Thanks for taking a moment to read this month’s update. The photo above is from my morning walk on 26 June 2022.
I’ve been going on daily walks each morning, and it’s been a really helpful practice to start each day off in nature with a clear head.
Earlier this year, pressured by an excessive workload, I had been starting my days early with desk work. Tech work is mostly sedentary whether sitting at my desk or someone else’s desk. So, the walks are a way to ensure some exercise and activity during the day.
The walks are also an opportunity to take some photos.
Adjusting Service Focus
I continue to provide tech support to people in the Iowa City area, and some from other locations who either moved or have been referred.
As the need for tech services has increased, and the time involved in resolving issues has increased, I’ve had to make adjustments to help as many people as possible.
I’ve been gradually reducing tech support for business customers and shifting my focus to mostly seniors and people serving in public interest work.
It seems like every day there is a major breaking news story. Usually these mark a continuation of an existing crisis or threat like climate change, natural disasters, or the war in Ukraine. Sometimes there is a new development that requires an adjustment in thinking or awareness.
On 24 June 2022, the Supreme Court issued a ruling on the Dobbs case which overturned about 50 years of legal precedents. I’ve written a brief commentary about the ruling. [View]
I spent the past year developing a fiction short story about what might happen if the United States became the Divided States. I decided to stop developing the story because it was too dark and implausible. The ruling one week ago by the Supreme Court has started in motion the unfolding of events that I was concerned about. This is explained in my commentary. [View]
It can sometimes be difficult to stay focused on day to day work when such significant developments and changes are happening around us. A person wants to stay informed and responsibly involved in civic obligations. So, I’m trying to keep a balance between staying focused on my work, but socially informed and involved.
Understanding and Kindness
Among the people I know — family, friends, and those I offer tech help to — there are many social and political views.
Because of my role in serving the community, I feel it is particularly important that I be understanding and kind to everyone regardless of their views.
For this reason, I try to be reserved and thoughtful in presenting any observations and views about social issues.
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Many thanks to all of you who keep in touch and provide support for the work I do.
Origins. For those of you who are new to these monthly personal updates, they began about 22 years ago out of a desire to share from my personal life about topics of lifeways (faith/philosophy), health, career, finances, relationships, effective living, and public interest efforts. This is based on the Life Map presented on the Resources For Life website. [View]