Confessions of Cultural Heretics

"When the whole world is running headlong towards the precipice, one who walks in the opposite direction is looked on as being crazy." T.S. Elliot

Back to the Blog

No, we have not fallen off the face of the earth, but we have had A LOT going on in the past few months to justify our neglect of the blog since our last post in (gasp!) March.

So here’s a quick catch up on our lives:

Brian finished his medical school training, completed Officer Development School with the Navy, received the Lucas County Family Medicine Award, graduated from University of Toledo Medical School, was promoted to Lieutenant, moved all of us from Ohio to North Carolina in two days and began his residency with the Naval Hospital. So you can call him Dr. Burke or Lt. Burke and help him remember he’s not a med student anymore!

What has been keeping me busy these past few months has been purely domestic. The house is mostly settled, Killian is almost 20lbs, teething and army crawling, and Joseph is completely potty trained (I think I deserve a diploma for that).

We are enjoying our new house with a lot more open space both inside and out for the kids to explore. In general this move has been a smooth adjustment, except for the BUGS. We have daily lessons in Living in the South, which have included instruction in identifying and avoiding  fire ant hills, snakes, spiders and other insects of unusual size. But on the plus side, we live 15 minutes from a beautiful beach, get a cooling breeze most evenings off of the ocean and have a persimmon tree in our back yard.

So here we find ourselves, a family of Catholic Northerners, in the heart of the Bible Belt, where the fields are full of tobacco and sweet potatoes, and everyone calls me ma’am. This should be an experience for sure.



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