The abyss is defined as a decision where we consider the previously unimaginable or are faced with having to let go of a system of beliefs and/or comfort we thought we could rely upon. Nothing in our past offers any guidance of how to make this decision. Bruce Bowdon is a retired middle school teacher who spent his entire 43-year career at the same school. He likes to think he is one of the best songwriters you have never heard of and currently volunteers at the Shiloh food pantry in Avondale.