I have not been writing much lately.... I haven't been doing anything really, or even thinking very much because I haven't had the energy. Ordinarily my health is pretty good, but I do have a hyper-thyroid autoimmune thing called Grave's Disease. Most of the time I get along just fine on a thyroid depressive drug, but for the last couple of months I've been submerged in an autoimmune shit storm. The funny thing is how slow I have been to recognize it for what it is. I feel pretty dumb, in fact, although autoimmune symptoms are very weird and unpredictable. This time I have been plagued by chronic muscle weakness. My jaw gets tired of chewing on the third bite of food, sweeping the kitchen requires an hour of rest for recovery, and walking the dog is my daily cross. Having finally figured out what is going on, I returned to my strict no sugar, no grain, no legumes, no dairy diet (I do this periodically, but find that life without cookies is hard to sustain) and I think I am starting to see improvement, but like everything in my life these days, it is slow. Stress is the usual trigger for this kind of trouble for me so I have stopped looking at the news compulsively every hour and confine myself to one headline review once a day. I have been making progress on Becky's Spring, but not as much as you would expect for someone who spends so much time on the couch. The bursting of spring outside makes me feel very much imprisoned, but as I said, I think this strange malady is starting to lift away. Fingers crossed.