Please join me in wishing my eldest daughter a very happy 30th birthday, today. I'm not sure how that happened; I am nowhere near old enough to have 30-year-old children. . .
In all seriousness, I could hardly be prouder of her. She spent much of her 20s dealing with a lot of, um, stuff in her life. And as I sit here now, she has done a remarkable job of getting her life back on track. Well done, Sweetheart. . .
God is good. . .
On a different (although not totally unrelated) note, today is also the 38th anniversary of the life of the Christian community of which I have spent virtually my entire adult life being a member (and again, the idea that, 38 years ago, I was nominally an adult, just doesn't seem right. . .) Nevertheless. . .
"Behold, how good and pleasant it is, when brethren dwell together in unity." (Psalm 133:1)
On a somewhat less 'cosmic' level, as of the end of May, I have 584 miles on my bike so far this season, which is nearly 200 more (ie, half again) than I've ever had at that point. The warm winter goes a long way, but not all of it, toward accounting for that total. We'll see where it all ends up (and what it might mean - or not - for my general overall state of health and well-being). . .
(add 5 June)
Since we've been discussing 'celestial events' around these parts just lately, I thought I'd flag for any of my readers who might be interested that this evening, for seven hours starting at 6:09 PM EDT (that's where I live), Venus will be making a transit across the face of the sun. Sorta like a mini-solar-eclipse, except that Venus is way too far away to actually block out the sun, or even dim its light appreciably. But if you look carefully (with proper eye protection), you'll see a small black dot (that would be Venus) making its way across the face of the sun. I've got my #14 welding shade at the ready (although they tell me that, since it will still be happening through sunset (at least locally, here in Michigan), it'll be no less safe than watching any sunset, and might even be that much cooler).
Transits of Venus are pretty rare, occurring in 8-year pairs every 110-120 years or so. So if you happened to miss the one in 2004, this is your last chance 'til 2117, and good luck with that.