FROM THE EDITOR
Welcome to the debut issue of Skyblue2u. While this combination e-Zine and e-commerce site, and much that they encompass are an entirely new venture, they do spring from both a long held vision and long cherished dreams. As editor and current holder of most of the managerial reigns at this enterprise, I am attempting not only to launch a hopefully prosperous business, I am also privileged to be afforded the chance to address that personal vision and live those dreams. It is my sincere hope that you will share interests at some intersection with that vision and that you will meet in this forum some potential for fulfillment of your own dreams.
Without focusing too extensively on my personal history, allow me a brief introduction. I am of the "Boomer" generation and among the many of that span now nearing retirement age. While I carry no doubt as to my own definite determination to quit my day job as soon as eligibility allows, I also am confirmed through both choice, personal work ethic, and simple financial necessity to pursue a second career. There is an old saying that in marriage the first time is for love and the second for money. The reverse applies here. The job I will soon retire from has never been for other than equitable monetary compensation, affording nothing in the way of personal satisfaction beyond sole knowledge of having performed my duties there to the best of my ability for 35 years. This time it will be different. This time, though candidly striving for financial recompense, I expect the primary rewards to come through the challenge of creative opportunity and personal satisfaction at having met that challenge. Wise people advise that we pursue as our means of supporting ourselves those things, which also bring us personal satisfaction. That in essence is the difference between having a job, and having a vocation. Put in simplest form I have heard it stated: "Do what you love and you will never work a day in your life."
Skyblue2u is, in my vision, the doorway to just such a life. From the youthful origins of that almost too sanguine name, to the distant horizons of what I hope for it to become, it is a vision drawn from the innermost resources of my being. I hope that you, as a visitor, patron, and perhaps a sometime contributor here, will find it a welcoming and comfortable place. I will end this introduction with one more quote. It is one I only recently became sentient of, but to which I relate on many levels and from various perspectives.
"I am searching, I am striving, I am in it with all my heart."
-Vincent Van Gogh
Me too Vincent.