Tattered Past

Tattered Past: My ongoing journey through genealogy, history, writing, self-exploration and art. ~~~ Rita Ackerman

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Finding My Way

I picked up my mail this morning and there was the most recent issue of Tombstone Times, "Tombstone Arizona's History and Information Journal." There on the first page readers are welcomed to their 8th year. My how time flies. I have known Janice and Keith, publishers and editors of the monthly journal, almost since the beginning. They print history, events and feel- good news from the town. I have been doing a column about the history of the various buildings for the past few years.

I have always loved the Old West. I grew up watching the wonderful old westerns on television: Wyatt Earp, Gunsmoke, and Have Gun, Will Travel. Besides visiting the Wild West through the television screen I was born and raised near Dodge City, Kansas. I loved the old museum, the streetfights and having a sarsaparilla in the Long Branch Saloon.

The love of the Old West stayed with me and became a a big part of my life about 12 years ago. I've made friends with reenactors, authors, actors, and other enthusiasts. I even have my own book, O.K. Corral Postscript: The Death of Ike Clanton. I spend hours every week researching and writing about the West. I'm still trying to find a way to merge that part of me with another budding part of me.

I discovered art/visual journaling about a year ago and it has made a big difference in my life. My goals, my thoughts, my dreams have all shifted. I've discovered a part of me I didn't completely accept until now. I am creative, I am a writer, I am an artist and I love helping others discover their own creative self. A shift in my way of thinking and doing.

Also on the cover of the Tombstone Tmes is the word HOPE. Is it coincidence that this is my word for 2010? Of course not. I just have to apply it to my everyday life and spread the word to all I come in contact with.

P.S. Congratulations Janice and Keith and keep up the good work.