“Love Never Fails”

This Good Friday, I feel pretty far from the usual church ideas and rituals around celebrating this day.

For us Christians, today is one of the most important days of the year, when we remember the execution of Jesus of Nazareth.

The darkest day gives way to the brightest, a couple days following.

It feels distant to me this year, the rituals of the day. All the same, I’ll remember his suffering and death; I’ll remember his courage, and resolve.

And I’ll remember his love.

Back To Early

If all went well, by the time this blog post is up, I’ll have been up and working for an hour or so.

First day back yesterday after two week hiatus with 2/3 kids and me down with COVID.

Glad to be back at it, and early is a good time get things done. So…

Get after it. And you know, regardless of what time you’re working,

When it’s time to work,

~ GET AFFER IT ~~

Easing Back, Back to Front, No Grind

After two weeks healing myself and my girls up from COVID, I’m logging back on to work life. Not on-site just yet; gotta solve this cough problem.

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Back to front? It basically means, my intent to start work again with a fresh, healthier, balanced approach, retaining my sense of self and priority.

My goal? Give the full measure, but not lose myself along the way.

My work is important to our group and the company, but I can only do my best each day, respond to the inevitable ups and downs,

And that’s it.

Goal to give my best, but not my soul, no slave to the grind.

Giddy up.

Got COVID?

After 24 months,

2 vaccines,

1 booster,

Maybe 100 masks (I’ve worn washable / reusable until several months ago),

I turned up positive for COVID – 19. Tested twice, just to be sure. Well, it was bound to happen.

I’m in good company though; Jungkook of K-Pop Boy Band BTS also announced he just tested positive.

Now I join the 79.9 million number of Americans and 482 million number of humans globally in recorded cases.

Thankfully, it’s a mild/moderate case; I’m not hospitalized. I am tho’ in the midst of 10-day isolation/quarantine.

Condition? Achy, congested, cough and tight chest, foggy brain.

Response? Hydrate, read, sleep, repeat.

Upside? It took two years. And now I’ve got four doses building my immunity to go forward.

Pull Down The Curtain. Again.

More than thirty years back the Soviet Union dissolved…or so we thought.

Fifteen republics broke up into separate countries. But much of the underlying control structures and mentality and motos operendai remained.

We see it functioning just under the surface even today.

For there to be true progress now, the underlying framework and attitudes must be addressed, it all must be dismantled, and the attitudes and approaches must be changed.

Vladimir Putin and his ilk have brought us to the brink of World War III.

We cannot let evil, authoritarian ways prevail. We must stand for freedom and democracy and peace.

We must stand up, and stand together. And pull the curtain down before it goes up. Pull it down for good. Let the Russian people, let the Ukrainian people show us the way.

As a political scientist and historian, I know this is a complicated path, and I know it’s not likely to play out in the manner we want.

As an optimist I can’t hope for any other outcome.

Nuptials

My brother-in-law is getting married today, a joyous celebration in store.

Delighted that he and his lady have decided to take the next step in their relationship.

They’re a solid couple already. Inspired that they want to take the next step in commitment, in marriage.

Does it matter?

I think it does. I think it can. It declares to the world your intent one to the other, it states your commitment to that singular person, to that relationship,

It also declares the value you put in the other person, and the permanece you seek with them.

Nuptial celebration, joy, bliss, don’t miss the opportunity, take the chance, jump in whole heartedly,

WHOLE HEARTED.

A thousand years of happiness to Jon and Sokcon, GOD BLESS !!!

Awash

I can’t really explain it very well. I feel like there’s a LOT going on…

That in some (many?) cases I have to let things fall away…

And sometimes in quite messy form, unfortunately,

And yet I think I’m keeping the main priorities squared away, plates in the air,

And then I wake up, mind spooling up quickly like a turbine,

And I’m awash with anxiety,

In the dark,

At 2 am.

Just saying, just sharing,

Because that’s my way.

And ever more I will go forward,

With the downs and the ups,

The Good and the not so good,

Awash unexpectedly,

But forward all the same.

Come, join me~~~

Pi Day, Redux

Whoops! I let Pi Day almost slip by without comment…ALMOST, that is…

3/14 or “3.14”, what some refer to as Pi Day. One of my neighbors was a Math & Physics major in college…

And a few years back she and her wife hosted a Pi Day Party at their house —it was a mix of friends and generously, they also invited my parents, who lived here in town too.

My dad was a Math and Economics major in college, and High School Math Teacher for decades, so he seemed to get a little extra joy from the theme of the gathering too.

My brother and his wife were there too. Our family, various friends of the hosts.

It was fun.

It was also one of the last “public events” I remember my folks attending before my dad had a stroke at the end of that year, and everything changed.

So a little nod to Pi Day just passed, nod to my dad once again – Math Guy, GREAT Dad – and a little encouragement to all y’all out there to find things and reasons to get together with the people you love and celebrate whatever…celebrate life!,

You never know when it is going to change. So make the most of right now.

Oh, and more on Pi Day? HERE ~~~

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pi_Day?wprov=sfti1