Under Cover of Reason

It’s too early.
Don’t push so hard.
The time isn’t quite right.

All of these statements are from reasonable people cautioning activists against pushing their agenda too hard.

The activist knows the wait for the right time is endless.

Breaking Broken Update: Flexibility

This is a personal note, there is probably limited value for the rest of you.

As alluded to in Growing Admiration I broke my leg in September.  Now that we’re over two months from the event my doctor is approving a wider range of activities. I can put weight on the leg when it is encased in the boot cast. If I wish to make short drives, that’s OK too. Most important at this point are weekly visits to a physical therapist.

In today’s visit, the therapist expressed surprise (“I’m surprised by …”) the amount of flexibility in my ankle. A sigh of relief. I’m healing well. I get to walk more.

Returning to Roasting

A friend asked, “what do you miss?” In the weeks when only one foot could take weight many activities were put on hold. Roasting coffee among them. Being on two feet makes the basement stairway walkable. That restored basement and garage access.

Yay! I’m roasting again.

The photo show labels from recent batches of green beans.

Stickers from the bags of recently roasted coffee, November 2017
Stickers from the bags of recently roasted coffee, November 2017


Step by Step

This is a stake in the groud. These clumsy sketches provide my baseline for measuring progress. They are an exercise from Andrew Loomis’ book Fun with a Pencil. Yes, I’m learning to draw. Again.

Frist drawings, from "Fun with a Pencil"
Starting somewhere. There will be lots of work ahead. It will be be made of a series of lots of small steps.


Promise to Quit

Ever procrastinate? Yeah, me too.

There is an absurdity in some procrastination in that I, and maybe you, actually enjoy the activity once it is started.  But getting started is a bitch.

Try this sometime: promise to quit doing whatever quickly.  Just ride the bike to the corner and back. Just write the first sentence, not the entire letter.  Just get the lawnmower out and trim the median strip.

It’s OK to break these promises and keep riding the bike all morning, complete a long  letter to mom, and mow the entire yard.  It’s OK to keep these promises.  Usually you won’t, because the hardest part is starting.



Daily Doing

Carlos Villa gave some introductory remarks to students in his Beginning Drawing class at the San Francisco Art Institure. They finished with these.

“I’ve been asked if this class will have a requirement that you draw everyday. No, you are not required to draw everyday.”

Collective sighs and murmers of relief emerged from the students.

“But you should want to,” he concluded with a smile.

Cocoon or Purgatory

  • September 15 – retire from employment
  • September 17 – break leg in several places
  • November 6 – doctor gives OK to put weight on broken leg
  • End of December – projected time to remove “the boot” a plastic walking cast

Retirement plans are largely on hold. Am I in a cocoon, undergoing a metamorphasis from working catapiller to retired butterfly? Am I in purgatory, my entry into retirement heaven delayed due to sins during the working life? Or is this just a form of house arrest?

The choice is mine and the attitude I deploy during the healing months.

Which choice would you make?

New Tradition

Pecan Pie

Pie for breakfast. It’s a great thing. Thanksgiving Day mornings are filled with frenzied activity. Getting the turkey in the oven and side dish preparation underway conflicts with getting breakfast for everyone. Then later in the day after plate(s) of turkey, stuffing, potatoes, cranberry sauce, rolls, and more who has room to really enjoy dessert?

Kill two birds with one stone: Pie for Breakfast!

It’s a new tradition at our house. Give it a try at yours.