After a great deal of thought and not a small amount of angst I have decided to announce my retirement. I will no longer be doing demonstrations or classes. You may see a book from me before everything's said and done.
I so very much appreciate the years of support and attention I've received from clients and participants alike. Without you, I couldn't have devoted 30-plus years to sharing the information I've hunted down on the colonial domestic and commercial sphere. Your interest has driven me to higher forms of research, and I've made many new and cherished friends. Thank you all for these incredible years we've shared. I'm not going into hiding, just lightening the load where I know I won't be able to deliver what I want to deliver.
So why, and what'll I be doing instead?
What I'll be doing in retirement is a cloudy area. I've been diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia, a degenerative neurologic condition. From the NIA website: "Lewy body dementia (LBD) is a disease associated with abnormal deposits of a protein called alpha-synuclein in the brain. These deposits, called Lewy bodies, affect chemicals in the brain whose changes, in turn, can lead to problems with thinking, movement, behavior, and mood. Lewy body dementia is one of the most common causes of dementia." It has characteristics not unlike dementia, Alzheimer's, and Parkinson's combined.
It's not all bad.
I am blessed with having a husband and a daughter who love me unconditionally and support me to the utmost. Lance and Abby are my bulwarks, shoring me up and keeping me steady. I am not alone in this.
I don't give you this information to ask for sympathy - it's because LBD is not well advertised, and there currently is no cure. The deterioration is rapid, painful, and, at this time, unstoppable. Please read up on it, and make others aware. Support those fighting it in any way you can.