3 I spoke with all my kids yesterday, and it struck me that each of them has an exciting time going on in one life area: work, school, avocations, or relationships. At first, I thought a little sadly that among them they had a perfect life going on. But then I realized that if any of us had excitement in all those areas, the mixture would be too rich.

When things are very exciting at work or school, we don’t have time for very exciting relationships. When things are very exciting with our avocations — our art or our political involvement, or whatever we’re passionate about but not paid for — we need to skimp on other parts of our lives to make up for it.

Speaking of skimping, that’s my kitchen above.¬†Before.

Here’s 3 after. It’s better, isn’t it? I took the menfolks around to look in the drawers and cabinets and suggested that they notice how things were supposed to be, so they could help keep them closer to that ideal. They were patient yet scornful, and assured me that they never made messes of any kind.

I have a lot going on today, so once I had done my errands and cleaning and walking and writing and visiting with my kids yesterday, I decided to spend the rest of the day reading.

I gave up novels for Lent, and I had a stack of nonfiction, gathered in various ways and at various times, which I hadn’t yet read. There is a biography of Napoleon in the stack. Otherwise, they have all turned out to involve quantum mechanics and/or global warming, in varying degrees.

I wasn’t ignorant on either of those topics before I started, but now I feel as though I’ve been taking a course on the subject. When I finally get through Napoleon’s biography, I expect it will turn out to have something to do with quantum mechanics and global warming, too.

Last week, I was thrilled to receive The Science of Discworld in the mail, and set right to reading it. It is about — quantum mechanics and global warming.

Apparently, God wants me to be thinking about these topics.