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!



genius and conzmmate goodness that is

johmn Ruskin, the time reman

UNexpectedly, Ruskin met his beloved,”Sacred Soster, his “Sorella,” in Florence in the waning months of 1884.

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15 Responses to ANNOUNCEMENT: POSTS DELAYED unexpectedly!

  1. Frank Gordon says:

    Hullo Jim

    Great to hear from you again – what a wonderful Christmas present!

    Very best wishes


  2. Tim Holton says:

    How frightening, Jim! So sad to hear of this—but relieved by the prognosis! Very, very best wishes for a speedy and full recovery! (What a year!!!)

  3. Charles Clough says:

    Get well soon Jim! Charlie Clough, East Aurora

  4. Mary Jane says:

    Hope you improve steadily, and a happy New Year ahead…

  5. Robert Knight says:

    Dear Jim,

    HURRAH !!!! You’re back! I was worried about you!
    We hope that you and Jenn have a wonderful Christmas!


    Sabina and Bob Knight

  6. Arjun Jain says:

    We wish you well, dear Jim!

  7. Briavel Holcomb says:

    Dear Jim,
    Sorry to hear about your medical issues but sounds like you are recovering well. I had a good Christmas with my daughter and her family. But I think last year was the first in my life when I didn’t go anywhere! Hopefully, I’ll make it across the Atlantic in summer to see my Brit family.
    All best, Bria

  8. Mark Frost says:

    All the best for a speedy recovery, Jim. I’m thinking of you at this difficult time. May Why Ruskin make a return in 2021.

  9. Peter O'Neill says:

    Hi Jim, I wish you robust recovery, Now, I can go back and savor some of your past Ruskin essays and be enlightened. Glad that you are slowly feeling better. Best to you and your sweet wife.

  10. James G Hanink says:

    Jim, I’m praying that you are recovering! Please keep in touch!

  11. Rose La Touche says:

    How are you doing, dear Jim?

  12. Robert Goulding says:

    Hope you’re doing well, Jim!

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