Dear VT readers,
Phil Butler was resuscitated twice today... a very bad heart arrhythmia, not like needing a stint put in unfortunately. I had sent him some of his comments on his last NEO, and he replied back.
Can you believe he is still checking email? Incredible. The man is a trooper. I don’t have any family contact info, just his email which is a slender thread at a time like this.
Usually New Years Day is usually an opportunistic one for most of us as we have a fresh 365 days to do what we did not get done last year. Phil’s are pending now.
Many of us lead very stressful lives as we are engaged with a very stressful world, even if we are in the “rear areas”. We have many frustrations and disappointments, so devoting time to keeping body and mind up can be challenging.
I never thought I would catch myself out power walking and jogging in 20 degree weather in Atlanta, but I was tonight…running for my life, doing some pre-emptive work after years of sitting in front of a computer with zero exercise.
We will hope for the best for brother Phil, and hope that the next email that comes has some better news. This man has done 12,000 articles, and at his age, and the rest of us, our best work is ahead of us as we know a hell of a lot more than we did five years ago.
Jim W. Dean