What's New - Aug 1

Dear Henry,

Pinch Punch!

What's new with you?

I didn't open a newspaper once this week.  I didn't tune into any online news either. It has been a wonderful week of nothing sensational or scary.

Instead, Fish and I got to go to a wedding and THAT made everything just perfect.

This year has been full of bad news and restrictions and it has been hard to find the bright side of things. There have been so few happy things reported.

Fortunately, I have had a few opportunities to see a few new beginnings since this whole pandemic/political/racial/protest/media frenzy got started, with the marriage of Jason and Slyvia being the most recent new beginning.

The wedding was a beautiful one, I cried (I'm a sap that cries at everything), Fish got to sit there and look embarrassed because I was crying.  I loved how generational they made the wedding, and because both have living grandparents, their grandfathers acted as the ringbearers and their grandmothers the flower girls.   The whole affair radiated with the love that the family (in total) has for one another.  I wish them the happiest future.

This week, I also finished a new post on pain management titled "Nobody Cares! Some Stories are Just Too Exhausting to Share", where I poke fun at the human tendency to talk more about our aches and pains than our joys.

Over at www.riteoffancy.com, I reviewed a couple of books:

The first was Dan Millman's semi-autobiographical novel The Way of the Peaceful Warrior, that he wrote after a motorcycle accident changed his future.  This book talks about the power of focus and about being present in your life, and most importantly, about persevering in the things you love, even if it's challenging.  It's a great book for anyone trying to "overcome" something.

The other book is a tough one.

Viktor Frankl's book Man's Search for Meaning really addresses the psychology of not allowing your circumstances and your suffering to dictate your behavior or allow either to affect your self-worth. However, Dr. Frankl received many of his insights as a prisoner in a concentration camp during the Nazi reign in Germany.   The book, therefore, is rather raw and harsh. Despite the stories and the "technicalese" used in the writing, though, it is full of good insights and definitely worth reading.  I recommend keeping tissues handy, however.

It is in this book though, that I found the quote "The meaning of your life is to help others find the meaning of theirs."  which, I think, is my favorite "quote of the week".

At www.everydaypatriot.com, I finished the following biographies:

Corporal Isaiah Mays was born in Virginia as an enslaved person.  He would enlist in the US Army in 1881 and would earn a Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions during the Wham Paymaster Robber of 1889.

Sergeant Young Dillon enlisted in the US Army after high school and would be assigned to the 3rd Armor Divison.  He would die in his service during Desert Storm/Desert Shield. 

One thing I have noticed about this year is that it has been difficult to plan ahead. I'm not even sure what's going on next week.

I guess I'll see where the road takes me.

xoxo a.d.


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