Called to check on my mother, and she sounded … happy.
Despite the new cancer-threat.
Or at least … in “good spirits”, as they say.
Not denying reality, but not sounding like it’s about to break either.
I believe that despite her frailty in some situations, my mother has gotten a lot stronger over the years.… Read more
“Real friendship or love is not manufactured or achieved by an act of will or intention. Friendship is always an act of recognition.”
― John O’Donohue, Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom
I feel this is true of family, too – as family gets to know each other over the years, and come closer.… Read more
Parents came by to visit – and to take home my US comics for storage, which – I’m sure you will understand – was more difficult for me to allow than most people would have guessed.
Those comics are a prized possession of stories that I enjoyed as a teen and still enjoy and they have been very formative for me, personally and creatively.… Read more
In line with my previous resolution that I should really, really try to keep weekends completely off – no matter the pressure – I tried just that today. And I was close to blowing it.
I had decided I wanted to promote the live-talk about Robinson, which I’m still confident I can have ready in January as announced on that website.… Read more
Spent the day trying to work, again, although I had promised to keep weekends off. It was not a good or efficient work-day, nor a good family day, then.
But I felt I had to give one last effort to do more on the live-talk about Real Robinson, because there had been so many interruptions during my ‘week off’ to do this very project.… Read more
My mum’s birthday (70th) and a small, intimate gathering of family and, of course, now that gathering includes Mr. Surprise himself – Jay.
I think it took some time for my mum to get over that we had not revealed our efforts for 6 years to have children; she doesn’t like to be kept out.… Read more
Wrote to all the attendants at Jay’s baptism and thanked them individually for their presents and presence. It took all day, but they earned it.
Not many days and social gatherings you can say that about, so when one shows up, it’s important to appreciate just that – and show it.… Read more
Spent some time with Char’s mum and grand mum and it was nice. I love my family. But I’m also reminded of our differences each time we are together. Like their inability to change their thinking in many situation, even the blindingly obvious.
Who else would ask Char 3 or 4 times if she wants alcohol, while she has said not because she is breast-feeding and actually doing so while being asked?… Read more
This is written Tuesday 15 August, because the impending storm due to all our commitments have blown and one of the things that got blown away was The Blog.
How odd it must be for Alex Selkirk after he got used to his condition and apparently felt peace. All he had to worry about was when the ship that would save him came, if ever.… Read more
We went out today, to the sea-side and enjoyed fantasizing about what it would be like being able to afford living in a house there. And just enjoyed being there, in general.
It was a long day out in the fresh air, esp. for little Jay, who slept like a log when we came home.… Read more