title of this post could also be “Boy, Technology is Groovy.” I haven’t worked out all the bugs yet–like, figuring out which email address goes to which blog (we’ll know when I hit send, right?), but this is certainly an improvement from Log In, Figure Out Where Stuff Is, Type Post, Hit…Save? Upload? Booyah?

You see, I post to several different sites–LiveJournal (for like, EVAH), Blogger, and Facebook. WordPress is relatively new, and by far the most technically advanced blogsite I’ve used. Quite often, when I’m trying to set up my layout, I feel like Laura Ingalls Wilder trying to pilot the Farscape shuttle. A leeeetle out of my element.

But I will perservere, dear readers. Sooner or later, as the gods have decreed, I will come into the 20th Century.

What’s that you say? We’re already a decade into the 21st Century?

Okay, this may take a while.