Bodium castle ruins, England 1995
I have developed an awful cold. I seldom get sick anymore, but several visits to the mall, the gym, and various doctor’s offices recently put me at risk of receiving someone’s infectious germs. I am fanatical about hand washing and using disinfectant wipes, and avoid contact with visibly sick individuals. Nevertheless, a bug caught me.
Supposedly, as we grow older our immune system grows weaker. I hope not. I spent far too much time when I was younger suffering with colds, bronchitis, pneumonia. Mom told me I nearly died when I was six months old, saved only by penicillin, which became available shortly before I was born.
We stayed home today for a variety of reasons, mostly me being sick. Kathy says ‘Don’t worry,” there will be plenty of opportunities to get involved. She’s hosting a gathering on Saint Valentine’s Day for the new Brothers. I really like one of them, a former chain-smoking NYC cop. He’s seen everything. Now he just wants to lead a contemplative life. Given the meditation woods behind the Abbey he should find some peace. However, the Abbey is sited in a part of DC known for its crime rate..Kathy says. Kathy thinks the presence of an ex-cop could prove beneficial. However, I don’t think crime fighting what Brother Isaiah had in mind when he joined the Abbey.
I spent most of the morning installing my new printer, which has one wire that carries electricity to the unit (no batteries), so its not devoid of wires. I found the internet connection, so eventually, I will make the prints travel through cyberspace, although t present they are flying somewhere else. Meanwhile I have ordered more computer “stuff” including a memory card, like those I never use in my camera. My oldest granddaughter is visiting this afternoon, so perhaps she can help me, although she’s the artist, not the tekke.
New Year’s Day the Washington Post featured it’s annual predictions…one of them the ‘What’s In and What’s Out” prognostications. What’s apparently out this year is WWII and what’s In is WWI given the 100th anniversary of it’s start in July 1914. To mark the auspicious occasion, I bought four books by historians on WWI, titles to be revealed after I read them. We read several books on WWI for the History of Britain and History of Twentieth Century European Cities grad history classes I took two years ago….a very sad and terrible event.
David’s Dad served with the US Expeditionary Forces during WWI and met David’s Russian Mom in Irkutsk Siberia.
Did you know US forces served along side Russian Forces under the Tzar at one time?