August 22, 2019-
I got in a full-day’s work today, after five months’ hiatus. Of course, there hasn’t been a lot of idleness during that time, but I have missing being around children and youth, on a regular basis, nipping at my consciousness.
Today went very well. The few who wanted to mess around, didn’t meet with much success. I am long past the point where I let mischief get to me. On the other hand, I don’t let it spread. The rules of the day are set by the regular teacher, so the parameters are already in place.
Children and teens know this is how things work, and those with whom I interact are quite relieved that I am not here to be a slacker. Simply put, this brief period of my presence in their lives needs to be of support for their broader plans, hopes and dreams, and of deterrence to the obstacles, both self-induced and put in place by others, that would derail those broader plans.
My goal: To be of maximum support, to each young person who comes into a room where I am working.
August 12, 2019-
I rose and shined, this morning, to crickets from the Sub Service (it’s only the second week of school) and a notion that it was time to simplify further. After a laid back morning, I took more magazines and unsolicited 2020 calendars to the Veteran’s Hospital, got rid of some red t-shirts and parted with an old swivel office chair, two mismatched crutches-and my microwave oven.
It’s time for this supporter of Slow Food Prescott to put my money where my mouth is. Having heard every other naturopathic doc on the planet talk about the disruptive effects of this common feature of convenience and having used it less and less, I made the change. The toaster oven, slow cooker and regular oven will work nicely. I also have a solar oven, in the back, so there we are.
There may be other changes in the wind, but I can’t say for certain, as yet. I just know they are at the door, when I feel their presence. It’s supposed to be hotter than “double hockey stick”, from So Cal to Georgia, over the next two weeks. We may get some rain, towards the end of August. Until then: Sun up, sun down.