It was a nice decade while it lasted.

Once every two years, the Particle Data Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories publishes their Review of Particle Physics. This is both a web site and thick magazine, about the size of the New York telephone directory. The production issues associated with such a volume are so complex that, even though it’s only published biennially, publication is distributed among several physics journal publishers; in 2010 it was published by Journal of Physics; this year it was published by Physical Review D.

In other words, it’s a big deal.

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Biography postponed

I wanted to let some folks know: Right now, all my work on Isaac Bonewits’ biography has stopped. I’m dealing with health issues. That has to be my “project” for now.

If you’d like to volunteer any memories, materials, thoughts, ideas, or contacts, I’ll be glad to receive them. The best place to send them is the special e-mail address I set up: bonewits.research (at) But I can’t promise any follow-ups, even to code the materials, until I’m better.

I had tentative plans to attend Pantheacon 2013 and Wellspring 2013 to speak to many who knew Isaac. I truly want to be well enough by then to make those trips. Right now, I don’t know.

I ask for neither prayers nor healing energy. So many, far too many, of the people with whom I wish to speak have health issues of their own. Instead, I ask that you be healthy and well until that time comes when we can talk of Isaac — and stay healthy and well for many years after!

I’ve already posted this as a Facebook status, so some of you may be seeing this twice. Please forgive the topic stutter.

Too much too soon

Today I went to a party at the home of Emily and Tim. They were celebrating the second birthday of their daughter. It was not really a birthday party, as much as it was an excuse for folks to hang out and have a BBQ.

At first I told them that maybe I’d come. Then I changed it to no. Then I changed it to maybe just this morning. After all, I’d gone to a game night, so I should be able to handle this. Right?

Unfortunately, no. I won’t go into details, but an hour-long drive is not the same as a fifteen-minute one. I got there, but I was not feeling well. Gradually my state improved, but I wasn’t looking forward to the trip back.

Hermes and Hecate looked out for me again, this time without my asking. Vann and Joyce showed up at the party. Vann made the offer to drive me home in my car, with Joyce following in their car. I accepted.

I must learn to listen to my body more and not try to push myself quite so hard. It was good that I overcame my fears and tried. But when it comes to my health, I have to temper my enthusiasm with patience.

Smile and wave

This morning, I dreamed that I walked in the Merchants Parade at the New York Ren Faire. In the dream, I did everything I used to do: exhorting the patrons to smile and wave, giving out huzzahs to the merchants along the way.

This is the first time I’ve had this dream. I didn’t have it during the 14 years I actually walked in the parade, and it’s been three years since I was a merchant at the Faire. I wonder why I’m having this dream now?

It was definitely a Six of Wands moment.