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It looks like I don’t get my full year. In fact if I get another month or two I can count myself very, very lucky.

The cancer and associated infections are bad enough, but I discover something about myself that I would have never expected: I am subject to extreme panic attacks.

The attacks don’t seem to have any origin, rhyme, or reason. They just force my entire bodily resources into sucking air in and out of my lungs. That being the case, it doesn’t leave much room for additional efforts.

My son, James, is easily capable of blog posts and short emails, and to take over the blog if he wanted it. But unfortunately there is no way I can patch this together well enough to make the sequel to “Temporary Duty” work.

So those of you who contributed with that in mind? You got cheated, and I’m sorry.

Thank you and God bless you, to each and every one who responded to the appeal. I’m sorry I couldn’t return your efforts in kind.

If there are more announcements to be made, please watch this space.

regards,

Ric

The structure atop the Temple Mount, built by Moslems on a flimsy excuse and used by them to exclude Jews from their most holy place, is the Dome of the Rock:

Dome of the Rock Mosque, atop Temple Mount in Jerusalem

Dome of the Rock, looking east from western aspect

The dome, with its gilding, is pretty enough, but otherwise it’s a singularly ugly structure, ill-proportioned, clumsy, and out of place against its background — which pretty well summarizes its reason for being.

The Blue Mosque is a structure in Istanbul, Turkey, widely considered a beautiful building, for good reason:

The Blue Mosque, in Istanbul

The Blue Mosque, in Istanbul, Turkey

The photographer chose the blue-sky background, which I think a mistake because it de-emphasizes the blue color of the tiles on the dome. Of course, nowhere is the trailer-trash equivalency of Moslems more apparent than here, where they’ve gone whole hog for blue lights to illuminate the minarets and base structure.

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