.Joe: Good afternoon Calliope.
Calliope: Good afternoon Joe. Back from your travels?
Joe: Yes. I had another great month in Florida. A bit cooler than last year, but a pleasant change from the Northeast.
Calliope: Now what?
Joe: I was waiting to thaw out. But I guess that will take a while. I wrote a newsletter last week about stress and had much more to say than I could in the allotted space.
Calliope: So what do you plan to do about it?
Joe: I gave it some thought and decided to write a book about stress. I wrote down a list of related ideas and then sat down to write. At least I have a start.
Calliope: Great. Glad to see you are back to work.
Joe: Thanks. I feel I have reestablished a purpose in life after lying fallow (happily) for some time.
Calliope: I hope you enjoy the process.
Joe: I do and I will keep you posted on my progress.
February 27, 2014
.Joe: Good afternoon Calliope.
December 4, 2013
Joe: Good evening Calliope.
Calliope: Glad to hear from you. I thought you might have succumbed to diabetes.
Joe: Fortunately not the case. But I have deeply immersed myself in research about all things diabetic and have engaged in a campaign to lower my blood sugar.
Calliope: With what results?
Joe: My initial A1c was 7.1. As of now it is 5.9 and hopefully on the way down from there. I am trying to keep all the diabetic balls in the air although it has been a challenge.
Calliope: Are you ready to get back to writing.
Joe: I believe so and will be in touch with you about my current direction shortly.
September 30, 2013
JOE: Good morning, Calliope.
CALLIOPE: Good morning, Joe. I assume you have been busy working on your books.
JOE: Would that it were so. My train has been sidetracked for health repairs for a while now and I am starting to get restless.
CALLIOPE: Even your columns?
JOE: No. I have managed to get them to the newspaper and to my online readers.
CALLIOPE: So what’s going on in the health department.
JOE: I am finally accepting that I have diabetes. I got my glucose meter after much ado with Medicare red tape, took a series of diabetes education classes, met with a nutritionist and have read everything I could find about diabetes.
CALLIOPE: You have been busy. Is that it.
JOE: Not quite. I have also been trying get to the truth of a pancreatic cyst which was accidentally discovered in April while I was having my appendix removed.
CALLIOPE: Where does that stand?
JOE: Mostly on the outside of my pancreas. The question is whether it is of any concern. The shape of it on a CT scan does not look like it is cancerous. Blood markers do not indicate it is cancerous. Last Thursday, I had an ultrasound and needle biopsy for which the lab results are pending. Once they are back I should know what I am dealing with.
CALLIOPE: Sounds scary.
JOE: It is. But the results so far seem promising. I think I have the diabetes at bay for the time being and after getting the results of the biopsy later this week, I should have my life back. Then we shall see.
August 19, 2013
JOE: Good afternoon,Calliope.
CALLIOPE: Good afternoon, Joe. Haven’t seen you lately. Busy working on your latest book.
JOE: It’s on the back back burner at the moment.
CALLIOPE: I thought you had a full head of steam.
JOE: I did but it is time to start paying more attention to my health.
CALLIOPE: How so?
JOE: When I had my appendix out in March they found what looks like a small cyst on my pancreas. I had another CT scan recently and it grew a little. Now I have been referred to a surgical oncologist to evaluate it further and make sure it is nothing of concern.
CALLIOPE: Sorry to hear it.
JOE: At the same time my glucose levels are high and I am in the diabetic range. No one seems to know whether the pancreatic cyst is related. The best I could find out is maybe.
CALLIOPE: So now what?
JOE: While I am waiting to find out about the cyst I am knee deep in books about diabetes, working on my diet and learning all I can about this condition. I will keep you posted.
July 16, 2013
JOE: Good afternoon, Calliope.
CALLIOPE: Good afternoon, Joe. It’s summer. Don’t tell me you are hibernating!
JOE: No. I’m busier than ever. The last two weeks have been crammed with activities including illnesses, deaths, marriages, hosting guests, a reading marathon and social activity of various sorts.
CALLIOPE: In other words writing took a back seat.
JOE: Unfortunately so. Now there is a lull in the action and I am back to work.
CALLIOPE: With what results?
JOE: I finished working on the outline for my book on marriage. I also wrote most of the Foreword. The outline is tentative but at least I now have a road map. I realize that a Foreword should probably be written last once I know what I am introducing.
CALLIOPE: So why did you write it first?
JOE: I needed to start some place. It gave me a place to start and a direction in which to head.
CALLIOPE: So you are off and running?
JOE: I am and I feel excited about finally having some text before me. I realize it will be quite a trek but at least I have the first few steps behind me and am looking forward to the journey.
June 25, 2013
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JOE: Good evening, Calliope.
CALLIOPE: Good evening, Joe. To what do we honor the above title?
JOE: I started on my outline for the marriage book. In the meantime, I have been doing a fair amount of reading.
CALLIOPE: Such as?
JOE: Haiker Gortenlaker’s b0ok, Eva Braun about her life and times with Hitler and Abigail Tarttelin’s novel, Golden Boy about an intersex boy and his struggles to find self acceptance.
CALLIOPE: And the title?
JOE: I got to thinking that everyone has a context in which they live, for better or worse. Hence the title.
CALLIOPE: Will I get to see it.
JOE: It comes out in my newsletter this Saturday. I will let you know when it is available.
CALLIOPE: I’m glad you are keeping busy and learning something.