Several of you have checked in to see how I'm holding up given the recent news regarding relations with our northern neighbor. Thank you for your care and concern! I am doing fine overall -moving forward with daily life and future plans, although feeling cautious and extra-alert, too.
The escalating tension seems increasingly real. Although no one is really talking about it -and I feel like a jerk for bringing it up to anyone around here- there are some unmistakable signs: more military helicopters and jets overhead, the headlines of various online papers... it's strange to me that no one wants to discuss it, but then again, there is a definite cultural tendency to keep thoughts and emotions bottled up. Of course, that practice can feel very stifling and frustrating to someone like me.