When the Puzzle Pieces Don’t Fit Together But The Painting Must Still Hang

I took the photograph above a week ago and shared it on my Instagram. The occasion? April was back at the hospital for an overnight stay following a biopsy to learn more about the health problems that have plagued her for weeks, making her partially disabled. I won’t get into the details of everything here, but just finally leaving this post as a bookmark of sorts for why the month of October passed without me managing to finish a single post. The past few weeks have been an emotional roller coaster — in addition to April’s struggles, there was also the death of a family friend, librarian and storyteller Hope Baugh, on September 22. Try as I did, I failed to write in memorial of Hope, the loss of her such a sudden shock. I hope eventually to be able to write about her role in my life and what a light she was in this dark world.

But for now I’m just accepting that until life becomes less emotionally harrowing, my writing and editing focus and quantity will continue to lag behind where I’d prefer. It’s hard to focus on much of anything when you’re strapped into a roller coaster…

Author: David Swindle

Editor, writer, activist.

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