|Sara and the Granddarling play on the lawn.|
|The loading and unloading of this little car was happening|
often this week. We cleared out junk and bought pretty
new things to make...
|This space in my basement. Fabric on the walls covers the|
foil insulation, and carpets, a mirror, and screens make it seem
like a real room.
|Sara and I got our pre-wedding haircuts with this wonderful|
friend we've known for 22 years. She was Sara's friend
and staunch protector during her earliest years.
I got a good wakeup call last week as I sat in a clinic at NIH being screened as a study participant. My blood pressure was high enough to exclude me from the study, cause the doctor to use the words "stage 2 Hypertension" and alarm me when I looked at the numbers. I realized that I really needed to let some things go and choose to be calmer and less affected by things outside my control. I know. It sounds so logical, but it's not my best thing. I've actually had, and I say this candidly, with no drama or desire for pity, some fairly significant failures recently, and have paid the price for them in sadness and regret. I suppose a little scary-high blood pressure doesn't seem so entirely out of the question. The other side of failure is always learning, and, while that does sound hackneyed and like the name of a bad self-help ebook, it's entirely true. I've learned some great lessons recently, and I feel peace in the offing. So I'll focus on this moment. Today is good. The weather is nice, I'm giving a talk at church, my friends are awesome, my family is surrounding me, and all is well. I hope the same for you.
|My neighbor's peony. It was stunning. Mine|
are not quite blooming yet, but soon. I love