December 21, 2015

4th Sunday in Advent, 2015

Posted in Personal tagged , , , , at 2:14 am by gruundehn

I celebrate my “second birthday” today. I was baptized on the 4th Sunday in Advent, 1954 which was also December 19 if I remember right.

I watched the Bengals beat the 49’ers today which was nice. Cincinnati made it to the Super Bowl twice and lost both times to San Francisco. It wasn’t the Super Bowl but it was nice to see this win today.

I will be staying up until midnight today and until about 2AM until Christmas Eve so I don’t get too tired for the church services on Christmas Eve. When I was younger, much younger, I would attend the Midnight service and then the service on Christmas Day as well. Now I sleep in unless Christmas Day in on Sunday when I sleep in on Monday. For those who are not of a liturgical tradition, the Christmas Season lasts twelve days starting with December 25th. Remember the old Christmas Carol “On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me…” and you will understand why the carol has twelve verses. Christmas lasts until Epiphany which is always on January 6th.

The City of Tucson is losing the fight over the election law presently in place. The 9th Circuit ruled against the law but because this ruling came from just a portion of the whole circuit court the City has appealed to the entire 9th Circuit Court. I cannot see how they will win. However, the City Council has appointed a 15-person committee to propose some amendments to the City Charter in three areas, one of which is the method of electing members to the City Council. As it stands now, each candidate is selected in a Ward primary and elected by all of the Wards together. I can understand electing the Mayor who is supposed to represent the entire city but the councilmembers are supposed to represent each their specific ward. So, anyway, the committee is composed of fifteen people, one selected by the City Manager and the other fourteen selected by the council and mayor – who are all Democrats. Any guesses as to which political party the vast majority of the committee members, if not the entire committee, belong to? I have only met the chair of the committee but I intend to be at their next meeting and complain. There are four political parties recognized by Pima County, and thus the City of Tucson, and all four should have a say in crafting what law is placed on the ballot. Last Friday I met with a member of the Green Party and we discussed the issue, two other members of the Green Party were invited but did not show up. Even if all three had shown up, I outnumbered them all by myself.

If you wish to do so, please pray for: Michael the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Kirk the Bishop for Arizona, Steve and the other clergy of Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal church; for those in the military especially those in combat zones especially Ronald Berryhill, Christopher Gallo, Michael Hannan, Andrew Harris, Donna Heath, Frederick Jenning, Jordan S. Marks, Eric Osche, Mark Pundt, Terrence Robinson, Laramie Struble, Brian; for those in need especially Michael Allen, Catherine Brown, Anagrethe Christensen, Walter Collins, Jay Elliston, Peter Foley & Pia Cuneo, Phyllis Garver, Ann Grisel, Oma “Sam” Guard, Brenda & Gus Gustafson, Brother Chuck Hannan, Sara Heitshu, Joyce Henderson, Lois Mervyn, Anagrace & Dan Misenhimer, Vinca Pessaraki, Danielle Phillips, Jane Pundt, Doree Ramey, Sam Reynolds, Robert Rosenberg, Susan Southwick, Sister Carol Willans, Amaleah, Ed, Lee, Melea, William Brown, Sandy Fox, Mildred Gregory, Francesca Jarvis, Tony Jones, Jane Knebel, Reverend Susan & Ray Lawton, Maribel Ortiz, Laurence Pasquini, Peggy Southwick, Alex, Amy, Bill, Catherine, Debbie, Jeanette & Connie, Jerry & Rondy, Jim, Joel, Karen, Karl, Marilyn, Michelle, Monica & Danitza, Nate, Nick & Emily, Patti, Penny, Sharon, Shauna, Sophia, Tina, Yong Ae, Yvonne; for animal companions in need; for those who have died especially Layne Deacon; for animal companions who have died especially Biscuit. I also ask that you pray for the millions of people who have been killed, driven from their homes or otherwise persecuted by Muslims throughout the world.

December 14, 2015

3rd Sunday in Advent, 2015

Posted in Personal tagged , , , , , , at 2:03 am by gruundehn

It is cold here in Tucson. Not as cold as a lot of the world, or America for that matter, but it is cold for here. It has been snowing in the mountains around Tucson and raining here in the valley. Not a lot of rain as far as some people would consider it, just under half an inch, but in the desert that is a lot. The average annual rainfall here is about 12 inches, or about 30.5 cm for everyone else, and we are right at that amount. Considering that Tucson has been a drought for years, maybe the drought has broken and our rainfall will get back to normal.

The VA hospital here in Pima County is pretty good. I haven’t had many problems and those have mostly been scheduling appointments. ForĀ a while the computer at the hospital would schedule my appointments for when my doctor was not available but that got fixed years ago. Then there was the time that the computer decided that one of my medications was recalled, no one else just my prescription alone, and refused to fill a renewal. I had to get the prescription cancelled and a new one issued. Now for some reason, over the last week and a half, every time I tried to get a follow-up appointment I was shunted to the voice mail of someone who may not even have been there, like maybe being on vacation or something, and so I never got a response. I called this last time and finally got a real person and got my appointment. I am having trouble with one finger on my left hand and with my left ankle. I don’t mind getting old, I mind getting decrepit.

As part of my being on the Pima County Election Integrity Commission I visited the County Treasurer, along with two other members of the Commission, and examined the area that is going to be used to store used and processed ballots. I am happy with what I saw. I also visited the County Registrar’s office and had a question about the security of the early ballots while in the possession of the Registrar’s office. I’m not completely happy with those security measures but I cannot think of what is causing my disquiet. But honest elections are vital to the survival of democracy and every effort should be made to ensure honest elections.

I have an estimated 4,000 books. I also have probably around 150 DVDs and Blu-Ray discs. I had a spreadsheet that cataloged the videos and was getting ready to start cataloging my books when the spreadsheet for the videos got scrambled and I had to start anew. I think I will start on the books and eliminate those I never read anymore and those I lost interest in. Maybe I can get my library down to 1,000 books that interest me. Once I have those cataloged and pared down I will do the videos and use the freed up bookcase shelves to store them. If I keep at my writing the cataloging could be done in five years or so.

I am getting the proofreading done on Dreadnaught and am trying to set the details of Generation upon Generations in my mind for when I will restart work on that book. I still need to get a basic plot idea for the two other books in the series that I intend but that can wait until I am closer to done with what I am doing now. And then I want to get back to Magic in the Monastery and finish it off. I have decided to not continue working on the magic detective series, inspired by the Lord Darcy stories, as I have too much trouble with detective stories.

I heard a nice bit of news while watching the Bengals lose to the Steelers today. Leah Stihl is cancer free. This is the daughter of a former defensive tackle for the Bengals who was drafted two years ago and cut. However, he had been distracted by his daughter’s cancer and that was a main reason for his poor performance. The Bengals put him on the practice squad so that his daughter was covered by health insurance and he was called up to the regular team and played some games last year. He was cut again. I do not know what he is doing but he and his daughter helped raise millions of dollars for pediatric cancer research through the sales of replicas of his jersey through the Bengals store. I hope he has work and is doing well and I hope that his daughter stays cancer free. Thanks for your prayers for her.

If you wish to do so, please pray for Michael the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Kirk the Bishop for Arizona, Steve and the other clergy of Grace-St. Paul’s Episcopal Church; for those in the military especially those in combat zones especially Ronald Berryhill, Christopher Gallo, Michael Hannan, Andrew Harris, Donna Heath, Frederick Jenning, Jordan S. Marks, Eric Osche, Mark Pundt, Terrence Robinson, Laramie Struble, Brian; for those in need especially Michael Allen, Catherine Brown, Anagrethe Christensen, Alysha Collins, Walter Collins, Jay Elliston, Carol Flinn, Peter Foley & Pia Cuneo, Phyllis Garver, Ann Grisel, Oma “Sam” Guard, Brenda & Gus Gustafson, Brother Chuck Hannan, Sara Heitshu, Joyce Henderson, Lois Mervyn, Anagrace & Dan Misenhimer, Danielle Phillips, Jane Pundt, Doree Ramey, Sam Reynolds, Robert Rosenberg, Susan Southwick, Sister Carol Wilans, Ed, Lee, Melea, William Brown, Sandy Fox, Mildred Gregory, Francesca Jarvis, Tony Jones, Jane Knebel, Reverend Susan & Ray Lawton, Maribel Ortiz, Laurence Pasquini, Peggy Southwick, Amy, Bill, Debbie, Jeanette & Connie, Jerry & Rondy, Jim, Joel, Karl, Marilyn, Michelle, Monica & Danitza, Nate, Nick & Emily, Penny, Sharon, Shauna, Tina, Yong Ae, Yvonne; for animal companions in need; for those who have died especially Layne Deacon; for animal companions who have died especially Biscuit. I also ask that you pray for the millions of people killed, driven from their homelands or otherwise persecuted by Muslims throughout the world.