I have been absent for quite some time, and had always assumed that my blog followers understood my circumstances from visiting my Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/gail.fraser.543). I was wrong about that, and now understand that many of you who have been so loyal to Lumby have been left in the dark. For that, I apologize.
Stepping back: March 31st of last year, Art Poulin, my husband, closest friend and business partner of 20 years, passed away, just eight weeks after being diagnosed with glioblastoma brain cancer. Immediately thereafter, I sold Lazy Goose, packed up my life and headed south to where Art and I were planning to live. Although the arc of grief was painful and exhausting, after about eight months, the clouds lifted enough for me to look around and start to get my bearings. Slowly, I began to rebuild a new life based on friendships, purpose and passions.
I now live in Naples, Florida, and am fulfilled and happy, although I always feel Art’s absence. Every morning, I either long distance swim or golf, and every afternoon I am working in my office. Most of my focus has been on managing Art’s portfolio – his originals (www.artpoulin.com), his international licenses, etc – and meeting our contractual commitments. Recently, I have found time enough to blow the dust off my manuscript and reread Between Lumby and God. It’s about six chapters away from completion of the first draft. When done, it will go through rewrite and copy edit, and finally, publication. But at least it is now on my desk.
So, I suppose all I can say is that sometimes we are dealt cards that we never ever expect to be handed. And it’s devastating. In those times, we can only do our best to move forward, first in inches, and then in feet. I ask for your patience during this process.
Thank you for your continued loyalty to Lumby, and I hope to hear from you soon.