April 13, 2019-
I cam close to making what would have been a pre-mature, and perhaps reckless, decision. It basically would have meant leaving my Home Base, earlier than expected. It became unnecessary.
Although, I have felt a good deal less welcome here, since the events of April 3- and yes, people in this growing town still do talk and pass judgement- there are still a few pockets in Prescott where I can go and feel safe. I spent an hour or so at such a place, Ms. Natural’s, where the owner is relatively friendly and glad for my business-even if her helpers are a bit on the hostile side. I also went to Farmers’ Market, where a few of the vendors remain friendly.
The Arizona Department of Education has decided to renew my substitute teaching certificate. This at least will give me the opportunity to maintain a flexible work schedule, bounce back from the most recent assaults on my reputation and show, yet again, that I am basically a loving and competent educator. So, the notion to retire early, leave this area and re-establish myself, somewhere else, is not something I need to pursue for the time being. I will be safe enough, among the Baha’is and a few other friends. Hopefully, things will even out and I can follow my game plan until December, 2020.