Howdy hoo, neighbor, and hope this finds you well. If you’re me, the last five words there have snuck into a hundred or so emails over the year as the pandemic closed in and changed so many lives. I admit I had a growing certainty that getting COVID was a matter of “when” versus “if,” not the least due to the ever-present “underlying conditions” thing that is my life. Plus I’m a rebel and not so good with rules (or so I’m told).

Well, Nope. COVID met its match in CC who kept me home, kept me healthy, and kept me grounded. Many a time I was tempted to cross over the line from common sense to foolhardiness, but she would have none of that. We adjusted our outward habits, minimized human contact when appropriate, and stayed out of harm’s way. She ruled our nest with a velvet glove over an iron fist.

Today was the outcome of her efforts: I received the second Moderna booster today and, oy, am I feeling it, but that I am here to feel after a year of confinement in this time of cholera is due to the love and guidance of one person.

So it’s your fault, CC, that I’m both in pain and alive. I wouldn’t have it any other way. Thank you for being strong and being you.


Cassidy Carson (CC) and I have been doing this writing thing for a few years, and we express ourselves on different planes of creative energy. CC plots and plans and outlines and draws on a host of personal experiences to enrich her prose. I rush headlong where angels fear to fly, and either crash or ascend depending on the situation. Each approach has their strengths and weaknesses, but neither are “good” or “bad.” Our methodologies speak to our personal and professional character, and these habits have found us success in our day jobs.

But you’d think it would take less than forty years for us to come together in a forum like this for our night jobs.

To be fair, CC has long suggested that we combine our literary forces, but being a boomer-aged male, I don’t ask for directions nor do I tend to follow them. On the other hand, being a Lone Wolf hasn’t been especially successful, either. I conceded the high ground and agreed it was time to find a new schtick that uses the old schtick: a partnership.

We’re combining our energies and thoughts into one site that will grow and change as we grow and change our online presence, but we’re also realistic: blog posts don’t have the gravitas they once had, maybe because there are so many words on the Internet now. Que sara, sara. We’ll forge ahead, anyway.

If you have any thoughts, ideas, or suggestions, feel free to email CC or me at your leisure. If you see typos, we’ll gladly take corrections.

We hope you’re not bored. Thanks for reading along.

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