Happy spring to those in the Northern Hemisphere! As a belated celebration of the vernal equinox I’m sharing a couple of photos that I took here in Charlotte almost four weeks ago.

Cherry blossoms in the yard portend warmer weather and increasing hours of daylight.

These blooms are also a pleasant reminder of sakura season in Tokyo in 2019.

Cherry blossoms rekindle some of the almost spiritual experience of sakura season in Japan.

Personal Update

It has been two months since I took an unannounced blogging break. During that time I was focused on dealing with a diagnosis of advanced prostate cancer. That is not something I wanted to announce to the world. On the other hand, those who have followed the blog over the years deserve some explanation for my absence rather than just being ghosted, as it were.

Without getting into specifics, multiple tests and scans indicate that I may be very fortunate (compared to the initial outlook) and may have a very good chance of being around for years to come. While on my WP break, I spent a lot of time with urologists, oncologists, radiologists, surgeons and doctors who specialize in integrative medicine. I’ll be spending more time with them in the future. They have begun therapies with “curative intent”. I like that word “curative” a lot. “Intent” not so much.

The diagnosis was a big surprise because I never had any pain and feel great. Going forward, I’ll still be blogging but reducing the amount of time that I have devoted to it. I won’t get to all of the material I ‘d like to cover in the way I’d like to cover it, and I’ll miss keeping up with your blogs the way I want to.

Mariann Aalda performed a one-woman comedy show at the National Black Theatre Festival that nicely sums up my thoughts about advancing age. The show was called “Gettin’ Old is a Bitch… But I’m Gonna Wrestle That Bitch to the Ground!”