The holiday travels and time with family – being in a household of very liberal, but rarely SJW, Hillary and Bernie supporters excepting my Dad – was good, all in all, and also fodder for a number of thoughts that will come out in the next week or two.

I hope all went well for everyone, and also, prayers to the people losing their homes and escaping the fires in the southeast. It will certainly be a while before Gatlinburg will recover, and that was a favorite spot to spend a week in a rented cabin, hiking the trails in the Smoky Mountain park.