Drinking Fast

My cup runneth over and I'm drinking as fast as I can.

The construction of the covers on The Plain Bible are coming along far better than I had expected. Many of the materials that I thought I would have to purchase are already in the stacks of mistakes that I'd made in ordering for other projects. Also, Laura has made contact with a team that will execute the printing and color corrections. And while all of this is going on I also have to stop and take stock of the rest the rest of my life.

By the time you read this, Laura will be in Paris with her handsome gentleman. She will have had Thanksgiving in Kentucky with his family and her mother, who will have come from Virginia. I’ll be thinking of the work that we have done sorting through several years of photos, which will have been reduced down to a manageable hundred or so, aiming for the forty that will end up within the eight volumes. As I perform my part of the sorting, I will think about how fortunate I am to have Laura as my collaborator. I take miserable pictures no matter the excellence of the equipment.

For my part, I will have had the holiday with as much of my family as will be able to travel to Middletown, NY. Morgan's mother, Roanne, will be hosting this year. Some of you may know her. It will be wonderful to see my nieces and nephews, one of whom will have already defended her dissertation to get her PhD. My nephew who works for the pharmaceutical company GSK will be present and in good health after a long bout of suffering with meningitis. I'm looking forward to getting a monster hug from my youngest brother, who along with the rest of my family takes excellent care of me.

I look back at my health over the years that I worked on this project. I've had my ups and downs, as some of you might know. But all I can say about that is that I'm still here. I consider my life against the world and grow in this community that supports me so. There is no other thing to say other than that I'm drinking it all in as fast as I can.

As published in the December 2013 issue of "St. Peter's Press," the monthly newsletter of St. Peter's Presbyterian Church in Spencertown, New York.