Sleep is 42 to 56 hours a week of our lives. When we can’t get to sleep, we seek relief—medication, a CPAP machine, a new mattress.

Relationships can be 60 to 80 hours a week. In 2006, I decided not to be married anymore because in the most powerful higher-power moment of my life I came to recognize that “life is simply too short” for a bad relationship.

Which brings me to 2016, when I was stuck in a miserable work situation. Work takes up 40-plus hours a week. I didn’t feel like being smacked by “life is simply too short” once again.

I took some time to think about what I really wanted to do with the rest of my life and wound up entering graduate school to become a clinical mental health counselor. While in school, I found a much better work situation, coincidentally (if you believe in coincidences, which I don’t, but that’s a topic for another blog), with a counseling organization—a perfect marriage of present need and future desire.

All of which is to say I’m here writing and you, hopefully, are reading.

cropped-oan-logo2.jpgO.A.N. is the natural progression of my website, originally Open All Night Professional Writing and Editing Services. I created the website in 2010 near the end of a 30-year journalism career because I needed a vehicle to attract freelance work. Open All Night (thanks to The Boss for the name) has helped me earn much-needed extra cash over the years and through it I’ve met some amazing folks. Will I still freelance? Infrequently, but yes, and this website still has what anyone needs in that regard.

From now on, though, the newly redesigned O.A.N. will be my writing platform. The topics will be whatever is on my mind. That might be about writing, change, life, food, sports, politics (hopefully not too much of that!) or anything else that amuses me in the moment. I expect to write once or twice a week, probably posting on Thursday, like today, or Monday. Mostly, I want to give you all something short, engaging, amusing and enlightening (uh-oh, I just violated “The Rule of Three,” but that’s a topic for another blog). And I want and need your feedback. Likes, shares, comments? Bring ’em on.

So here goes my shot at blogging. Because my creative mind, which now more than ever I know is key to healthy living, will, I hope, always be O.A.N.