been my tradition throughout my adult life to recap the year for
all, and for the record, each Christmas, so here are the highlights
for the Kennedy family of San Jose in 2008.
hope, announced here last year, to cut back one or two days a week
at my technical writing job to ease into retirement over the next
several years was not accepted by the company, so I decided to quit
the job entirely on August 15, after accumulating a few months of
Social Security checks. My supervisors and team mates feted me to
a lavish retirement luncheon party complete with "gold watch"
and speeches of commendation, which I greatly enjoyed and appreciated.
been loving being retired, but the very next month I volunteered
to return to the Stanford University campus (where I spent the best
years, 1972-83, of my ministry career) as a part-time lay chaplain
with the Orthodox Christian Fellowship. The OCF organizer there
appointed me "Director of the Orthodox Christian Resource Center
at Stanford." That has been my main focus this fall and has
been rewarding. It had been 25 years since I left fulltime ministry
there and the growth and changes on the campus are almost unbelievable.
Everything Guide to C.S. Lewis and Narnia,
was released in March and has yet to be reviewed in any published
medium, so far as I know (though I do know of two reviews that authors
have promised to deliver). But it has had some strong oral endorsements
by readers I've heard from, and I've been seeking opportunities
to get the word about it out. One such opportunity has been book
tabling at Stanford as part of my ministry time there, and I gave
a talk/led a discussion on it in an OCF meeting on the campus earlier
this month. I'm also scheduled to do the same at the Archangel Bookstore
in San Francisco on January 7.
the "ends" regarding that book are still somewhat loose,
my progress on the next book has been slow. I've plowed through
all 3000-plus pages of Lewis letters earlier this year and some
of 2007 and have read additional books about him, including Michael
Ward's excellent Planet
I had the pleasure of meeting him at the premiere showing of the
movie in San Francisco in May. I have finished an introduction and
Chapter One of the new book (on Lewis's sanctification), and am
at the midpoint in Chapter Two.
other personal news, I've returned to blogging ("Jonals"
that discuss a wide range of interests) regularly on the Nanty Glo
Home Page, and have made major strides in publishing short movies
and clips on the site, adding our "GloTube"
to the mix of other multi-media web enterprises so popular now.
family news this year, son Mike and daughter-in-law Tracy were finally
able to get a home of their own, just a few miles away from us here
in San Jose. Mike and Kevin both keep busy with their jobs with
no major changes, and Chris has been finding work representing retail
companies that have merchandise and displays in stores ranging from
Walmart to groceries and even movie theaters and flea markets. Brandi
began college this fall at San Jose City College. My brother Bob
(with whom I traveled to Pennsylvania and Indiana again in September)
and his wife Katie continue also much as last year. The same with
grandson Antony, who turns 13 in two months.
blessings and best wishes for many good things in 2009.
you could have done it on your own,
what would have been the need for
the coming of the Lord? - St. Macarius
Lewis Rd. #342, San Jose, CA 95111 | 408-472-3082
Glo, Pa., pictures by Judy Rose; video animation by Jon Kennedy.
music from "Somewhere in My Memory" (Home Alone)
by John Williams