On May 26th, 2006 I first wrote my inaugural post in welcoming everyone to the “World of Naperville”. This blog was born out of my frustration of feeling disconnected from the the incredible “can do” community I chose to live in and raise my family craving a sense of my former small town roots.
My daily commute was very long and there were many days during the winter months I never even saw Naperville by daylight during weekdays. For the next 4 years, I would continue my plight to stay “virtually” involved and invested in Naperville by being a voice that documented all of the heart and soul of our community from the perspective of someone who actually lives here.
In this time, I’ve done everything I could to contribute my passion and talents to our community. I shot and directed a documentary film about Ribfest, I’m working on a longer term documentary film about an internationally-renowned local arts icon in the world of opera and ballet, I participated in the Naperville Citizens Academy, I’ve coached little league football, exhibited my Naperville photography including 4 commissioned photos that hang in the lobby of a corporate building on Diehl Road, I’ve volunteered at my children’s elementary school, I’ve delivered a school assembly presentation about being a composer, I’ve worked with local restauranteurs producing food-based media and have observed many things that have changed and some that have not changed at all. I’ve seen the prosperous times and the heartbreaking lows impact our community.
Over the past year or so, my posts have declined for a very good reason. I started my own company and now work here in Naperville on a daily basis. But now, I feel I’ve grown distant from my community by spending a little too much time in the office disconnected. So two things are happening, first I’m renewing my mission to publish this blog and second, in the next couple of months I’m moving my office into Downtown Naperville inside the walls of one of the oldest buildings!!! I’m very excited about the road ahead and hope you will stay tuned for more insights and observations from the World of Naperville.
With Gratitude. SM