This is my 408th post in just over four and a half years of posting on this blog. I have to say that it's been quite the introspective journey. I've been fortunate to make a large number of friends and acquaintences in that four and a half years that I surely would not have met otherwise. Getting into the blogging game early also opened up a lot of doors to new opportunities. I am grateful to my friends and readers for their notes of reassurance and at times criticism. As a result I think that I've grown much farther than I would have on my own. Most of you may have noticed that my frequency of posting this last year has dwindled and unfortunately from here on out it may slow to a trickle. I've had a lot happen in this past season, some good, some bad but the truth is that I am now just too busy and something has to give. I don't intend to pull a Kent Harris and wholly abandon the blogosphere. This may vex some of you deeply but I will continue to be on facebook where you can have a small glimpse into what is going on here as well as delving deeper into some more personal issues such as my love affair with a local burrito joint. At this point in time I'm going to have to opt for quicker and easier but I promise to find my way back here from time to time. I'll leave you with a few more pots from the last firings.