2016 Holiday Letter

Another Christmas production has come to a close and I now have a little time to breathe and reflect as the end of the year approaches.  And it has been quite a year.  So, a little holiday update on the Ruxes.

I’ll start off talking about my better half, Michelle.  Over the course of the past year, she has grown in the position she took at church in the second half of 2015, which is Director of Connections.  Basically, her job is to help people who come to our church connect with the church and each other.  Sounds simpler than it really is.  Well, this year, she went from being on a year-to-year contract to a permanent staff member.  She really loves her job, even when it is frustrating her.  And I can’t wait to see how she grows more into it in 2017.

New L.A. Book Cover

As for me, in March, I self-published an ebook.  And that was a huge step for me.  As most of you know, I’m not one for putting myself out there, and this was putting myself way out there.  I’m glad I did and every time I hear somebody has read it & enjoyed it, it really makes me day.  And quick shameless plug, if you like sci-fi adventure, or know somebody who does, you can buy a copy on Amazon here and read it on the free Kindle app.   Ok, shameless plug over.  I’ve spent a good portion of this year writing a follow-up novel, which is still in editing.  Hope to get that out in early 2017.

Sunrise over Yuma, Az

I’ve had other adventures this year.  In May, I flew out to California and drove back not once, but twice.  A friend of my mother-in-law moved from Newport Beach, Ca to here and I flew out and drove her car, loaded down with her stuff, across country to Florida.  Then, I was home for a week before I flew back out to California.  My parents decided to buy a house in Florida while out here for Spring Training and so I helped them move across country to about seven miles from my place in Florida.  It’s nice having them out here, but May was a tiring month.

May was a rough month in other ways.  One of my favorite aunts took a turn for the worse and ended up passing away in May.  Fortunately, I was able to detour up her way on my first cross-country trip and got to spend some time with her.  I still remember my last tiny interaction with her.  It was early in the morning when I was leaving and continuing on home to Florida.  I had just run my Dad out to the airport so he could fly back to California and continue packing for the big move.  I came back to pick up the car I was driving across country and grab a quick breakfast.  I walked in the front door and I see my aunt in her room at the end of the hall looking my way.  I said, “Morning!” and she smiled.  I went on to grab breakfast and saw she was out again when I was ready to leave.  So, I quietly slipped out and headed on my way.  But, I will always carry the memory of that little moment in time.

As can be seen above, Michelle and I are planting some deep roots here in Florida now.  Over the course of the last year, we both have let go of our lives in the theatre.  For her, a big moment was when she decided not to keep up on her Equity dues and let her membership slide.  For me, I was finally able to let go of the bitterness I felt about the end of my theatre career.  It didn’t end as I hoped and I had a lot of regrets.  Writing this now and looking back, I realize I went through the stages of grief and this year, I finally got to acceptance.

Little Mermaid, Jr.
Christmas in Our Neighboorhood

Besides, I get to scratch the theatre itch occasionally.  This year, our church renovated the main sanctuary, giving it a more theatre feel.  And this included upgrading the sound system.  I love the new sound board at church.  It’s my baby.  And occasionally, we’ve had some productions in there where I tend to handle sound.  In addition to the Christmas production we just finished, we had a kids theatre group put up a production of Little Mermaid, Jr.  So, I’m still able to use those skills and scratch that itch occasionally.

Church’s Behringer x32

Lastly, I wanted to introduce you all to the newest addition to our family.  In November 2015, we lost our cat, Corey.  And we have spent the past year mourning, not in a hurry to get another pet.  Well, long story short, last week, Michelle ended up rescuing a kitten from the middle of a busy road.  After much discussion, we decided to take the kitten in.  So I would like to introduce you all to Hope, our new cat.


Anyways, I hope everyone has an awesome Christmas and may 2017 be better than 2016!

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