Birthday reflections

And a look forward

September has always been a pivotal month for me. There’s a back-to-school energy, now enhanced by not actually having to go back to school. Here on the island, most of the “summer people” are packing up the beach cabins, the ferry lines have become more reasonable, and we’re getting our island back. We have some rain after a very dry summer.

September’s also the month of my birthday, actually today, and my 72nd, if you’re counting. The start of a new trip around the sun coinciding with the change in seasons makes it a perfect time to look back, and forward. I’d like to share a look back, and forward, with this newsletter.

Around the beginning of 2022, I decided to quit the too many boards and advisory committees I was on. To keep in touch, I started an occasional infodump email to about a dozen former colleagues. I moved it to Substack not yet a year ago, and now have well over a hundred subscribers around the country and the world, and another fifty over on LinkedIn. I appreciate every one of you, wherever you read this. It’s an honor to write for you, and to have you read.

During the summer I offered you lighter fare, sharing posts about our island communities and our travel adventures in Europe. For the fall, I’m planning to offer more substantial pieces some of which are requiring some research. There may be longer gaps between these posts. I may sprinkle in some more community items. We have so many communities to choose from!

Please let me know in the comments :

  • Which posts have resonated with you?

  • What would you like to see more of?

  • What is the change in season to autumn (or spring!) bringing for you?

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11 thoughts on “Birthday reflections

  1. Thank you Kimia! They were drinking water and Puget Sound ecosystem and salmon recovery boards and committees. I’m still peeling the last of those Band-Aids off, one hair at a time. The why is a post that I need to write for Amanda Hinton’s Spectrum Spotlight!

  2. Thank you, Heidi, and thank you for being here.
    I have posts planned on land use and planning through a water and equity lens. It will always be one of my beats.

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