As my time writing as an E-Journalist comes to a close, I want to thank those who read. It has been a wonderful experience to share my thoughts with you.
Some writers have a very distinct style, and I wish I could say that I have fully developed that. Alas, I cannot.Others have a focus they typically write on. As you can see from my previous articles, I also lack that. I studied creative writing for three years as an undergraduate student, and I can’t say with confidence that I write extremely creatively. I may never do anything meaningful with writing beyond what is here (even though I would love to). I have come to a place where I can accept that. That kind of acceptance can take time. I know that it has for me. Acceptance like that doesn’t mean giving up hope or being negative. Rather, I see it as meaning that you are not devastated when things don’t work out as you had planned. You can still see the positive.
So, in my lack of focus, it appears to me that I have mainly focused on two areas. I will continue that trend, in hopes of finding some focus.
Focus #1: School.
I am finally done with finals. It took me a week to catch up on sleep and to get rid of the dark circles under my eyes. My most notable final was the one held in the local Panera Bread for my teaching-social-studies class. We all presented lesson ideas on a poster board to our classmates there. These lesson plans were based on novels we had read. My classmate and I read a delightful book called When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit. It is the story of a little girl and her family who escape Nazi Germany and adapt to life in Zurich and Paris. Not to sound prideful, but our board was pretty amazing. We printed out illustrations from the book, actual pictures that I took in Zurich and Paris, and real World War II pictures, postcards, and clothing. Showing our boards was a great way to wrap up our semester as a class.
Enough about school! This is summer now!
Focus #2: Local travel destinations.
OK, so maybe my two Winter Park articles were not really “travel” destinations. But these are … kind of.
I am going to take you now to a faraway place: Volusia County. I have several favorite spots in Volusia County. When I want to go to the beach, I go to Smyrna Dunes State Park in New Smyrna Beach. You have to walk on a boardwalk through a nature preserve just to get to the shore. Once on the beach, the sand is white and pristine. The water is shallow, blue, and glassy. You can see the rust-colored Ponce Inlet Lighthouse and the rocks of the jetty. Parking is $5 for the day. I definitely recommend looking up the park directions via Google Maps for more information next time you want a beach day.
Nearby, across the inlet, is the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse. This lighthouse is the second tallest in the U.S. It is also the tallest lighthouse in the country that you can climb to the top of. Yes, that’s right, you can climb 203 steps to the top of the lighthouse and walk around the circular observation deck. The views are stunning; you can see for miles. Admission is $5 a person and includes access to the various museum buildings surrounding the lighthouse as well. For more information, visit www.ponceinlet.org.
Not too far away, in DeLand, you’ll find the John B. Stetson mansion. This enormous house was the first luxury home in Florida. The electricity installation was even supervised by Thomas Edison himself! The home has been beautifully renovated and redecorated and is available for guided tours, which last about half an hour. Admission is $13, and you must call or e-mail ahead to book a tour. While there, check out Boston’s Coffeehouse down the street in downtown. For more information, visit www.stetsonmansion.com.
Well, that is all I have. Thank you, and farewell!