A leave of absence

In the last two months I have fallen considerable behind on many levels, this includes responding to those who have commented and especially my visiting your blogs with any regularity.
Many of you also know of my medical challenges that have been a major distraction, particularly the previous month learning after an angiogram that the reason for always feeling tired and short of breath was due to a collapsed graft from the open heart surgery three years earlier.
Since some of the lateral veins to the artery have tried to take over, the current method of dealing with this is through medication and a three-day a week’s cardiac rehabilitation program that will last for three months,
Because this program occupies a large portion of my day, I would only fall further behind and so I have no option other than to take a leave of absence while I am in cardio rehabilitation.
This does not mean I will not be looking in now and then on your blogs, just that I shall not be posting. The decision was not taken lightly as I have worked hard these passed months building my blogs.

Typography of the forgotten - series

As the medical center is in Berkeley, I will have the opportunity to continue a series on telephone poles that I have been observing and photographing these passed four years. Their abstract appearance has intrigued me, even influenced some of my paintings, and now I have a chance to capture with greater frequency and regularity their continued temporary change and evolution.

I look forward to my return in August, sharing with you stories and images I have been working on.

Thank you for your visit



Kathy said...

Dear Egmont,
My thoughts and wishes are for your speedy rehabilitation to good health! You will be missed, and I hope that your remarkable photography of the telephone pole series continues without interruption.
Best wishes,

alaine@éclectique said...

Egmont, my thoughts will be with you while you're away. Take care and return with more wind in your sails! All the best with your treatment and a speedy recovery, my friend!

ooglebloops said...

This is your summer to recuperate............we will all be here when you get back!!! Do what the doctor says!!!:>)

Carolina Moon Arts Studio said...

Egmont, don't think of it as a leave of absence, think of it as an art retreat! My best to you.

ArtPropelled said...

All the best for a speedy recovery, Egmont. I look forward to seeing more of your Typography of the forgotten - series when you return.

Folk Heart said...

Hi Egmont! I have just begun to follow your fascinating blog and have such an appreciation for your work. Little did I know that you were facing such challenges at this time. So from a new friend, please accept my most sincere wishes for a complete and speedy recovery. Being in cardiac rehab is so good for the very healthiest of people, and you will benefit so mightily from it. Enjoy your newfound strength and take pride in all that you are accomplishing. You will be amazed what this particulat "detour" will do for your insight and inspiration. I will wait patiently until you return to your regular routine. You are worth it!

Patrina said...

Egmont! It pleases me to hear from you! I clicked onyour blog last night I believe and it said it was not found...I worried that your health had taken a turn - So glad that you are only taking a much needed leave. I look forward to your return. In the meantime, please know that I will be praying restoration to your heart and body!

Such a gentle man ou are... Take care and may the good Lord bless you and keep you and make His face to shine upon you and gicve you His peace...

Patrina <")>><
His watchman on the wall


dear egmont - i've just left you a note at your other blog and wanted you to know i'm sending many caring thoughts and all my best wishes - and i look forward to seeing you in time to help celebrate my leo birthday! until then - jenean

Dan Kent said...

We will miss you - but it sounds like the down time will bring you back to us more vibrant and better than before. It is great that they found the problem and can treat it. I wish you well, Egmont.

Tonya Vollertsen said...

Egmont, thank you for your nice email note recently. I had hoped that meant you were all better. I'm so sorry you will be away, I will keep you in my prayers for a strength and a speedy recovery. I look forward to seeing more of your wonderful series when you get back. I wish you love and cheer.

merci33 said...

I wish you all best Egmont. Isn't it excellent that the issue was identified so it can be tended to...your telephone pole series is stellar...I look forward to seeing more just like all of your fellow well wishers.

Ingrid Dijkers said...

You are missed, but of course everyone understands. Looking forward to your return, but your focus must be on your health right now.
My thoughts are with you,
All my best -

Poetic Artist said...

I will think of you often in my thoughts and prayers. Take care of your self and we will wait for your return.
Your friend,

Eva Macie said...

Dear Egmont, I'm sorry to hear about your recent health concerns. I pray that you receive the care you need and that your health will be restored.
Take care my friend,

Sondra said...

My thoughts are with you and your journey back to health. Positive energy.

Gaby Bee said...

Dear Egmont, I wish you all the best. My thoughts and wishes will be with you.
I'm looking forward to your return!
Take care of yourself,

Shayla said...

Egmont, that makes sense. You had mentioned that the surgery didn't help much. Maybe now you will have greater energy and healing. That is happy news.

As for leaving the blog, my friend Gwen (blog:Desideratum ) has taken two extensive leaves of absence on her blog and as soon as she writes an article, her fans come back. I'm sure it will be the case for you as well since you offer much when you write.

Anonymous said...

I'm sending you healing thoughts of love and care. I had to leave blogger for a brief period myself- so just now have been able to rejoin your blog.
Please do not worry about your fellow bloggers- everyone knows that breaks are necessary and needed. Your health MUST come first. Take care and we'll be here when you return.

Gina said...

i hope all is going well with your recovery Egmont ... do take care >>> Gina

San said...

Everyone needs to take a break from blogging now and again, medical challenges or no. You will be in my thoughts. I wish you healing and I look forward to your return. In the meantime, may you be at peace and have abundant patience with yourself.

Sharon Lovejoy said...


Sending love and powerful thoughts of healing and happiness.

Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

Morna said...

Oh, my! You do have your work cut out for you. My best wishes to you, Egmont, for a successful recovery.

Your rust photographs are beautiful.