Today is my 33rd birthday! Apparently, as an American, my life-expectancy is 78.8 years, so I'm not quite to the top of the hill just yet. But as the psalmist said (90:12), "Teach us to number our days..." for we truly have no idea how long we'll be in the land of the living. We must endeavor to make the most of all the time we're given. In the words attributed to John Wesley, "Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can." Though one must make room for self-care, for a burned-out individual is little benefit to his/her neighbor, so the lesson I've learned this year is this simple one:

Slowly enjoy slowly made delicacies: wine, beer, coffee, chocolate. Unfortunately, I still eat baked goods too quickly, especially cookies and brownies, but I'm working on that.

Thank you to all who have made this last year great. My friends, my family, and most especially my beautiful and brilliant wife. I look forward to living year 34 with you by the grace of God.