No. 111

The Lost Colony

Growing up, it was always the ghost stories, the mysteries, the tales of fantastical times and other worlds that I loved the most. They sparked my imagination. They opened my eyes to the wonders around me.

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Sometime in the 20th century, the mysteries of the world-before seemed to disappear. There’s no doubt a historical explanation for it all: the psyche of the time, the rise of science, the flood of technology into daily life. But in our quest to learn the world’s inner workings, in our search to demystify, new mysteries have arisen. Perhaps it is our current limited understanding, but I suspect something more: I think the world knows we need mysteries.

For me, the adventure of life is in the unknown, in the moment, in the surroundings that whisper secrets to us.

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The lost colony of Roanoke is one such secret. It was one of the first English settlements in the New World, and it was in Roanoke that Virginia Dare, the first newborn of English descent, was born. Three short years later, the colonists had disappeared, leaving their homes abandoned. Where had the inhabitants disappeared to? Why was there no indication or writings about what had taken place?

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Over the past months, I have felt as if I were one of those colonists — disappearing without word or writings. And it is even stranger that I find myself now in a city with the same name, nestled at the foot of the Appalachian mountains. This is not the lost colony, but I wonder if I am still a bit lost.

But I’m in the process of finding. I have already discovered so much this summer: my voice, my passion, my strength… But it was my heart that called me here, and I feel as the first settlers of the lost colony might have, stepping into a vast new landscape filled with unknowns. And I have never known such beauty.

About brandi

Brandi is a digital strategist, website developer, and founder of Alchemy+Aim, a company that helps entrepreneurs and business owners elevate their online presence and enhance their digital experience. Her academic background in theatre, philosophy and physics was the perfect foundation for launching her business, where she’s worked with Brené Brown, Laverne Cox, Judy Smith, and other notable thought leaders since 2013. She is an advocate for using technology in ways that humanize, connect and serve people as well as for asking deeper philosophical questions and teaching others to think more broadly about impact when they create, particularly in STEAM fields.

4 thoughts on “The Lost Colony

  1. I love the way you write. So poetic. I couldn’t agree with you more – mystery, history, what’s gone before and what’s still to come light me up too.

    Your adventure sounds wonderful, my dear. Thankyou for teaching me something new too in the story of Roanoke. x

  2. i am so glad you are back. and i need to call you and catch up. my heart is fluttering with excitement and joy for you. bisous beautiful lady ~

  3. Brandi, I’ve missed your words and stories and photos…
    Although this is your space, I feel I must say welcome back. As always, I can’t wait to see what’s in store.

    Have a beautiful evening!

  4. Nice writing Brandi! Glad you haven’t given up on all us WordPress amateurs. You’ve helped me a lot already, and it’s comforting to know I can always turn to you when I get stuck…or when I want a new look for my site! Cheers, Mark.

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Jane Reaction

(logo and original branding) is a graphic design and art director who works with with small businesses and creative entrepreneurs, creating cohesive and interesting brands and websites.

Carrie Coleman

(photography) is a wedding photographer, whose goal is to capture the visual expression of a couple's love through timeless, organic images. She is based in Charlottesville, Virginia.