I was on my very expensive and unreimbursed photo trip to Yellowstone and the Tetons to improve my photography skills and gather material for my newspaper columns when I got laid off. Twelve years with the Huntington Beach Independent had come to an end. My husband got the news at home and let me know on the first full day of my trip. What a blow.
It wasn’t personal. The Los Angeles Times directed community newspapers to lay off all of their columnists except for the one on the front page. And as an environmental and gardening columnist, I certainly wasn’t on the front page. I was relegated to near dead last, right before sports.
Worse, I was scheduled to go to a garden writers conference in Tucson last week. I was able to get my conference fee and hotel refunded, but had to eat the airfare.
I am now busy redefining myself. Now that I’m no longer a newspaper columnist, who am I? Am I still a writer/photographer for pay? Well, yes, I still produce power point presentations for the natural history class that I co-teach with my husband. He does all of the teaching and I provide material for lectures and collect the pay. Pretty sweet deal. And I still work at the Orange County Conservation Corps, teaching young at-risk adults, mainly male Hispanic gang members ages 18-22. So even though I will be 70 in a few months, I’m not retired. Nor do I want to be.
I’m sad to lose my newspaper job. The pay wasn’t much, but I really enjoyed it. Oh well, now on to whatever is next in life. Now that I no longer have a Monday newspaper deadline, perhaps I will have time to participate in Harvest Mondays. There was a harvest this week, but I didn’t bother to photograph it. So much for having more time.
Oops, wrong, I found a couple of photos.
On to the harvest for the week.
15 oz Avocados
3 oz Lime
5 lb 3 oz Watermelon (the last one–the others were stolen from my community garden plot while I was on vacation)
6 lbs 5 oz Fruit
18 oz Bell Peppers
10 oz Eggplant
1 oz Green Onion
SUBTOTAL 1 lb 12 oz oz Vegetables
TOTAL 8 lbs 1 oz PRODUCE plus 3 eggs (only one hen is laying and she’s beginning to molt)
If you had a harvest, or to see what others are harvesting, visit Daphne’s Dandelions.