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Author: Fred Wooden

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In the Meantime,

Happenings Mar 30, 2022 – from AZ Back in Arizona and appreciating spring.  Up north, as many of you remember from your years prior to AZ, spring is fleeting.  Or rather, winter hangs on as long as possible.  The day I got back to MI it was 60, but every day after that was below…
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In the Meantime,

Happenings Mar 23,  2022 – From MI As I write from Michigan, the reliable political theater of Supreme Court hearings is going on.  I am not watching because it is both predictable and infuriating.  Of course, there are a lot of things that are now predictably infuriating about our politics; but that is not my…
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In the Meantime,

Happenings Mar 15,  2022 – From MI “Beware the Ides of March!”  We all learned that in Junior High or Middle School, along with “Friends, Romans, Countrymen, lend me your ears.”  Shakespeare’s retelling of the Julius Caesar story is probably better known than the history itself. Stories are powerful.  And like the example I cited,…
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In the Meantime,

Happenings Mar 8,  2022 – from AZ News! News! As you may have heard, our Covid policies have changed.  Our Covid team (Alison Cantley, Kody Holmes, Lloyd Harrell and Doug Campos-Outcalt) met last Friday and made the following recommendations: 1. We need not limit the size of public events at VUU.2. At all public events,…
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In the Meantime,

Happenings Mar 1,  2022 – From MI Something that has not happened to me in Arizona that has often happened in Michigan is power outages.  Because of that I know that major outages take time not only to repair but to restart.  It has to be done in steps.   This came to mind as…
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In the Meantime,

Feb 23, 2022 – from MI Last week I wrote as Wendy got her chemotherapy.  That’s always trying, but in winter and a pandemic it is even more so.  This week I write as Russia invades Ukraine.  The repercussions will further complicate our lives with financial turbulence and uncertainty.  Sometimes it seems that something happens…
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In the Meantime,

Feb 15, 2022 – from MI Today I am sitting with Wendy as she gets her fourth infusion.  This is the last of this sequence, which took place every two weeks. In two weeks she begins another drug that will be infused weekly for 12 weeks. Then she will receive three weeks of radiation.  It…
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In the Meantime,

February 9, 2022 – From an airport. Once again I am writing from an airport.  Today I am going back to MI to support Wendy.  Things are going as well as could be expected, but that is still far from usual.  She has gotten her cancer tonsure these past two weeks.  For centuries those entering monastic…
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In the Meantime,

February 2, 2022 – From AZ February 2 is one of those days people think is special.  Why?  GroundHog Day for one, a Germanic custom that wandered into America.  Among Catholics it is the feast of Candlemas, which was layered on top of the Roman Lupercalia.   Many holidays are like that, stacking up on old…
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In the Meantime,

January 26, 2021 – From AZ It finally happened.  I got overwhelmed.  Throughout all the drama and turmoil of the last two years, my equanimity was pretty solid.  There were tough days, of course, but I never felt ‘underwater.’   That was then.  This is now.  Managing all the pieces became officially too much this…
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