Every time I hear that phrase, I am taken to a wonderful Disney movie with an awesome song and a powerful message. Life does tend to come full circle, whether it be the arts, political ideas, food fads, diet fads, movies, fashion trends, and of course life and death (the ultimate full circle). I think each of us has many “full circle” moments in their lifetime. Mine is happening right now as I write this blog for Rochester Patch.
I moved to Rochester in the year 1969. My parents wanted to move out to the country from Madison Heights. When we moved here, the only pizza place around was The Alibi on Rochester Road in Troy. Our home was built from a custom plan, and we backed up to a huge field with lots of manmade trails. I was in the first kindergarten class to attend University Hills Elementary School from day one. My parents loved Rochester and wanted to raise their family here.
I enjoyed writing as a student. As a senior at Rochester High School back in the 80’s, I had the opportunity to write for our hometown publication The Rochester Eccentric. It was a great opportunity, and I was able to get some real hands-on experience in the world of journalism. I had a passion for writing back in high school, but I really let that passion die off as I ventured on to college. Sometimes, as the saying goes, “real life steps in” and we get bogged down by the day-to-day grind of basically surviving. I still wrote a little … journals here and there, papers for various jobs that I held, but I think I was focused on sort of finding myself and who I wanted to be.
I Have Come Full Circle
Fast forward to 2012.
I am now a parent, raising my three boys in Rochester and still eating pizza from the Alibi in Troy. However, many other things have changed. Our home is not a custom home, we chose between four models. Gone are the fields of my youth, to be replaced by homes and businesses. Yes, "They paved Paradise and put up a parking lot.” But the parking lot is adjacent to some wonderful businesses, restaurants, bike trails, soccer fields, baseball fields, hockey rinks etc... which were not here back in the 60’s. My hometown Eccentric newspaper is gone, but Rochester Patch has taken its place with some of the best up-to-date news stories ever. Where else can you hear about a local car accident within minutes? Or be able to respond so quickly to articles read.
Best of all, I have found my writing passion again in a personal blog as well as through Rochester Patch.
My writings will be focused on the Mind, Body and Spirit as I come into that period in life known as middle age (yikes!) Whether it is a book that inspires me, a great workout, or just my thoughts on life’s mysteries, I hope you will enjoy reading!
I am thrilled to be given the opportunity to write once again for my hometown publication. I have come full circle.