Forgive the vagueness and ambiguity, but I am going through a tough patch at the moment. July was full-stop awful, and August, while better, is well short of good.
I've never been a fan of publicly discussing personal difficulties, and will continue that here. I will simply say we have taken heavy body blows as a family in the past and gotten back up from them, and look to do so in this case, too.
It has sapped my urge to bloviate on major matters of public import.
Everything's going straight to hell anyway, so further emphasis from me on that obvious point can wait.
But at least my bleak sense of humor is intact, so that's nice.
In the meantime, prayers are welcome and I can recommend the Stoics, starting with good ol' Epictetus.
And my son is an apprentice wizard with woodworking, helping me convert a snowmobile trailer into something more suited to hauling the cargo associated with a larger family. He calls it the "S.S. Father & Son," which is as flattering a name as I can imagine. We have since added some coats of "International Harvester Red" to help it last.
Anyway, the bottom line remains the same, as Dan Abnett repeatedly writes: