I’ve been checking out some interesting happenings in and around Birmingham lately.
In April, I began covering the status of skateboarding and a potential new skate park in Birmingham. for The Terminal. So far, it has passed the neighborhood association and has moved up the chain to the City’s Parks & Recreation Department. Hopefully, I’ll have more news to report soon.
A new canoe launch on the Cahaba River was announced in July, Moon River Canoe Launch announced.
Design Review Updates:
The Magic City Post closed up shop and my Design Review column was picked up by The Terminal.
I have always been a reader and often review the books I read for Zen Dixie. You can check out my reviews at the Zen Dixie Reads page.
I even ended up on the other end of the interview for a change in Jacks of All Trades.
Which leaves room for new things to begin.
It has been months since I updated this blog. I planned to do it week after week, but it just became one of those tasks that I put off. I even downloaded a blogging planner in hopes to get better organized and start updating this regularly again.
Last week, things changed. I suppose the solstice always marks change in one form or another. The month of June and my time at the position I held for almost two years simultaneously came to an end – as did spring, the fiscal year, and the first half of 2013. When you look at it this way, it is a lot of ends happening all at once.
Yet, as July begins today, it seems more invigorating than anything else.
To be honest, although I worked diligently at the position, my heart was not in it. The position was simply a job. I was not bad at it per se – downright successful on occasion. I truly enjoyed a portion of my job, but not all of it. Could I have done it better? Likely so. Would I have ever wholeheartedly thrown myself into the parts I didn’t enjoy? Likely not. Do I have any regrets? Not really. In fact, I learned a lot.
I had often thought of quitting. Actually, I had started job hunting about six months ago. I was keeping afloat, biding my time. And then my time was up.
So now, onto new adventures!
Psychology Today’s resident introvert Sophia Dembling has assembled her acquired knowledge – both personal and from others – into an interesting and enlightening book, The Introvert’s Way. The book was released in December, hopefully in time for family and friends of introverts to at least skim a few pages to better manage the holidays for both the introverts and extroverts in the family…
How to Be a Woman brings us an honest and humorous look at the ins and outs of being a woman. At its best, the memoir portions of the narrative are immediately relatable. Moran talks about taking the leap from childhood and wanders from trials to tribulations to the usual major events modern women have dealt with for years…
Live Design Group presented the conceptual designs for the new St. Symeon Orthodox Church on 8th Avenue South/Clairmont Avenue. The project includes a new church as well as renovations to the existing church buildings and a formal parking lot. Read more…
My latest article at the Magic City Post.
This weekend stop by Rojo on Highland Avenue for “The Rojo Lyric Show Art Hootenanny.” Featuring new and recent works by local Birmingham artists. All proceeds from the art sales go directly to the Lyric Theatre restoration fund. Read more…
In December, my friend Andy posted that he received this book for Christmas. Soon after, he mentioned reading it. Although I had a self-imposed ban on buying any new books before I finished the multiple dozen I had on hand to read, I could not resist. It was the Replacements after all – the one band for which I would forsake all others if told I could only take one discography with me while exiled on a desert island. I bought it on a Friday and finished reading it by Sunday (only because I went out of town on Saturday). Read More at Zen Dixie…
The Day 4 topic is “Write a Mission Statement for Your Blog.”
A mission statement? What is a mission statement?
According to Wikipedia, a mission statement is a statement of the purpose of a company, organization, or person; its reason for existing. The mission statement should guide the actions of the organization, spell out its overall goal, provide a path, and guide decision-making. It provides “the framework or context within which the company’s strategies are formulated.”
One of the reasons I started my blog was to showcase my writing and to provide a place for extended interviews that complement some of my articles. After a while, it got to be more. I began writing a few creative writing pieces and other things for my blog, sometimes simply downloading whatever was in my brain at the time.
While that is still accurate, I think there is more to my blog than before. It is the place where I can demonstrate that someone who has seemingly disparate interests can show those interests co-exist. So, here goes my first draft:
The Scribe & The Scrum, by name, is a blog that is about dualities – the writer and the disorder. It showcases my writing, and the outlets where it appears. It also allows me to get in middle of the things I find interesting and write about them, too. The Scribe & The Scrum is a place for all of the sides of my personality to come together and remind others that we are all multifaceted.
I’m going to stew on this for a bit and take another look at it tomorrow.
The next topic to tackle is: “Revamp your About page (and include that new mission statement).”
What is this 31 Days thing?
My goal is to use these prompts to revamp my blog and get back to regular blogging. In an effort to ignite some inspiration, I decided to commit to The Writeous Babe Project’s (www.writeousbabe.com) 31 Days to a Better Blog.