I keep waiting to collect my thoughts and make a profound blog post about a single deep subject. It appears that it's not going to happen any time soon so here are my scattered thoughts.
There are lots of little twists and turns to grief. When you lose someone you love, you grieve over the loss; but you grieve over other things, too. I miss my father, but I also miss my position as a member of the middle generation in our family. Now that both my parents are gone, I'm no longer the middle generation - I'm one of the old folks. It's a sobering fact.
We are almost back to normal after lightning eliminated several pieces of technology a little over a week ago. We had to replace our modem, router, and a printer that was barely a year old. We also had to get Cox to come and replace some bad wiring. Everything is back to working like it's supposed to, and we are back to our nerdy pursuits.
There's been quite a bit of traffic - coming and going - in my new Addis post office box. I received a beautiful square post card from Spain with a wax seal that arrived in perfect condition all the way from the Old World! I've been sending post cards made from photos that Jerry and I have taken. I received an e-mail from a homeschooling family in Pennsylvania, asking if I'd like to exchange post cards. They think sending and receiving post cards is a good way to learn about other places - and they are so right!
I've joined the Letter Writers Alliance, and I'm anxiously awaiting my membership packet. It's good to know that there are lots of people in the world who still like to write letters. Check out the Letter Writers Alliance website here: http://16sparrows.typepad.com/letterwritersalliance/
I've just got back to watching the news and listening to talk radio after several weeks of being away from these things. I tuned in just in time for the Anthony Weiner shinanigans. I wish male politicians would behave themselves. They are prompting some feminists to make the outrageous claim that women in high places don't misbehave.
I'm reading Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe for the first time. When I was very young I got the idea that this was a dull book, and so I didn't even consider reading it. But it's summer time, and I'm drawn to seagoing novels in the summer. Robinson Crusoe popped up on a reading website that gives a list of nautical novels. I'm happy to report that it's far from dull.