The business of time and communication

The end of the year provides such melancholy, and opposing bliss, that we waver like the tide. Hopefully, each of us between these rises and falls grow increasingly aware of our moments where faith stirs our hearts toward greater aspirations of humanity; while we cope with the currents of business and time and minutia of communications set to pierce our hearts as they maneuver in those aspirations.

Life is a complicated journey.

To all the Carthagians I’ve grown to love ~ thank you for remaining aware of faith in aspiration that far outweighs those piercing interludes we, together, overcome blissfully.

Each of you have restored my soul.

Happy and Joyous Noel

with God’s blessings as we aspire into 2018 . . .

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Refreshing for fall

Fall is upon us!Fall is coming upon us pretty quick – there is some reprieve in the air – not so many high heat index days and this is welcoming. Of all seasons, I do believe fall is my favorite and spring, of course, is second. Fall seems to ring in the seasons of sharing and caring with less concerns – the fiscal calendar ends – work is more routine and the days are softer.

Spring is joyous because of the newness of everything and it does naturally implore you toward accomplishments, which often conveys to work.

fall2But Fall has her efforts – winterizing the homestead – prepping for holiday activities – finalizing life prior to a New Year and the promises of a better future in the tomorrow(s) of change.

The little town of Carthage is undergoing spurts of change in preparations for winter and spring. A Bo Jangles was instituted and while not necessarily a sign of progress – it has instilled a need for the Hardees to tear down those walls and reface.

It is curious in an area of growth, why more sustainable planning isn’t enacted on the front end of development. It appears such a small community doesn’t see any infrastructure revitalization requirements because the infrastructure is nominal at best. Good people live in Carthage and they do deserve quality planning as the area grows because it is growing and it is going to do so on the terms of every proponent of change – whether good or bad, which doesn’t mean right or wrong.

0_OvalLogoThe juxtaposition of farms to future requires a delicate balance and while Bo Jangles isn’t a dangling modifier – it is an express statement of the “potential” of change making its demands rather than citizenry demanding change in a proactive manner to meet their needs. Certainly, the citizens of Carthage on limited budgets may be better served by enhanced mom and pop shops or eateries with more eye on quality than quantity and the potential for the psychology of dining over fast food consumption.

Until next time . . . “Q” signing out . . .

On first glimpse . . .

map_of_carthage_ncThe Town of Carthage, as does most of rural central North Carolina, appears as a landscape riddled with modular homes and the occasional brick master house. In every direction, acres of ground feature mobile home after mobile home and then the random grounded home, which is surprisingly, generally, modern rather than a turn-of-the-century fixture.

Apartments, lofts, town-homes and any sort of communal based living are pretty foreign to these parts but a modular lifestyle rings eternal. And, it’s interestingly well-accepted in North Carolina; however, it is difficult to locate images of the landscape depicting the mirage of trailer homes. But unlike other localities in our nation – the modular living lifestyle isn’t viewed as a less than average one because it is average middle class living here. In fact, modular homes list into the low $100,000’s and a double-wide with landscaping is an upper middle class home. So much so, folks who reside in them tend to boast they are living in one of the “better” homes in the area.

Coming from Washington DC where trailer living is considered less adequate than an apartment or town-home this is truly an adjustment conceptually. Here, an apartment carries a close association to a project, and is actually less credible than the trailer with property. And, in Carthage it appears that is what it is all about “land.” Folks own land here – homes are secondary!

I’ve landed in this town / community of trailers and realize there’s more to learn as a newcomer. This blog is going to deliver first, second, third, and more glimpses into an area of our great nation where I’ve planted a stake and intend to call home.