“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve imagined.” – Henry David Thoreau
A funny thing happened a couple of months back. A woman named Diane left a thoughtful comment on one of my blog posts, prompting me to have a little look at her blog. I was in a bit of a rush that day, so I just read her most recent post and made a comment. A week or so later, she commented again on one of my posts, and I headed back to her blog to investigate further. This time I read a little more and discovered that she was a photographer and author, that she had published a novel, and that she and her husband had recently bought a house in Sicily. It might have been on this second visit that I realized that, like me, she lived on Vancouver Island.
It wasn’t until my third visit to Diane’s blog that I saw a picture of her – and realized that she and I had taught in the same high school together for a ten year period in the 1990’s! Isn’t blogging a funny thing? We connect in such different ways here that it never occurred to me that I might know Diane.
But here is the best part of this story. When Diane and I worked together, she was a single mom who had endured a nasty divorce and was raising her daughter alone. I suspect that those were difficult years for her. All these years later, I am absolutely delighted to see that she is happily remarried, pursuing all kinds of creative endeavours, and, in buying a home in Sicily, fulfilling the kind of dream that most of us aren’t courageous enough to even imagine. I am so inspired by the way that Diane is living her life.
And I am grateful, too, that she nominated me (some time back, I’m afraid) for “The Versatile Blogger Award”. Thank you so much, Diane!
Please take some time to visit Diane Gallagher Photos. Diane’s photos and writing celebrate the beauty of her two island homes, Vancouver Island and Sicily, and her blog is a jewel.