WHY RUSKIN has been silent for quite some time, our last post being put up on November 3, Election Day in the U.S. There’s been good — rather, bad– reason for the hiatus. On November 7, I suffered a stroke, this followed by 6 days in hospital, and 3 weeks in a rehab facility. I am now repairing, if slowly, at home, a great blessing to be with my blessed wife, Jenn Morris, as my constant helpmate. The stroke was hemorrhagic but the bleeding was not nearly as severe as it might have been, one more blessing. Some damage on the left side, now lessening somewhat because of the body’s intrinsic and wonderful desire to heal itself. In time, the experts tell me, with perseverance, patience, and dedicated exercise, I might get back to where I was before all this happened. May it prove so!!
Life, my mother was fond of saying, has a way of throwing you curveballs just when you think you’ve seen it all! Indeed!! Happily, certainly from our point of view, the contentious election in the U.S. resolved itself to America’s, democracy’s, and the world’s benefit. I have no doubt that under our current circumstances and world stresses, Mr. Ruskin, who resolutely never voted in his life, (distrustful of the wisdom of popular rule as he was), would have applauded the outcome. We have less than a month before the official, world-altering transfer of power occurs.
I have been much heartened by the numerous messages of support and well-wishing I have received from many who are following Why Ruskin. My abiding thanks to you all.! By this time in life I see myself as a fairly tough old bird who can deal, however haltingly, with the new hurdles he encounters in his path. Rest assured that I am, daily, attempting to do so. Why Ruskin is on break, and will, in due course, be back, hopefully at full strength. I have about five posts bubbling about in my head, and, once I can again type properly, will share them, my goal in ongoing retirement being, as from its first day, to use the time remaining to me to do all I can to make the world safe for the genius and abiding goodness that inheres in John Ruskin.
In the meantime, do continue to be well out there in our Brave, if exceedingly Strange, new world! May your days be merry and bright in this festive season!
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UNexpectedly, Ruskin met his beloved,”Sacred Soster, his “Sorella,” in Florence in the waning months of 1884.