you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful
lest you let other people spend it for you.
An entire year has passed since my last posting and it's been a busy one. In the fall I had an exhibit of my photographs at the Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite. I was lucky enough to have several good friends attend including Bill Schwab from Michigan and David "Ike" Eisenlord from Minnesota as well as Carol and Sarah.
|Ansel Adams Gallery Exhibit|
Yesterday was the two year anniversary of my brain surgery. Being in Scotland is significant because on the day of my surgery we had been scheduled to fly to Scotland and being here now completes that loop. Overall, I am doing well. It's clear that anxiety attacks and bouts with depression are with me for the long haul. Whether they are a sign of getting older or the result of having my brain slightly rearranged can't be known for certain. Luckily, I've learned how to manage them fairly well with the help of a good therapist, an occasional pharmaceutical and a loving life partner. I continue to feel lucky things have worked out as well as they have as I've lost a couple of friends over the last year and another is now struggling with brain cancer.
Unfortunately, I have arthritis in my right hip that has gotten significantly worse over the last year and has made getting around more difficult. It looks like a new hip is closer on the horizon than I had hoped. Arthritis runs in the Kouklis genes. My dad had both of his hips replaced in his lifetime and I always remember my grandfather's arthritis-induced shuffle and his hands gnarled by the disease. We're lucky to live in times that such major surgery is routine, but of course, I still dread it. In discussing the surgery with my GP, he recalled observing hip replacement surgeries in med school and thought they always seemed a bit like carpentry with all the sawing and hammering and power tools. Yes, he has a bit of a warped sense of humor and that's one of the things I like about him. For now, I've had a cortisone shot and take some meds to ease the pain. I also have a walking stick (I refuse to call it a cane because those are for old people) that I use when the pain is bad.
We're now mostly packed and ready to leave our beloved friends and bonny Scotland in the morning. I was hoping to make time to write some more, but I want to finish this post while we're still on this side of the pond. As ever, I am grateful to the friends and family that have stood by and lent a hand or a shoulder when needed. And please know that I am here to return the favor whenever it may be needed.
Love and peace to you all.
A few pictures from this trip:
|Workshop at The Clocktower in England's Lake District|
|Hooligans (With Carl Radford and Tim Soar)|
|My new Celtic Ink|
|Sister Harry Potter Tats|
|In Edinburgh with Carl and good friend Clay Harmon from N. Carolina|
|Bothwell Castle, Scotland|
|Swiss Alps at Sunset|
|Clouds over the Alps|
|Glacial melt near Grindelwald, Switzerland|
|Gayle and Sarah are happy about lunch at Wagamama in Glasgow!|
|Need I say more?|