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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Bill Pekarski: Day 315, Living life on my terms

Bill Pekarski:

Day 315, Living life on my terms.

Well, I finally got out the calendar to figure out when my milestone of day 365 will fall. I will have completed a full year of “Living life on my terms” on Sept 7th. I am not sure if I will be celebrating my accomplishment with a big party or just with my wife and a bottle of champagne; either way, it has been a great year.

Being able to go downtown and sit on a park bench for a little while, I am amazed with how many people take the time to stop and tell me how they appreciate my stories. The other day, a very nice gentleman walking his dog stopped to ask if I was that “guy on Solomon’s Words—that Living life on my terms?” I replied; “Yes sir; that’s me.” He then said God bless you” and “keep it up!” He has no idea as to how much those simple words meant to me.

I really should thank Jim Jones and his wife Cynthia who are the editors and publishers of the Solomon’s Words blog/news site. They have posted many of my stories on their website and helped to spread my musings well beyond the reaches of Facebook to many people who would not otherwise be able to read it. People have reached out to me from across the country referencing how they were touched by one of my stories on Solomon’s Words.

Another person I should thank for adding exposure to my stories is Robert (Bob) Hooftallen who has published several of my stories and topics in his weekly newspaper; “The Endeavor.” Bob is a good old God’s Country boy and dedicated family man. Like many of us, he cares deeply about our community and the people in it as well as what the future holds for us.

I do still try to refer to my writings as stories and I have been hesitant to call them a “column” as I do not have any direct connection with any media source. It is however an honor to be considered a column and I am warming up to the idea, especially as day 365 approaches.

I did actually sort of work for newspapers in the past. Paul Heimel got me started writing inner city baseball stories at age 11 and introduced me to photography few years later. As I got older, I started writing other sports stories and my photos were featured weekly in the Potter County Leader and Leader-Enterprise. A while later I ended up working with him in the communications department for Adelphia where I was really able to hone my writing skills. Along the way, I even got to help him with editing and photography in his books as well.

So I guess I should just face facts that “Living life on my terms” is a column. The only question remains do I keep going after I finish a year or do I call that an end?

I think I need to keep going. There are many more stories out there that need to be written and I seem to find inspiration just about everywhere I go. My only question now is do I keep the same title for my column or should I change it after a year? I would welcome the opinions and input of others as I toil with that decision.

Today I am dedicating my progress to Jim and Cynthia Jones, Robert Hooftallen, and Paul Heimel. I am honored to consider each of you friends and mentors.

1 comment :

Paula said...

Please continue with your very enjoyable musings and memories! I'm not on Facebook, and really appreciate that your writings are shared on Solomon's Words. (Thanks Jim, too!) As for my opinion on the title going forward after day 365.... I think you should just keep the numbers rolling on as a testament to your progress. God Bless you, Bill.