Goodnight Ramona

Even as retirement looms
Tension unabates
Everything is important
One mistake
Can ruin everything

Detail and compliance
Rule my life
A sense of hurtling
Through space
Its friction
Tearing through my space suit

This new place.
A walk behind the house
Up the side of the mountain
Reading “Property Boundary –
National Forest Behind This Sign”

It’s quiet here.
A bark in the distance
Children’s voices bounce endlessly
Across the vale

Ten weeks
And I hit the wall
Fall off the cliff
Either way
It will be an adventure

In 1984 I started my glazing apprenticeship. The last 32+ years with the same company.
We have grown to a sizable concern, glazing many hospitals, universities and such.
April 1, 2023 will start a new chapter.

(Photograph -a sunset in Ramona CA)


  1. Beautiful photograph, it looks like a nice place to retire. Somehow I thought you were retired already. I debate with myself about retirement, early that is, and that “one mistake can ruin everything” really resonates. It’s a bit transition and I hope you’ll navigate it smoothly to a rewarding retirement.

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    1. Thank you Alessandra. The retirement numbers are ok, it’s work that is still very pressing/critical.
      Construction is a business that requires a hyper-focus for any measure of success.


  2. Remember the wise words of Koheleth:
    “There is nothing better for a man than to eat and drink and tell himself that his labor is good. This also I have seen, that it is from the hand of God. For who can eat and who can have enjoyment without Him?”
    Eccl 2:24-25 NASB

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