A few weeks ago a friend of mine asked, “Kevin. Where have you been? News From An Acorn has been quiet for months.” And it’s true. It’s been sixteen months since I last posted to News From An Acorn. My initial absence of a few months was intentional but then life got in the way and months just rolled along. But I’m happy to say that with this post and several new pages, News From An Acorn Returns.
My ongoing back issues intensified, which made sitting for any stretch of time just too damn painful. (Thanks to modern medicine I’m much better now, however!) And then there was the wrap-up, retirement really, of running the Quaker retreat program for children for 26 years, (see my previous post) which culminated in a Spirit-filled celebration of my ministry among Friends in New England Yearly Meeting Sessions in August of 2013. That wonderful occasion, and all that it meant, took me months to sort out in my head, heart and Spirit.
Quakers young and not so young showered me in a service of celebration and worship with song, skits, notes and keepsakes, which were presented to me in a beautifully hand-carved wooden box. To be honest, it took me almost three months to be able to open that box and begin reading what was inside. Talk about needing time to process! (More on this, with photos from Skip Schiel, in my next post)
Over the past year I have been transitioning from running the retreat program to staffing it, which I am especially enjoying. And I’ve been writing all of these months too, just not on this site.
Introducing Youth Workers Toolbox!
Knowing that I would likely also retire in two to three years from my full-time job as the Youth Advocate for the Town of Dartmouth (MA), I started writing, or at least attempted, to get on to paper everything that I have learned about working with children, teens, and families over the past forty years in a new blog called Youth Workers Toolbox. Doing so helped me to give and to pass on to a new generation some nuggets that would ultimately help children and teens into the future. Youth Workers Toolbox also helped me to transition from running the retreat program and in more subtle way also helped me to get my head wrapped around the fact that my thirty-year career as a Youth Advocate would also conclude sooner than later.
Youth Workers Toolbox, though never, ever done, is fleshed out enough to be a good resource for others who want to learn about the stuff they won’t teach in social worker school, or, if a person is beginning to work with young people within their faith community, etc, and they want to get off to a good, healthy start.
So that has gobbled up a year and more. All the while, however, the urge to return to News From An Acorn, which I began seven years earlier as my personal blog, kept nibbling at my heart and Spirit. Now, feeling able to back off from pouring my head into the creation of Youth Workers Toolbox, I’m headed home to my roots, my heart, and the place where I feel that my soul can sing at News From An Acorn.
And here’s a kicker…. I noticed last week that for some strange reason that my stats (hit counts on this site) not only didn’t suffer during my sixteen months absence, they actually increased! I’m not sure if I should be delighted or depressed about that, frankly. But here’s what I really know about all that. It does not matter, because I’m home.
Thank you for taking the time to read this. And thank you, just because.
Text by K.Lee. Photo courtesy of Skip Schiel,