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Well, I’m back. A move to a different apartment has taken way too much of my time in the past […]

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Well, I’m back. A move to a different apartment has taken way too much of my time in the past month. I’m still living in the midst of too many boxes but am glad to find a new, more accessible spot.

Moving is one of the huge life stress points. When my parents moved off of our longtime “home place” farm in the mid-1990s, someone remarked that moving could be more stressful than death or divorce. That seemed like an apt comment. Moving an entire farm over the period of several months likely brought unkind thoughts between my parents. It also could very well have led to a divorce.

My father was a saver; my mother was not. Let’s just say it was interesting.

This was my second home move in five years and third move if you count closing up the newspaper office and going to virtual office. I live in St. Paul, in an area where there has been much development. My longtime landlord had to ask me to move so he could renovate an apartment that had not had an update since the 1980s. I was happy there but he needed to renovate and raise rent. Every time something new was built nearby, his property value and taxes climbed.

Where I had lived most recently, a longtime local landlord recently sold the property. That was one factor.

Another was two years of upcoming street construction. Much of what you read in Access Press each month is produced in my apartment, and it was already a challenge to work with noisy neighbors and a school play field across the street. As an adult who lives with autism, I found such disruptions very difficult.

Another issue was accessibility. Many of us with mobility challenges are glad cameras are not around when we get in and out of bathtubs, right?

The move was very hard. I am not able to do what I did even five years ago. Hiring people was a challenge. The tally of broken things is four. Some things went into storage so there may be more, alas.

The move also resulted in my losing Internet service for two weeks. I have also lost access to a longtime phone number. Both should be restored soon but trying to set up a hot spot and working on a laptop in public places was so hard. Libraries are not quiet places any more.

But the good news is that I am back. We are putting the June issue together as this is written and it will be another good one. If you are worried that something got missed in the transition, please don’t hesitate to email me at [email protected] While deadline is usually the 15th for the print issue, if you have news items in by the 20th we should be OK.

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