Sunday, October 17, 2010
Letter to My Blog
I know you probably think I’ve abandoned you, but, of course, that’s not the case. And, I know, too, that it’s no excuse that life is, once again, getting in the way of my keeping in touch with you, but truly, that’s the story.
The semester’s back in full swing and I’ve been busy reading an over-the-top amount of material for class each week and, for the last few days, researching and writing the first paper, which is due in about 10 days. (Thankfully, I picked an extremely timely topic related to the gubernatorial election and there's plenty of useful, easily accessible material available right from my laptop. Citing the sources, however, is still as time consuming as ever.) Factor in that a colleague’s been on vacation for the last two weeks, and that I’m trying to sort through a bunch of medical “stuff” related to recently having tested positive for the BRCA2 genetic mutation (increasing my lifetime risk of breast and ovarian cancer) and you’ll understand—I hope—why I’ve been somewhat out of touch.
Although it’s fairly mundane, I can tell you that yesterday morning I used the MTA’s new Select Bus Service on the M15 for the first time. Much to my amazement, I went from 34th and First all the way up to 79th and First in a matter of 15 minutes. On Third Avenue, that same trip can take double or even triple the time, even on a Saturday morning, so I was pleasantly surprised to be able to duck into Starbucks for a tall iced green tea before the Shabbat minyan at Shaaray Tefila. The sense of community during the service seemed especially evident yesterday, and the discussion of Lech L’cha that followed the service could have gone on for hours. This parasha—Ma’s favorite—is so jam packed with material relevant to our own time, it could take weeks to unpack it fully. Next week, though, we'll move on to Vayeira.
In any event, except for class on Tuesday night and the twice-yearly memorial service at Haven Hospice on Thursday night, this week promises to be a bit calmer than the last few. Hopefully, I’ll be able to be in touch again soon so we can catch up. In the meantime, please know that I think of you often and miss you lots. Take care of yourself and I'll see you soon!