Hello World!

Hello, world.  That is WordPress’s default title for a first blog post and since I can’t think of anything better at the moment, I’ll leave it.  I am not sure that I have anything to say to the world, or to anyone in it.  I suspect that I am a very shallow person, and yet I have a subterranean life that might surprise those who know me only casually.  And that means everyone — I see to it that all who know me, know me only casually.

Title of the blog — Pain is a Patient Teacher — that is something I have learned in recent years.  Not physical pain, but mental pain, psychic pain, emotional pain.  When that kind of pain takes hold of you, it means you have something to learn, and it keeps teaching and keeps teaching and keeps teaching and doesn’t let go of you until you have learned ALL it has to teach.  Most of my life I’ve been a quick study, but in retrospect, I realize that I was only in kindergarten.