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Missive #3

The VA appointments went well. The pressure in the right eye has gone down to a normal range so I can quite using the drops to treat that. All the other drops, except artificial tears, have also now been used for the time required. Met the surgeon that will be doing the left eye; he is one of the doctors that told me in years past that the cataracts were not ready for surgery yet. I was also give potential surgery dates, this will be finalized during my 21 December appointment. Surgery sometime in January 2023.

The storm that we had during the weekend brought us over 1″ of rain. We didn’t do a midday or afternoon walk on Sunday because there was a steady light rain. There is now a moat across one of my walking routes. Then Monday morning there was a heavy fog that didn’t burn off until well after sunrise. The rain should make for some good spring flowers and the ocotillo might send out some leaves now — they are drought deciduous.

Although the first book in the Time of Troubles tetralogy it is the eighth book published in the Videssos cycle.

The Stolen Throne is a 1995 fantasy novel by American writer Harry Turtledove and set in the Videssos universe.
It is the first book in the Time of Troubles tetralogy. The events depicted are strongly based on the historical interaction of Sassanid Persia and Byzantium in the 6th and 7th century. The first book depicts the rise of Sharbaraz (the analog to Khosrau II) to overcome the usurper Smerdis (Bahram Chobin) to become the King of Kings of Makuran (Persia) with the help of the Videssian Emperor Likinios (Maurice). — Wikipedia

As Under-Secretary of Defense under George H. W. Bush in April 1992, Paul Wolfowitz and Lewis “Scooter” Libby presented a memorandum on “Defense Planning Guidance: 1994-99,” asserting that: “We must maintain the mechanism for deterring potential competitors from even aspiring to a larger regional or global role.” U.S. officials announced that they felt American security to be threatened if they could not control the political and economic policy of other countries. — The Destiny of Civilization by Michael Hudson 

“Man’s dearest possession is life. It is given to him but once, and he must live it so as to feel no torturing regrets for wasted years, never know the burning shame of a mean and petty past”. — How Steel was Tempered by Nicolai Ostrovsky

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