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One million, two-hundred-twenty-five thousand, four-hundred and forty minutes…how do you measure, measure a pandemic?

While life for most of us has returned to something looking like normal, it has been 852 days since I was told that we had to go home to telework for “15 days to slow the spread.”

It is true that most people in my office returned last week whilst I was moving the offspring to Atlanta. It is also true that over the months, I’ve been in the office on occasion.

Today, I saddled up one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse and headed downtown for a return to “normal.”

My new schedule is a hybrid. I’ll be in the office Monday through Wednesday, and I’ll telework Thursday and


Friday. That’s not a bad compromise.

A week in to what I have referred to often as our forty-seven years of house arrest, I wrote these words:

I would like to think that, on the other side of this, we’ll come out a better sort of people. Kinder and gentler if you will. It saddens me to think that I don’t have enough faith in humanity to believe that might be the case.    
[We Can Do This]

Pretty sure we all know that didn’t happen.

We’re more divided and more snarky, our economy is in the tank and we’re all struggling to keep up with the cost of gas and groceries.

It’s hard not to be cranky. I try to stay out of the mess on social media. I have my opinions. You’d have to be pretty clueless to read here and not pick up on them.

Then again, being clueless may be why people don’t share my opinions.

Oh snap. He went there.

Let’s move on.

In spite of all the crappy things that happened in the last two and a half years, including Last Summer’s Great Unpleasantness™, I had some good things happen.

I’ve had some good times and success building the Santa business. That continues.

I’ve had a couple of really good weeks at the beach.

I wrote, illustrated, and published my first children’s book. [Available on Amazon]

One son is happily moved back to Atlanta. Although we miss him, and his little dog too, he is pursuing his dream. That’s a good thing.

The other son finished his freshman year at Randolph-Macon College by making the Dean’s List. He’ll soon be moving on campus where he’ll be living in the Honors Dorm.

Are there lots of things that are still frustrating, things I’d like to change?

Of course. That just gives us something to work for.

Even if it means going back downtown.


1274 – Robert the Bruce, Scottish king (died 1329)
1767 – John Quincy Adams, American lawyer and politician, 6th President of the United States (died 1848)
1897 – Bull Connor, American police officer (died 1973)
1899 – E. B. White, American essayist and journalist (died 1985)
1920 – Yul Brynner, Russian actor and dancer (died 1985)
1924 – Brett Somers, Canadian-American actress and singer (died 2007)
1926 – Frederick Buechner, American minister, theologian, and author
1931 – Tab Hunter, American actor and singer (died 2018)
1956 – Sela Ward, American actress


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Peace be to the brothers, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace be with all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with love incorruptible.

Ephesians 6:23-24

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