‘Tis the season of goodwill

It is said that loneliness can be as detrimental to our health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.  It’s a worrying statistic about a situation that doesn’t discriminate.  Loneliness and isolation can affect anyone, at any time of life.

I had a love hate relationship with Xmas.  As a child (and young adult) I craved it.  As a parent I celebrated vicariously.  As a divorced adult I tolerated it.  In my first long term relationship I rediscovered it.  Recently, for five years, my every day was Xmas.  Now I am a single curmudgeon it is as meaningless as all other days.

The newly discovered world of 3D printing has given me an interest and I am working as one of Santa's elves.  This morning I had reason to pause and I looked at my desk top.  "Oh Mr Hart. What a mess".

My work area is a catastrophe.  I have several concurrent tasks.  It is a battleground.  I am cannibalising numerous old earphones (decades old) for their neodymium magnets.  More on that next.  "Christmas Means Carnage".

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