Maybe this time I'll keep up with my blog. Well, here's what you've missed.

"There is too much. Let me sum up."

Let's just say a lot has happened. I'm sure that's true for you too. After all, we're all living in a different world now, right?

I have two children and live with my incredible girlfriend and two delightful cats. That's Xena (Furrier Princess) in the picture.

In a few days it will be two years since my mom died, just before the pandemic. It took several trips to Florida but my dad and I managed to sell my childhood home and get him moved here, half a mile from me. It means everything to have him so close.

I took a strings class back in 2015 and about a year ago I acquired a cello. I've put a lot of time into it and I'm proud of the progress I've made.

And of course, I'm making art fairly regularly. I never know what kind of art I'll be in the mood to make--and it's not always good--but I'm doing it! I'm enjoying the process of making and learning and just playing.

If you're still around, I hope you're going easy on yourself. My facebook persona has gotten a lot less aggressive since I realized how much of a toll the stress was taking on me. Don't worry, I still let people know when they are wrong (politely and concisely when possible), but I don't let them drag me into arguments anymore.

I'm sure the stress contributed to my developing silent reflux (LPR) last spring, which caused me swallowing difficulty and vocal fatigue, eventually leading to vocal cord atrophy. It was incredibly scary. I've since gone on the Acid Watcher Diet and, with the help of medication and voice therapy, made a decent recovery. Now to tackle the next set of health problems...

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