Thursday, May 12, 2016


  • Usual weekday AM routine. Devotions and Morning Prayer in the cathedral.
  • Placed an online order for another batch of four starched cotton collars from Wippel. I like it that their online store is up and running--this used to require a phone call--but it was still more time-consuming than I would have liked.
  • First get-to-know-you meeting with a potential diaconal ordinand and his priest. We've had a good batch of these lately. Good people who, if and when ordained, will serve with distinction.
  • Decided to "call in sick" for the rest of the day. I started feeling progressively worse beginning yesterday morning--labored breathing, interior chest soreness upon inhalation. A trip to the urgent care clinic came up with the plausible theory that I'm having a reaction to a course of uber-strong antibiotics that I began taking on Wednesday and must continue for eleven more days. This is to destroy a bacterial infection in my stomach that was detected during an endoscopy a couple of weeks ago. About half the people in the world have it, but it's usually symptom-free. So now I get to feel lousy for a couple of weeks in order to get rid of an infection what wasn't bothering me! (Though, it can lead to ulcers and stomach cancer, so to take care of it.)
  • Brenda and I bought to ribeye sandwiches outside HyVee and took them home to eat. 
  • Processed a few emails and contemplated a nap. However, I them remembered a 2pm dental hygiene appointment, so I began to bang out a post for the diocesan website that will be harvested for the June issue of the Current.
  • Got my teeth cleaned and got the usual polite lecture about flossing, etc.
  • Finished the material for the website and the CurrentYou can see it here.
  • Tried to take it somewhat easy, since I didn't really feel like moving a muscle.
  • In the evening, sitting out on the porch with my laptop, worked on my sermon for Proper 5 (the last visitations before my sabbatical--first weekend in June in Robinson, Albion, and Mt Carmel). Took my simple message statement to the stage of a developed outline.

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