The fog is clearing, finally

I think I am finally coming out of the fog almost two weeks after the fall.

My vision is clearing a bit and the blur is going away as well as the double vision that came back for a while.

I am still bummed that I didn’t get to attend the dedication ceremony for the Shari Flaming Center for the Arts across the street at Tabor College.

However, it was streamed live on YouTube so I was able to see both the dedication and the “Messiah” and the ribbon-cutting in my house, so I cast it to my TV and had the benefit of the big screen and the stereo sound.

I thought, and have always thought, that Lyndon Vix is the perfect spokes­man for the Tabor College Board of Directors.

He injects humor just at the right times and it is always quite clever.

With many rooms in the new facility named for key donors, Lyndon talked about the Loewen Room “where they keep all of the Loewens.”

My column seldom spills over the allotted space but last week was an exception.

I would like to thank everyone for their prayers and concern for my well-being during my most recent trauma.

I am sad that former high school classmate Larry Bartel passed away recently.

I have never known anyone who worked as hard as Larry. He was always full speed ahead.

He played football and was our left tackle. Coach LeRoy Schmidt designed a tackle eligible play where we threw the ball to him, and the first time we tried it, he ran for a long touchdown. I don’t remember which game it was, but I vividly remember the play.

I didn’t get to attend his service as I was in the hospital, but the program said he had built more than 260 houses and other structures in his construction career. I was the beneficiary of two of those.

He will be missed.

I watched the time lapse video of the construction of the massive building across the street. It is an impressive look at what went on in our neighborhood for a year and half.

Now that the arts center is officially open, the construction noise has abated considerably, although more is yet to finish outside.

I found links to these videos on Twitter and the website if you want to look them up.

This is my last chance to wish all of you a Merry Christmas before the big day. Ours will be low key.

My last chance at some culture before Christmas is to attend the performance of “Amahl and the Night Visitors” at our church, which occurred Dec. 15.

It is almost time for me to renew my driver’s license. This time it will be the one that will let me into Canada without my passport.

If you wish to share your comments or ideas, my e-mail address is joel@

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