2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 8,800 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 15 years to get that many views.

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Early in the morning, 31 years ago, Jacob wanted to be born.

It took much of the day.

He was born September 10, 1981.

One time when he was a teenager, I got a call that he was being transported to Duluth, MN, by ambulance with a “head injury” from a ski hill community a fair distance away.  I went to the hospital to wait for his arrival.  I was very afraid.  I did not know the nature of his injury.  While I waited I preregistered him with the birthdate of 9/11/1981.  Turned out, he greeted me with a smile and a joke as he was transported from the ambulance to the ER.  His injury was minor.

Thanks be!

All the years since then Jacob and I have bantered about which day is actually his birthday, the one I told the hospital that day when I was afraid, or the one he was actually born when I was very joyful.

November 1, 2011, a wee bit less than ten months ago, Paul Lawrence died.

We are staying, here in Kells, County Kerry, Ireland, in a home that was imagined by Paul Lawrence and then built by Paul and Martha and their children and some others.  Lawrence home - Kells It was built in the 70’s, at a time when the Irish construction industry was building ranch homes.  Paul did not want a ranch.  He wanted a house that was consistent with traditional Ireland construction and, at the same time was contemporary in design.  With the help of an imaginative architect he achieved both.  It worked then  . . . and it still does today.

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To be “sated.”

I always thought “to be sated” meant

to be full to the excess . . .

like that

very much too much

feeling of food and tiredness associated (for me) with Thanksgiving.

When I checked it just now,

I discovered, it can also mean “to satisfy fully.”

I like that.

That’s how we are today,

satisfied fully.

We had a luminous and filling time with our guide, Grace O’Keefe,

Grace O'Keefe - Dublin Guide par excellancefor a walking history tour of Center City Dublin area.

It was just the three of us.


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