I have not been blogging as much as I would like lately. I am still working on my ^6 conversion - the next test is to happen in about a week - and making pots to fill my summer orders. We've had a little life change, however, which has taken some of my time and attention.
My teenage nephew has come to live with us. He is battling a heroin addiction and needed to be out of the environment in his hometown where it was easy for him to get his drug, because the temptation was too great. Heroin is an evil thing which clouds and torments the mind even long after the physical withdrawal is done. The battle is far from over, but he is a valiant warrior. We can't fight the battle for him - we can't even help much. The best we can do is give him a safe place to fight it, and try to put obstacles between him and the drug when his considerable will flags.
Though its unlikely that anyone he knows reads this blog, it feels like an invasion of his privacy - already necessarily limited - to say much more than that. I still have lots to say about ceramics- I have a favorite frit now, that I can't wait to tell you about, for example - and will blog as time allows. In the meantime, send good thoughts our way, prayers if you've got 'em, and maybe things be alright.
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