Home Sweet Home

My ever so slightly old, California home

Pilgrim on a Long, Long Journey

I feel so blessed to be in our home, now almost 26 years. As a kid it was largely my father’s personality that kept us moving quite frequently. It was disruptive.

I thank God that our family of four moved into this house and have been able to afford to stay here for over a quarter of a century. I have memories here that will make it difficult when and if we need to leave.

Play is so important in our lives and in our association we have a wonderful outdoor single tennis court. It is a short walk from our home. On that court my son learned to play tennis at 8 and played me for 5 years in increasingly competitive matches. At 13, I no longer belonged on the same court with him. Those five years were a wonderful segment of our lives together.

This is a house…

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The Body by Bill Bryson, a Book Review.

Having spent my entire work life in healthcare, I was doubly fascinated by several key passages in Bryson’s wonderful book about the “shells” we carry around all of our lives. I’ll start at the beginning and end with a quote from the last chapter:

 “That is unquestionably the most astounding thing about us—that we are just a collection of inert components, the same stuff you would find in a pile of dirt. I’ve said it before in another book, but I believe it’s worth repeating: the only thing special about the elements that make you is that they make you. That is the miracle of life.”

“DNA is extremely stable. It can last for tens of thousands of years. It is nowadays what enables scientists to work out the anthropology of the very distant past.”

“Altogether, the human brain is estimated to hold something on the order of two hundred exabytes of information, roughly equal to “the entire digital content of today’s world,” according to Nature Neuroscience.*1 If that is not the most extraordinary thing in the universe, then we certainly have some wonders yet to find.”

“The largest source of foodborne illness is not meat or eggs or mayonnaise, as commonly supposed, but green leafy vegetables. They account for one in five of all food illnesses.”

“According to a 2014 study in the Journal of Palliative Medicine, between 50 and 60 percent of terminally ill patients report having intense but highly comforting dreams about their impending passing.”

It was simply the most fascinating book I have ever read about what makes us tick. It solidifies for me who makes us tick. It’s all one large miracle in the hands of the Creator that ceaselessly fascinates my abundant curiosity. I think the above might well start you on this journey with Bill Bryson as your guide.