Had an amazing Thanksgiving. Kim (with modest assists from Connor and myself) cooked up one helluva mid-day feast: a 12# turkey, stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, fried mushrooms, green beans, with pumpkin bars and apple crisp for dessert.
In the late afternoon we paid a visit to my aunt and uncle’s where my mother’s family had gathered for the holiday. It was good to see everyone, especially my maternal grandparents. Neither are faring too well and I suppose we won’t have many more holidays with them.
In the evening we snacked on the afternoon leftovers and relaxed in front of the television, watching Timeless, Deep Space Nine, and a marathon of Who’s Line Is It Anyway?
It was a simple day, a relaxing day, but there was a nagging thread throughout, something that has been weighing on all of us to varying degrees: family.
It really hits home when the holidays descend, the importance of family, that shared bond. When those bonds become strained, for whatever reason, it hangs like the proverbial albatross.
Family, be it by shared blood or shared experience, is a defining presence in our lives. We may not always agree, we may not even share the same values, but if there is a connection there it deserves, demands even, attention and nurturing.
But forgiveness is sometimes a four-letter-word.
Everyone has to decide for themselves where the line that cannot be crossed lies. Family matters. Unfortunately sometimes toxic people have to be cut out for the good of the family and that’s a pain that no one should have to go through, but all to often, is a fact of of life.
We all continue to evolve, to grow, as individuals and as part of these family constructs… Let’s face it, love is hard. If it wasn’t, there would be no conflict and without conflict there can be no growth. Sometimes things grow together. Sometimes they grow apart…
What I’m writing: I’m still working on OCCULT DETECTIVE: The Roleplaying Game and collecting ideas for both Born Again and Afterbirth.
What I’m reading: Secret Knowledge, edited by J Douglas Kenyon, The Secret History of Twin Peaks by Mark Frost, Star Trek RPG Pretest Rules by Modiphius, and The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton.
What I’m studying: Robert Bruce’s Astral Projection series.
What I’m drawing: Cover art for Backburner Press’ St. Patrick Day 2017 Tract and a private commission.
What I’m watching: Westworld, Timeless, Lucifer, Ink Master, and Critical Role.
Music I’m listening to: Wardruna’s Runaljod – Ragnarok, and, on youtube, vocalist Marjana Semkina / iamthemorning, and Árstíðir.
Podcasts I’m listening to: Gordon White’s Rune Soup and The Horror Show with Brian Keene and Dave Thomas.
What I’m playing: Occult Detective RPG (naturally), Skyrim (when I can), and Dungeons & Dragons 5e (two campaigns, one as a player and one as a DM). Will be starting Conan RPG and Star Trek RPG sessions soon.
What I’m anticipating: Vikings on History Channel and Star Wars: Rogue One in the theatre.
What I’m obsessing over: Doctor Strange, Traditional Celt and Norse Folk Music, and the Converse Historical Society.
What’s next on The Occult Detective: This coming Monday you’ll be treated to The Occult Detective’s Last Writes with… Greg Mitchell