Thoughts on Life, Art, Photography, Technology, Teaching and Travel…..
It’s been a rough week for the most part. I had double hernia surgery (ouch) this past Wednesday and have been on the road to recovery ever since. I’ve not been able to do very much up until yesterday besides lay on the bed or sit up and read on my recliner. Hopefully in a month or so I’ll be back to 100% and will be able to get back into my running and working out. Seems like there has been a lot going on the past week in the news.
A hurricane (Gustav) is churning up the gulf and barreling towards New Orleans again – that just adds insult to injury to Louisiana. Hopefully it will not be as bad as Katrina and it looks like it had been downgraded to category 1 so maybe they will dodge a bullet. Time will tell. We all need to be praying for those folks on the gulf coast.
The presidential race is going full bore and I am not going to comment much on that because of my vow to disconnect myself from writing and working myself up over politics. I used to be a serious political junkie a few years ago and all it got me was high blood pressure and an endless stream of arguments with friends. I will say however, even though I was not pleased that McCain was the Republican nominee I like his gutsy pick of a woman VP and considering the alternative of a blatant Socialist who’s main agenda is to increase the size of an already bloated government, raise our taxes and weaken our military. I am going to go with McCain. It’s a no-brainer in my opinion. He’s so much more experienced that Obama and so much more prepared and capable to protect our national interests in this very dangerous world we live in.
That’s all I’m going to say on politics for this post. I may go into more depth on this subject in the weeks to come. I don’t want to add to my stress level as I continue to recuperate from surgery.
I spoke with my daughter Andei today and she is flying home in the next week or so. I have not seen her in almost 9 months and I can’t wait until she comes home to stay with me for a few months. She wants me to teach her to develop film and make prints so that will be something creative and fun we can do together. I’m really impressed with her photography and I’m starting to think she may want to pursue it seriously as a career along with her writing and other art endeavors.
I’m about over my job at the college and would absolutely love to retire and just freelance my teaching online in addition to painting, writing and traveling. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel and its getting brighter and brighter. Thinking of taking a 10 day trip to Ireland or Prague this Thanksgiving once Andei leaves for the Bahamas with her Mom, Step-Dad and Adam. Travel is one of the best forms of education and is such an eye opening experience for young people. I’m glad Andei has had the opportunity to travel like she has – it’s really broadened her and opened her eyes to other cultures and sensibilities. School kicks back in tomorrow and I must admit I’m not looking forward to dealing with all the administrative crap. If all I had to do is teach I wouldn’t be thinking so seriously about retirement. The bureaucratic demands is what wears me down and sucks the creative spirit from me. Ok…enough for now.
Send some prayers out to the folks on the gulf coast and do some serious soul searching on who you’re going to vote for. I am no longer into preaching the political gospel according to Keough – those days are over. Just do what you think is the right thing for this great country of ours as far as the presidential race is concerned.
Hopefully Andei will be here with me by the time I post the next entry on the KEO Blog. Andei made my day with her latest post to her Blog. 🙂