"Seven weeks to look, see, learn, and share some skills in Conflict Resolution…
For over a year this journey has gradually been coming together. But the seeds were sown over 40 years ago when serving in Tanzania with the Peace Corps."  

June 30, 2007

Jacques and the big one that didn't get away

Our daughter Dominique and husband Denis and the girls Anne-Frederique 2 1/2, and Gabrielle 7 have been visiting this week. I'm leaving in six days and haven't got much done with packing or even filling out my leave papers at work. I do have permission to be gone for the seven weeks and still have a job when I get back.

the past few days have seen me doing a lot of mediations, invoicing our clients, putting off doing a quarterly report until next Monday, and writing a grant to teach improvisational comedy to kids in detention. I'm also scheduling mediations for September when I get back.

Packing? Haven't begun. I received a bag full of sports gear from the University of Dayton to distribute to kids wherever I find them. The prestige item may well be the soccer goalkeepers gloves. But I also have track uniforms, windbreakers, ball caps and some other things. A friend wants me to deliver a laptop to a relative in Rwanda, Eventually I'll be dragging two fifty pound bags and a carry on. Securtiy will be up again since the attempted bombings in London and the small one in Glasgow. In shallah.

Gabrielle will stay with us when Dominique, Denis and Anne Frederique leave tomorrow. Marie will take her to Montreal in three weeks. I'm glad she'll have company rather than being alone in the house. She'll stay about two weeks in Quebec.

Jacques' white blood cell count was down a week ago, but it is remarkably, back up to normal. He's feeling pretty good despite being fatigued from the chemo. The big bass in the picture was caught two days after his diagnosis. Fishing gives him a lot of joy.