I just wanted to put up a quick update. The last month or so has been pretty hectic and normally the first thing to go out the window when I find myself strapped for time is my writing. It’s not the best practice for someone who has far-fetched dreams of being a professional write, but that’s what it is. I don’t think CPA would appreciate it if I told them I couldn’t feed my kids or take them to school because I was too busy writing a blog post.
At about mid-March, we started to receive news from the other side of the country that my wife’s grandfather was nearing his end. He’d been battling leukemia, skin cancer, and diabetes for a few years and time was short, so she planned a last-minute trip to go visit him knowing that it might be the last chance she would get. I stayed home with the kids for about a week, during which time I gained a whole new respect for single parents.
We had a few days to recover before we started preparations for another trip, this time with the whole family, to go visit my grandmother for Easter. The day before we left, I came into the office to find that my supervisor at work had quit without notice and I was being asked to fill in for him – permanently if I wanted to, which I didn’t – or at least cover the administrative tasks he normally performed until a replacement could be found. I had plans to spend my trip writing both fiction and blog posts but, as normally happens when southern food is being forced on you in large quantities, I spent most of the trip sleeping off various food comas.
Once I returned, I began a deep dive into a new book, determined to take diligent notes so I could discuss the material and/or write a review here, but with increased hours, shrinking lunches and the weekly men’s bible study coming to a close at church for the season, my time to dedicate to writing was taxed heavily. The good news is that I finished the book – even if it took longer than I wanted – and am in the process of transcribing my notes so I can start the planned posts and review.
Now, as I write this, I am sitting in yet another in-laws house on the opposite side of the country. A week ago we received the phone call we’d been expecting. My wife’s grandfather’s health had finally taken a severe turn for the worse and he was given 24 hours to live. Sure enough, he died the next day and we began making last minute travel plans for the third time in a month.
Going forward, I’m hoping to have more time to dedicate to writing than I’ve had in some weeks. The men’s study at church is over for the season and not scheduled to start again until September which means less weekly homework, I’m done with traveling (probably for the year), the kids will be done with school soon which means no homework for them, and I’ve finished the reading projects I’ve been working on.
The plan for the moment is to review two books that I’ve read over the last few weeks: The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus, by Michael Licona and Gary Habermas, and Forensic Faith, by J. Warner Wallace, then going to set up a series of posts looking at the historical evidence for the resurrection. In the meantime, likely interwoven between the others, I’m going to continue my series looking at the Irreconcilable Differences, or incompatible doctrines, between Mormonism and biblical Christianity. Having attended a catholic funeral yesterday, I’m also considering a few posts looking at the simultaneous importance and danger of religious rituals as well as the importance of legacy and what we want to leave behind when we move on from this world.
Thank you to all who are still peeking in on the site to see what is new. You’d be surprised how even a handful of hits per day can be a motivator to keep going when the keyboard is dusty and the fingers are rusty.
Til next time...
Writer, artist, lay theologian, student of comparative religion.