I’ve begun.

Like many things I do, I am starting the Slice of Life Story Challenge a day late.  I still have a wrinkled note in my pocket from February break reminding me to create a WordPress blog early, before March 1st.  That note has been transferred daily from nightstand to pants pocket, from pants pocket to nightstand.  For three weeks, I didn’t throw the note away because I didn’t want to ignore the challenge I’ve been seeing for weeks on my Two Writing Teachers emails.

I finally created the blog an hour ago.  On March 2nd.  Not on February 2nd.  But that’s okay.  Because today, I am writing.  I am a blogger.  I have accepted the challenge.

The longest journey begins with but a single step.            – Lao Tsu

I’ve begun, despite staring at the quote above on my classroom wall for years and doing nothing to start a blog of my own.

I’ve begun, despite the piles of my 6th graders’ work weighing down the guilt bags I take home from my middle school each day and ignore each evening.

I’ve begun, despite the planning and photocopying I need to do to get ready for tomorrow’s English lesson.

I’ve begun, despite trying to help my youngest child of three stay organized and finish his homework each evening.

I’ve begun, despite the hectic lifestyle my wife and I (Nell is also a teacher) have carved out for ourselves.  But most important of all:

I’ve begun.

Now go do your best.  Be bold, and mighty forces will come to your aid.  Goethe said that.

–  Frances McDormand as Elaine Miller, Almost Famous

I chose to name my blog Always Going Home because that is where I return to time and again in my writing.  I drift back to my childhood memories of growing up in Western New York State in the seventies and eighties, and I also tend to write about my three children as well – Jimmy, Maggie and Danny.  I am looking forward to daily trips home in March.


13 thoughts on “I’ve begun.

  1. Welcome to this challenge! You have taken the first step. Now you will continue the steps and you will discover the joy in this work. I say work because it is work to post something every day, but it is so worth it.

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  2. As Dana’s post said this morning: BETTER LATE THAN NEVER! I’m glad you joined us, even though you’re a “day late.” As long as you write, link, and provide other writers with comments the rest of the month, then you’re golden.

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    1. Thank you for your support. Today has been a great day for me! I finally started my writing blog. You and Dana have created a structure for an amazing community here. The feedback and support I have received around my writing this afternoon will carry me forward into the next day and beyond.


  3. Welcome to the party! I enjoyed your piece, well structured and warm, looking forward to reading more of your work. I’ve done this challenge for the past few years. I’m terrible about keeping it going after March, but that’s ok. It’s better than nothing. Maybe.

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  4. Welcome to this great community of writers/slicers! I can remember the first time I hit the publish button thinking that I don’t know if I can continue, but I have. This is year 5 for me and still a challenge even if my plate isn’t as full as yours. Looking forward to many more slices about your family.

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  5. You have begun and you will not be sorry. This is the best community and such a great process. You will learn so much in so many ways through Slice of Life. I hope you did go home, without the teacher bag, and spent time with your kids – reading to them or not! Glad we connected today and look forward to connecting this month through #sol16

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