Beware The Ides Of March

An apology to my readers.

I was born with a weak spine. Literally, but not figuratively (I hope).

So I’ve had these recurring back problems since I reached middle age. They’re usually fixable, but it takes some time, and I’m in one of those time periods right now. The doctors started working on it in early February, and they (and I) hope to have the problem fixed in a few weeks.

Meanwhile, I just haven’t felt like sitting down at my computer and typing out the long screeds you’re getting used to here. For one, it’s uncomfortable, although the medication I’m on keeps me hobbling around the house. But, as I told my doctor, some days the medication makes me feeling like I was back in college in the 60s. Which means I really don’t trust myself to share much with the world. I can sit down and scribble out a few words on Facebook from time to time just to keep my engine running, but that’s about the extent of my current literary capabilities.

It’s kind of sad, because there’s so much to write about right now,  with the Legislature in town (I could scream about them shutting down wind energy in North Dakota, in spite of the fact that the phrase “North Dakota is the Saudi Arabia of wind energy” has become the most over-used bragging cliche of every politician here in the last 25 years), the carnival that Donald Trump brought with him to Washington (thank God he goes home on weekends, like a college student going home to see his high school girlfriend, which, in theory, at least, cuts the damage by 25 per cent or so), and next Wednesday’s likely showdown between the U.S. Army and the Great Sioux Nation at Cannonball (Return to Little Bighorn?).

But I’m on hiatus for a few more weeks. So to politicians, oil companies, polluters, and others who find themselves on my cranky side from time to time, I’ll just say this: I’m storing it all up. Beware the Ides of March.

6 Responses

  1. Patricia Hertz

    Feel better, Jim. I hope you heal up and get back out there hiking, fishing, and enjoying nature. I will miss the Prairie blogs. God’s speed.

  2. Ed Gruchalla

    Jim, now is the time we need your insight. Suck it up and get back on your horse.
    Ed Gruchalla

  3. Pat Lewis

    Definitely, Jim, in what Ed G. says, rest up this weekend and get back on the horse and give the politicians of N.D. more than they can handle.

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