Posted By Ed on January 4, 2014
Blessings to all of our family and friends, near and far. We hope these greetings find you well and reasonably fulfilled, and that you are able to escape to your happy place for a few moments often during the New Year. We are still here, aging in place and celebrating the return of the sun.
Luke has moved to the basement apartment of a house in El Cerrito, CA (just north of Berkeley) to be closer to our grand-chickens who live in a coop out back. He is also closer to Rosemary with whom he is raising said grand-chickens. He will continue to commute to his work at Tripit in the Mission District of San Francisco.
Lucy now works officially for Thermo-Fisher Scientific – with benefits and everything! This supports her true vocation of partying with friends, yearly pilgrimages to DragonCon in Atlanta, and, of course, the Culture Wars which are important to the young and the restless. She spends much time with Deklan – who has a cat.
Conrad is a junior at Appalachian State studying Psychology – which is helping him tremendously in on-line war games (I just heard a bad-word-exclamation amid the gunfire from his computer; he is counseling the perpetrator). He lives in an apartment with four other guys, and there is an odor. Erica won’t visit there anymore.
Leslie remains the SAME as always with a couple of important exceptions: she has accepted both Chiropractic and Acupuncture into her Personal Belief System, and gives to these causes extravagantly. She also had a screened porch built on to the back of the house last fall where we drink wine and speak of death.
I continue to enjoy my work at the Givens Estates Retirement Community in Asheville: great colleagues, wonderful residents – a genuine community. Luke and I climbed Mt Kilimanjaro in September, summiting in spite of all my doubts. Motor biking and now mountain climbing: I’m an Adventurer.
Our Golden mix, Baracki Hussein (Rocky), is as crazy as ever – regularly attacking Heidi though he was fixed years ago. Heidi is our sweet, 12-year-old, blonde Golden who is blind, mostly deaf, and bumps into things. We lost Judas IscariRat this year: on to the golden sewers of Paradise. The neighborhood bear ripped off our bird feeder. Grrr!
My cynicism has taken a real beating this year. I love our new Pope Francis, and look forward to more of his leadership. World leaders turned out to honor the memory of Nelson Mandela. Congress passed a semi-bipartisan budget agreement (the adults reasserting themselves). More Christians (and even non-Christians) are beginning to focus more on what Jesus actually said and did, rather than what the Church has told them to believe. Non-dual thinking is being embraced by more than just the mystics. And Duke is going to a bowl game (what up!). Yes, our world is still in the throes of adolescence, but some interesting things are happening. Stay tuned, and stay awake.
Ed, for HouseHillman.com