Hello, my 44 followers. I could call this a fireside chat, but that would be too ironic as my sweet little rental house is frigid right this moment, the furnace having run its course. Not to worry, though–i am cozy in the writing corner of my bedroom with a space heater and a hot cuppa while some fellas install a new system. Maybe you want to get a hot cuppa, too, and we can sip together while i
blather on with share several items on my mind today.
You may have read my December 18 message that included the following: In my circle, a young boy suffers excruciating chronic pain, beloveds have received scary diagnoses, a sad and tragic death has occurred, a victim of bullying struggles, a dear person doesn’t know where she will lay her head next month. Updates: The young boy had surgery yesterday with high hopes for relief as he recuperates. The diagnoses of my beloveds are, in one case, a worse prognosis than expected and in the other more positive. The initial devastation of the tragic death gives way day-by-day to cherished memories and living with the painful loss. A strong network of caring people are committed to supporting the kid facing bullying. The dear person has found a safe and comfortable place as she perseveres in making major life changes. My theme in these–and all difficult life challenges– is light in the darkness, the light of Christ.
Martin Luther King festivities: Last Sunday afternoon i attended a joyful service at Ascension Lutheran Church filled with meaning and goodwill in Columbia SC. The next morning my daughter and i joined a march to the state capital to honor this great man, this saint, who faithfully and significantly shaped society–as well as my life. Eight of the Democrat presidential hopefuls were on hand.
Aware that an impeachment trial is in process, i’m choosing to stay pretty well removed so as to serve other priorities and maintain mental and emotional health. At other times in my life, i followed every detail of such events as a political junkie and responsible citizen. Watching the proceedings and listening to commentary is a worthy endeavor, witnessing history in the making indeed. Just not for me right now. Same with Democrat debates, etc. Healthier for me to attend to other matters. Of course, i will inform myself and vote. I can’t imagine ever abdicating the hard fought right to vote.
I also spoke in that December 18 message of my technological difficulties which have only worsened. If i had logged the numbers of hours lost to tech issues since i began my writing enterprises with Sunday by Sunday in 2001–yikes! I’m not going to bore you with details, i’ll just say i am discouraged but resilient. The resilience comes from having a friend who has the software knowledge i lack and the kindness to share it. He’s my light in the darkness on this one.
My thoughts for the day are over. How about yours? Any of you join me with coffee, tea or cocoa for these chatterings? Please make it a real chat with a Comment. I’m so curious how many of you even read this. I can find that out from my email subscriber program but not from my blog program.
I’m going to post now, after adding a graphic; that task might take 20 minutes when it should take two!
UPDATE I successfully downloaded a graphic of a lovely yellow teacup on a saucer with a light green squiggle design and steam rising up. It’s from a site where i’ve actually PAID MONEY for 50 images and, while i can see the image, i’ve spent FIFTEEN MINUTES! trying to “Set featured image” in my blog program UNsuccessfully and i have to go now so… no graphic today. So sorry. So frustrated with my limitations…