Things to do


I, uh, I h-have things to do. I’ve put this off for far too long.

Bilbo Baggins, as spoken in The Fellowship of the Ring by English actor Ian Holm, born on this day in 1931.

Bilbo, of course, had already been off on his great adventure. He gave these words at his hundred and eleventh birthday party as he set off to live with the elves in Rivendell.

Of course you already knew that.

Or you should have.

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I am remembering that around the time of the attacks in 2001, I met an amazing group of friends online, yes online, on another forum (okay it was a political forum). But we shared a love for Tolkien and anxiously awaited the release of the three movies.

We even rented a house together on the coast of Florida for the release of The Return of the King. Over the years we’ve shared weddings, deaths, pet stories (and pet deaths) and much more.

Most of us have migrated to Facebook, and while we rarely have the chance to be together as a group anymore, we remain friends.

I like that part of the story.

But, as Bilbo said, there is much to do.

No, I don’t get to go off to Rivendell to retire and finish my book…of course you know that Bilbo didn’t finish his book.

Or you should.

I digress, but only slightly.

My book isn’t finished either.

But, my script is further along with last night’s reading. I talk about it a bit more over at Historic Occasions: The Morning After.

There are next steps, and I’m figuring them out.

With the ending of the weekend job, and with the first real test of the script, I’m free to begin working on that (free and optional) newsletter. I’m only a few weeks behind on that. Then again, that was my own deadline, not set by anyone else…so let’s just say I’m not behind.

I’m just, amazingly, not any less busy. Yet.

I have found myself saying “now that I have my weekends free, I can do all of these things.” Except I don’t really have my weekends free.

You don’t need to see my calendar, but it runneth over.

And, that’s okay. Mostly.

I’m doing the things I love. The things I want to be doing.

And somewhere, currently pretty much every single show that’s running in the Central Virginia area has a friend (or multiple friends) I’ve acted with and that I need to commit to seeing on stage.

That may be a slight exaggeration, but only slight. The reality is that I may not have time to see every show I want or need to see.

I’ll do my best.

In the meantime, I keep juggling and organizing, and making notes in my Self-Journal to block out times and projects that need to be taken care of.

Remember that whole “life is a journey” conversation from last week?

The reality is that the “to-do” list is never done.


That’s a pretty healthy way of looking at it. There’s alway something else to be done.

Finish one project, and another is staring you in the face.

Of course, in the world of freelance writing and design, as well as in the world of acting, having another project lined up is a good thing.

So, we keep moving. We keep working. We keep going (hopefully)forward.

There are things to do.


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USA Today
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Hurricane Jose a potential threat to U.S. East Coast next week
USA Today
With Irma diminishing to a tropical storm, a hurricane-battered nation could soon shift its attention to Hurricane Jose, now meandering around the western Atlantic Ocean roughly 300 miles northeast of the Turks and Caicos Islands.


American singer-songwriter, Barry White, was born on this day in 1944 (d. 2003)




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