The Canoe of Destiny

This week, we’ve been living in a smokey haze, feeling relief for ourselves and concern for our friends, loved ones, and their neighbors living in areas threatened by wildfires. Homes, even towns, have been consumed as crews battle  blazes devouring hundreds of thousands of acres.  As of this writing, there are currently 15 wildfires burning in Oregon and five in Washington. Not exactly summertime fun. In our little nook of the world, the heat has been somewhat tempered by the veil of smoke that hangs over us, but it’s still plenty warm. Clouds and the haze have made it less tempting to go swimming in the river to cool off, but Mike and Scout did decide to get out The Canoe of Destiny (so called because one wrong move in this baby and you’ll be destined to find yourself in the water). As I write, they’re on an adventure. I really should wait to … Continue reading…

Super Villain Bug and Appreciating Life

This week in 2014, I hosted whatever Super Villain Bug has been making the rounds.  Stress and other factors may have invited this strain of crud into my body but, like a clueless relative, it then proceeded to take up residence without permission or any kind of hospitality on my part.  In fact, I even actively engaged it in pharmaceutical combat. However, this probably did more to prolong the agony than if I’d just sucked up the misery for a few days, but that’s a good lesson, too. I will say that watching my body duke it out with Super Villain Bug for nearly six days has given me a renewed appreciation for my health. Having lost all but six hours of my entire work week to this nasty microscopic life form, I turned a corner on Thursday and decided to give it the boot. I’d just had some of … Continue reading…