Thought I'd add to my earlier post that I don't mean to be glib about my recovery vs. others' suffering. I know I'm a lucky man and that others aren't so lucky and in no way did I or do I mean to diminish the difficulties of anyone's pain, of any kind. May anyone who is in any kind of deep pain at this moment find the peace of acceptance and love in their hearts to help them through it.
As for me, [seven weeks after brain surgery this first day of the new year] just wanted to share a photo I finally figured out how to take on my computer several days ago. Seeing the result made me wonder why they haven't made these computer photo-booth thingees work so that the image comes out correctly instead of mirror reversed. (That's the canvas back of one of those movie set elevated chairs from the only time I was given my own named chair on a TV show (that flopped—BERRENGERS) and yes, that's a little soul patch my youngest talked me into cultivating after the operation. I'm growing fond of it.)
[PS: My oldest son, Miles, sent me the flipped version of this photo, so it can be done if you know how (though I still think the computer with all its other bells and whistles should do it automatically), so here's that version. Now the thing I notice that doesn't match reality is how distorted the scale is—my hands look larger than they are and the movie chair back name thing looks much smaller etc. than real life here in my little alcove I call my office.]