Took my Tylenol extra strength, plastered my back and shoulder with Salonpas and heap wrap, and got my first good night of sleep last night. Very grateful.
I used a trick Aunt Marge showed me after her heart attack, where she was taught to hug a stuffed bear to her chest to help with pain. I found a small pillow I carried all over Europe on various overnight trips, and did the same. It helped. Day by day, I am getting better.
Got a surprise message from daughter Connie yesterday. Connie’s daughters gave her an Ancestry membership and DNA kit for Christmas, and she wanted to view the family tree I built. I worked with Ancestry to get her hooked up to my tree. Eventually, if her interest remains keen, I will turn the tree over to her. I am so gratified that she cares.
At present my tree contains about 2500 people and over 6,000 records. It will take Connie a while to review it. Meanwhile, I am spending time on mom’s tree which is folks from the Netherlands before they emigrated to Michigan in the nineteenth century. Fortunately, the Dutch kept excellent records.
Today or tomorrow, I should finish Pilgrimage: My search for the real Pope Francis, by Mark Shriver. (I’m setting my reading challenge at 50 books in 2017.)
Shriver’s book is biographical/history of Bergoglio before he became Francis, a history of Argentina through these tempestuous years, a history of the Catholic Church from its hard right turn in the nineteenth century to the papacy of John XXIII, who tried to shift the church into a more moderate place in the lives of Catholics, interspersed with autobiographical bits about Shriver, head of Save the Children, an NGO I support.
I have only realized in recent years that the harsh church where I spent my formative years was “invented” during the counter-reformation. According to Shriver, Francis is more focused on faith and love than right-wing orthodoxy.
In Argentina, Francis lived with society’s outcasts…the poor, the downtrodden and those yearning to breathe free. Francis is a leftist, but not a Marxist theologian of the Revolutionaries. Francis is a moderate or what we used to call Liberal. This book is a great read.