Bet you wondered if I'd died.
Well, I didn't. Like many others, the holidays just kinda sucked up time. But, just because the fingers weren't typing doesn't mean the brain wasn't spinning.
Here are some of the things that have been on my mind lately - -
My 87 year old mother has been visiting with us for the past two weeks. She is remarkable, and still my supporter, intellectual foil, and molder of my values. I hope I am as sharp at 87 - yet I see the inevitable decline each time I see her.
C's parents are another story. Her father has been in the hospital twice, keeps falling, misses his independence, and grows more cantankerous. Her mom wrecked the family car, and gets feebler. There is a question of how much longer they can stay in their home of forty years.
Certainly, parents will have a major place in any planning C and I do for our future. (Maybe one of the reasons I did not get that Fulbright to Viet Nam, eh?
I keep wrestling with the concept of "church membership." What does that mean? What are the benefits? The obligations? Why be a member?
I have been having a ball with some new software - Sunday Plus!. As our traditional denominational church moves slowly towards being less traditional, our priest sees us doing more praise music, projecting lyrics, and using other multimedia. I told him I would buy and learn the software. We'll experiment for awhile on the Wednesday evening services - and if it works, we'll buy a large projector and make more extensive use of the terrific capabilities of the software.
My Monday evening men's group continues to be my support and strength. Many a time I don't want to go - I'd much rather veg with a good book and cigar, but always leave the meeting refreshed and strengthened.