1. Lauren was a student of mine last year and while I was eating some breakfast in the cafeteria, she came over to say hi and when I asked her about her summer she told me about how, as a former foster child, she was advocating for foster children and had done so in both New Orleans and Washington, D. C. With her intelligence and eloquence, I've got to think she's very effective in her presentations.
2. I saw my primary doctor today and the news was the best I can hope for. I'll always have severe kidney disease, but my kidney numbers are remaining stable. That's what I hope for each check up: that my condition, which can't improve much, isn't getting worse.
3. I met up with Em and the Troxstar at the Rogue Ale House and two people the Troxstar knows from the world of compost toilets joined us and, lo and behold, Matt and I had a great talk about Butte and Kellogg and mine waste and impacts and clean-up efforts. I was not expecting that conversation this evening. Fascinating. I wish I'd had a copy of Richard Hugo's "Letter to Levertov from Butte" in my back pocket for Matt and Molly to read.