Uncle Rob with Veeka
Now that life has settled down, I’ve been unpacking boxes, lots of them. Out pour memories of 14+ years of work. I’ve got souvenir booklets of Benedict XVI’s visit, a Christmas card from the Church of Scientology, piles of notes from my 2006 trip to India, a list of Hindu holidays, documents about radical Hindu persecution of Christians in Orissa, notes on ethics dating back to the Clinton era, directories for the local Catholic archdiocese and Episcopal diocese, several dictionaries and AP style books, a Kurdish flag, my coffee mug, piles of business cards, notes on Chinese dissidents, two copies of the Book of Mormon with my name inscribed on the cover, files on abortion, Planned Parenthood and a nasty procedure called “selective reduction” whereby a woman pregnant with several fetuses arranges to have some of them killed right there in her womb. That was one of the toughest stories I ever had to write. Also a back rest, a few biographies of Billy Graham and piles of other religious books, many of which I’ll be giving away.
It is pleasant to rest; to be reading “Stones Into Schools” (the book that comes after “Three Cups of Tea”) and to actually have to try out an exercise club and meet someone for breakfast, which is how I spent this morning.
One thing I’m mulling over is whether to re-start my weekly religion blog and publish it here. “Stairway to Heaven” really did have quite a few fans, as I’m learning now.