Saturday, January 10, 2009

Starting anew, again

Grace and greetings.

It is a new year, but just as things continue to change, they remain the same.

I had my annual physical a couple of days ago. I am getting to the point in life where the doctors like to start prodding and probing in places where they have not gone before, at least concerning me. Of course, we do live in Barrow, Alaska, and the medical world is not the same as in other places. What is considered normal procedures in most places are not always available here. Doctors come up from Anchorage to perform procedures, but for once, I am in the minority. Most of the procedures that are performed here are for the Native Inupiats, and all others need to go down to Anchorage. So modern medicine will have to wait for me. In the meantime, as far as the doctors can prod and test, I am alive and doing well, thank you.

The twilight is growing longer now, as we look forward to the returning of the Sun. Still, it is cold here, -25 but with wind chill at -45. Though as cold it is here on the Arctic coast, the inland parts of Alaska, Fairbanks and surrounding areas, get the extreme temperatures. They will have the colder air temperature, but we get to include the wind chill. Of course we have the colder parts about six weeks before and six weeks longer than the interior.

As things start out new again, they continue to remain the same. I officiated my first Witness to the Resurrection this afternoon, for another still born. My prayer is that we do not have to experience as much death and loss as last year.

Well, Kim received her Christmas a little late, all four seasons of the new "Doctor Who". So she has been going through the DVD's one by one...four seasons....times five or six disks...times three or four hours a disk...comes up with a little bit of time. Right now she is up to the middle of the Second season...we will see if she has the dedication to watch every hour for the next several weeks. But this is a woman who would read the entire "Lord of the Rings" every year for twenty years, so I think she is up to the challenge. Good thing Sam nor I wanted to watch anything else for a while. (Of course, as Kim sits and watches, I write with a wink and a smile).

Peace and blessings.


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