Sunday, June 26, 2011

Jubilee, uncorrelated ...

We had our regional Jubilee.  It was obviously not a product of correlation. Parts were good.  Parts were hideous.  Parts were funny (such as the "ohh, look at that cute lesbian couple" remark one person in the audience managed to say at a moment their voice would carry).  They had clips of lots and lots of the kids saying things.  No universal format.  No apparent style guide.  Kind of fresh, but the ones of girls talking about marriage made it clear that while a mission was nice, what really counted was a guy had to be tall.  Which led someone to remark that I sure got lucky since I had by far the best wife in the group.

Obviously, I remarked, she wasn't corrupted by going to dance festival ...

Though if they only knew, I got more than lucky.  My wife is better than I knew could be possible.  I remain grateful for the path that led me to her and for her marrying me.

Also ran across a blog post I really liked:

Simon Peter said unto him, Lord, whither goest thou? Jesus answered him, Whither I go, thou canst not follow me now; but thou shalt follow me afterwards.
Peter said unto him, Lord, why cannot I follow thee now? I will lay down my life for thy sake.
Jesus answered him, Wilt thou lay down thy life for my sake? Verily, verily, I say unto thee, The cock shall not crow, till thou hast denied me thrice.
Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
Absolute silence for a moment, then I asked, “Does that change your understanding

I'm grateful to God for many things. It is good to remember them.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Father's Day

This week I had the first good Father's Day I've had since 1992. I've started half a dozen posts on Father's Day, from one about my dad's music (based on NPR) to a grief recover one, to just my surprise at not only how pleasant the day was, but how much I appreciate my wife's live and kindness and my children.

I'm still not completely able to express any of that, but it was a good day. I miss my dad, I miss my girls, I miss having Heather at college (she came back early this year and had to go back for work) but I loved talking with her on the phone, waking up with my wife (to go running before it got hot), breakfast "in bed" (actually on the couch in the office, too sweaty from the run to eat in bed), taking cookies to High Priests' group (my wife felt they needed treats again) and just a wonderfully pleasant day, down to being able to fall asleep knowing Win would be there.

I was happy. I am happy now. I'll leave it at that.

I've also done another book review. The book ends on dealing with grief, which I left out of my review. Recommended, though to a narrow audience.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Tourrette's -- the camp Rachel missed this year.

Tourette Syndrome: Up Close from Cut to Create on Vimeo.

It was a great loss in more ways than one when she fell off that cliff.

She has the 3/4" she lost in height from the fall. It has finally come back. But she missed camp this year, that is something that won't come back.

Saturday, June 04, 2011


I've enjoyed a number of various conventions over the years.  I've spoken at a number of different groups and meetings.  What is fun is that so few of my interests have significant overlap.  The ADR professionals are really not very interested in RPGS.  The lawyers who have an interest in ethics are not necessary ones interested in the other legal areas I am asked to present in.

But I really like the people at NTRPG.  Sandy Petersen could not make it this year, but will be there next year and it is a time to meet up with a lot of very good people.  It is not crowded, the level of obnoxious outliers is incredibly small.

Next year will be even more fun, as we will have a sword cutting demonstration (since the new venue has details that support that).  Now, if I can talk my brother Daniel into coming down we can have some bamboo mat cutting, otherwise it will just be two liter bottles and just for education.

This year has been great.  Even signing autographs has been fun (usually I find it embarrassing).