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Life Goes On

Updated: May 21, 2020

Walt is dead. It's been nearly two months but seems like yesterday. Remnants of his days remain. His wristwatch. His notebooks and satchel. His hiking boots and ball cap. More than any personal possession, however, Walt left an odd but perhaps instructive account of what it's like to live a year knowing it's the last.

It took him a while to get the hang of it. Much had changed since 1892. But as his new world slowly came into focus, he discovered wonders beyond his imagination. He also discovered that themes universal to the human experience are just as much alive in the 21st century as they were in his own time.

It was an honor to follow Walt as he made his rounds. And to be his editor. Thanks to the marvels of modern technology, Walt's account is now available on Amazon - in paperback and digitally. I intend to purchase both.

But life goes on. My previous website - The Third Half - is no longer. My hope is that this site, the home of Third Half Publishing, will be a place where “Third Halfers” interested in writing, and in the publication of their writing, will gravitate.

After five years and three books, I've learned a little something about self-publishing. It's a wonderful and democratic way for people to get their stories out at minimal cost. Whether it's a book of poetry or short stories, a memoir or even a novel, I'd like to lend a helping hand.

I invite you to check in from time to time. Read a blog, share your experiences and frustrations, even contribute something of your own writing, or something you are thinking about writing.

Mary Oliver reminded us that “the path to heaven does not lie down in flat miles, it is in the imagination with which we perceive the world and the gestures with which we honor it.” Virginia Woolf wrote that to be on the path “one must have a room of one's own.” And Joyce Carol Oates insists that the only obstacle on the path of creativity is “a lack of solitude.”

Take care, be safe, and stay in touch.

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