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"We struggle with dream figures and our blows fall on living faces." Maurice Merleau-Ponty

When I started this blog in 2011, I was in a time of transition in my life between many identities - that of Artistic Director of a company (Apocryphal Theatre) to independent writer/director/artist/teacher and also between family identity, as I discover a new family that my grandfather's name change at the request of his boss in WWII hid from view - a huge Hungarian-Slovak contingent I met in 2011. Please note in light of this the irony of the name of my recently-disbanded theatre company. This particular transition probably began in the one month period (Dec. 9, 2009-Jan. 7, 2010) in which I received a PhD, my 20 year old cat died on my father's birthday and then my father, who I barely knew, died too. I was with him when he died and nothing has been the same since. This blog is tracing the more conscious elements of this journey and attempt to fill in the blanks. I'm also writing a book about my grandmothers that features too. I'd be delighted if you joined me. (Please note if you are joining mid-route, that I assume knowledge of earlier posts in later posts, so it may be better to start at the beginning for the all singing, all dancing fun-fair ride.) In October 2011, I moved back NYC after living in London for 8 years and separated from my now ex-husband, which means unless you want your life upended entirely don't start a blog called Somewhere in Transition. In November 2011, I adopted a rescue cat named Ugo. He is lovely. As of January 2012, I began teaching an acting class at Hunter College, which is where one of my grandmothers received a scholarship to study acting, but her parents would not let her go. All things come round…I began to think it may be time to stop thinking of my life in transition when in June 2012 my stepfather Tom suddenly died. Now back in the U.S. for a bit, I notice, too, my writing is more overtly political, no longer concerned about being an expat opining about a country not my own. I moved to my own apartment in August 2012 and am a very happy resident of Inwood on the top tip of Manhattan where the skunks and the egrets roam in the last old growth forest on the island.

I am now transitioning into being married again with a new surname (Barclay-Morton). John is transitioning from Canada to NYC and as of June 2014 has a green card. So transition continues, but now from sad to happy, from loss to love...from a sense of alienation to a sense of being at home in the world.

As of September 2013 I started teaching writing (composition and rhetoric) as an adjunct professor at Fordham University, which I have discovered I love with an almost irrational passion. While felt blessed for the opportunity, after four years of this, the lack of pay combined with heavy work load stopped working, so have transferred this teaching passion to private workshops in my own apartment and working with writers one on one, which I adore. I will die a happy person if I never have to grade an assignment ever again.

I worked full time on the book thanks to a successful crowd-funding campaign in May 2014 and completed it at two residencies at Vermont Studio Center and Wisdom House in summer 2015. I have done some revisions and am shopping it around to agents and publishers now, along with a new book recently completed.

I am now working full-time as a freelance writer, writing workshop leader, coach, and editor. Contact me if you are interested in any of these services.

Not sure when transition ends, if it ever does. As the saying goes, the only difference between a sad ending and a happy ending is where you stop rolling the film.

For professional information, publications, etc., go to my linked in profile and website for Barclay Morton Editorial & Design. My Twitter account is @wilhelminapitfa. You can find me on Facebook under my full name Julia Lee Barclay-Morton. More about my grandmothers' book: The Amazing True Imaginary Autobiography of Dick & Jani

Recently, I started a website Our Grandmothers, Our Selves, which has stories about many people's grandmothers. Please check it out. I will be blogging there, too, now. You can also contact me through that site.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Last post from London...at least for a while

Movers arrived, albeit 7 hours late, and I did final packing for the plane.  The lateness of movers finally pushed me over the edge and I thought I was going to break down completely but did not.  Thanks to friends who stuck around and showed up in and between the saga, especially Cath and Sal.  I am very lucky in the friendship department.  Not so much with the movers, who had misspelled my name on the labels, etc.  My confidence is at an all time low with them, but I had no choice at this stage but to hope they would rectify everything and the stuff will make it eventually to NYC.  It's nerve-wracking.

Said goodbye to more dear people in my life and just feel like I will never stop crying.  Also said goodbye to Bill, my husband from whom I am separated and that was about as much fun as I'm sure you can imagine it was.

Weirdly enough today, another rabbit appeared, this one a white albino rabbit to compliment the black one.  Others witnessed it, thank God/dess or I too would doubt my sanity.  While I freaked out all day, they placidly munched grass and plants in the back garden.

So, the boxes are out of my hands - all 53 of them - and now I am off to bed.  Up early to fly to NYC via Iceland (!)  Good night and please wish me safe passage and I wish you many blessings.


  1. Safe passage, Julia! Thinking good thoughts for you, my dear.

  2. Dear Julia, good luck good luck good luck! I think the rabbit story says it all. One rabbit, munching away, in peace - what a great sign. Two rabbits, you may know from Jungian Psychology, means something really special and important and powerful is going on, so double peace. A white albino rabbit, now that is very very special, some religions are awaiting the albino, the white one, as the saviour! And to top it, it's the Chinese year of the rabbit, a lucky sign. "According to Chinese tradition, the Rabbit brings a year in which you can catch your breath and calm your nerves. It is a time for negotiation. Don't try to force issues, because if you do you will ultimately fail. To gain the greatest benefits from this time, focus on home, family, security, diplomacy, and your relationships with women and children. Make it a goal to create a safe, peaceful lifestyle, so you will be able to calmly deal with any problem that may arise" (http://www.stanssewingsupplies.com/catalogs/store.asp?pid=253080). Girl I think you a spot on! Ship ahoy!