It is New Years – 2017 – finally an update:
- I am still coming to terms with what went on during the election in early November. In many ways it feels as if my country went off the rails with the choice of the president, and I am trying to sort out what that means, what that might mean in the future and how it squares with my ideals of what this nation is or was about. Much of me believed that we were a nation that had accepted and integrated the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, but I no longer really quite believe that at this time. I still have a lot I want to read and think about in terms of all of this but mostly my orientation is towards what is it that I can do in my own sphere of influence to make the world better. It’s that for me on so many levels right now.
- Our visit to Seattle was good overall with nice visits with family. I find that I really miss living there and would love to someday move back. It feels like home, always has and probably always will.
- Our kids ended up missing 6 days of school this year due to weather. It will need to be made up sometime, most likely coming at the end of the year. A long school year is in store.
- I finished reading: Body of Water by Chris Dombrowski. My review is up on the main page of this site if you’re interested. It’s a very rich, deep, compelling book and one that I can’t seem to stop thinking about. I have started on Atul Guwande’s book Being Mortal, which is fantastic. I’ve wanted to read it for awhile now and am glad that I am. Our lives are short and long and go through phases that we need to respect, listen to and learn from. On my list is a book of essays by Mary Oliver and also The River Why by David James Duncan (that I read back in 1987). I’m looking foward to seeing how I understand it now. Finally I am going to restart up my TinyLetter email newsletter that I call “On Campus.” It’s an intermittent newsletter about my observations on working on a university campus. If you’re interested feel free to subscribe.
Update January 12, 2017