BFP Update: Gone- But Not Fishing

goneI’ve been intending to write this update since … well, mid July. Many of you have been wondering (some of you out loud) as to the reason for the absence of my usual long narratives and commentaries here at Boiling Frogs Post. I certainly owe you an explanation, and by ‘you’ I mean our loyal BFP supporters. The short explanation would be: one of the most chaotic (roller-coaster) months of my life. As to the long answer … I’ll spare you the painful and tedious details, and try to briefly summarize the path I have been on lately.

Those of you who have known me and this website know very well how I’ve been trying hard to get out of this sin city (Washington DC). Some of you know about my lobbyists-MIC-parasitic government insiders’ neighborhood. A few of you know even more;-) Anyhow, after three years of trying, we finally sold our house last month. While part of me was ready to jump up and down with joy, the other part was busy dressing the wounds caused by what is referred to as a ‘fire sale.’ To top that, we were given this condition of speedy move out and transfer. To top that further, during this very short period we had to sell all furniture and what-not (everything except for photos, documents, books, and a few sentimental items). And to top all that, I had to do all this while continuing my full-time motherhood, and taking care of my sunny and handful four-year old daughter…But that’s not all. Not even half of it!

Here, I am going to remind myself-again: I must spare you the details. With that in mind, here is where I am and where I’m headed:

We are out of our house which was our home for over 16 years. The pain of fire-sale has subsided a bit. We are currently in a temporary furnished rental apartment that is centrally but painfully located. Why? From every window of this 11th floor unit I get to see Pentagon buildings. Again, those of you who know me know that saying it is ‘painful’ is no exaggeration. Yuck.

Anyhow, this week we’ll leave this area for good (Hooray!). We will be on the road (also in the air) for about two weeks. Our final destination (or maybe a transitional destination) is the state of Oregon- Any Oregonian here among our BFP irate minority members? How is that for getting pretty far from this sin city-yet still within the borders of our nation? The next 2-3 weeks will be filled with travel, rental home hunting, and basically starting all over. By September 3 I should be settled enough to get back to my writings/analyses/research. Please don’t worry- BFP won’t be completely down. We’ll have our usual weekly video reports with James Corbett. Andrew Gavin Marshall and Peter B Collins will continue our weekly podcast series. Paul Jamiol will provide you with his editorial cartoons and weekend music. And we’ll showcase our partner and contributing authors’ articles and analyses. During the next two weeks I won’t be able to spend the usual 4-5 hours daily for our nightly news and editorial round up, however, I will be in touch, and may even have a few commentaries during this gypsy stage.

On another front, a real good one that is, I am proud to announce our upcoming exclusive BFP podcast series produced by Eric Draitser. Starting this September, Eric will have a weekly podcast show filled with exciting interviews, commentaries, and international news updates. As with our other multi-media productions, Eric’s weekly show will be initially available to our BFP subscribers, and available to all a few weeks later…

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  1. Best of luck in the difficult transition, Ms. Edmonds.

  2. I wish you and your family every happiness and above all peace.

  3. Take as long as you need. Sept 3, 10, 17…..will it really help if you are hurrying back to write? take the time.

  4. Sibel,

    You’re certainly leaving the beltway and that’s probably a very good thing. It must be insufferable to be amongst all the neocons and lobbyists and the national security state sycophants.

    Oregon is like Maine I suppose… removed… relaxing in many ways. I wish you the best as you make the transition… moving is hell and moving far and with a child is even more stress. But in the end things will be calmer in many ways and you can resume right where you left off. Your voice and work is very important to so many and especially for our collective future … if we are to have one worth living.

    Take care… we’re right here waiting patiently.

  5. The Road goes ever on and on
    Down from the door where it began.
    Now far ahead the Road has gone,
    And I must follow, if I can,
    Pursuing it with eager feet,
    Until it joins some larger way
    Where many paths and errands meet.
    And whither then? I cannot say.

    -From The Fellowship of the Ring, Book I, Chapter 1

  6. If you have the option and desire, I would suggest looking for a place that would, perhaps in the future, have good potential for growing food, ie good sun exposure, decent precipitation, perhaps even near a natural water source, etc. Not that you have time to maintain gardens (though fruit trees aren’t as difficult), but with the economic, ecological, and social instability, it just make sense to think in this direction when relocating. I’ve also rented in a place where residents were able to start a small community garden. Best of luck on the move!

  7. Oregon analysis. I love Oregon, lived there 8 years. The Cascades are great for cross country skiing and mushroom hunting. The coastal range is good for kayaking. The Willamette Valley (like Dammit) is very fertile. Some of the most progressive people in the country are in that region, Golden Temple Granola, thousand acre organic farms, it is a community. Like all states, Oregon has its difficulties. California is falling apart to the south, and those that don’t skirt Oregon for the wealthier Washington State, bring the problems of California. Then of course there is the Fukushima drift arriving relentlessly according to projections in another year and a half. The hardest thing for newcomers is the rain – 8 months. A sunny 4 year old will help. Getting involved in community activities like teaching which I did, and mushroom hunting gets you through the worst of the rain.

  8. Congratulations on your move. I know how much and how long you’ve wanted to get out. Best wishes as you make the transition. I hope despite all the hassles it’ll involve there’ll also be a bit of an air of adventure for you in getting used to new places.

  9. Best of luck to you and yours, Sibel! If anyone needs to catch a break it’s you and your family!

  10. Mgrdichian says:

    I hope you find the peace you’re yearning for. All Bests.

  11. TragedyandHope says:

    Good luck as you travel toward the ‘best coast’. If you and your family are ever in the Seattle area, please reach out for a home-cooked meal and good conversation in a safe place. Take care, and thank you for all that you do….P.S. we loved your memoir (although, at times, I wanted to punch something!) and we loan it out often. Very impressive saga, and very well written…bravo!

  12. jschoneboom says:

    Congratulations on ditching DC, Sibel! I lived there for 10 years (I’m a fellow GWU alum) and met my wife there, made a couple of good friends, but apart from that, yick! Glad to be gone.

    Oregon is beautiful — nice choice. May your move be smooth and your time there be happy. Don’t stress about the website, we’ll be fine and we’ll welcome you back when you’re good and ready.

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