Ups and Down

by Deon Lyons

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Hello, all you amazing people! How are you all doing? Great, I hope! I haven’t posted anything for a while, so I figured I would just pop in to say hi, and let you know that I’m doing OK.
I started my online college course a couple weeks ago, and for the most part, it’s going well. I did run into some difficulty learning the Blackboard program that is necessary to take online courses, and is also necessary to take most of the on-campus courses as well. This program is accessible for the most part, but is quite cumbersome to navigate. Fact is, it is very difficult, even for us blind billy goats. After some intense tutoring sessions with Nicholas at Kennebec Valley Community College’s TRiO, I am making headway and have been able to get into the necessities so that I can get the work done. It’s huge to finally feel comfortable in doing so, but I also realize that I have a long way to go. The class runs for 7 weeks and we’re just heading into week 3.
I am taking Intro to Sociology; my wife believes I’ll definitely get an A in the class. As skeptical as I usually am, I’m taking nothing for granted and holding nothing back.
Thank you all for your support of this blog site; I hope you keep coming back. I’ll try to keep writing when I can. It’s funny how much growth my writing has seen these past five years, and it’s amazing as I look ahead and dream where the next five will take me, take this blog, and although I’ve got a long way to go yet, I have come a long way.
You all rock big time, you know?
I’ve discovered some really good new music these past few weeks. I’ve eaten a lot of chocolate, worn down the tip of my mobility cane a bit, went to the drive-in theater, eaten a little more chocolate, listened to a few shows, a few movies, discovered a couple more music artists, tried my hand at mowing the lawn, wondered why I ever tried my hand at mowing the lawn, counted my toes, recounted my toes, prayed that I still had all seven of my toes, and then prayed for more chocolate.
That’s it. Nothing more, nothing less, just me and you and a dog named Boo. Oh yeah, there’s also a little promise that I’ll keep adding to this blog when I get a chance.
I’ve had my ups and downs the past few months. I’ve added a few new friends, lost a couple of really good old friends, made a few mistakes, realized a couple of things, forgot a few more and all the while I’m just trying to make it to the pillow every night. I miss all the things that I used to do and give thanks for the things that I do. I will always remember those eyes of blue and try to live up to the gaze of my family.
OK, I admit it. I’m getting carried away. I hope you all have a great time doing whatever it is that you do.