My wife just called. In tears. Never a good sign.
Seems her place of employment - where she has worked for the last 25 years and hoped to retire from - is laying her off. She works for our local newspaper (well, until February 6, anyway), and considering what newspapers are going through, this wasn't completely unexpected, but she had survived three other rounds of early retirements and cuts, so we were hoping for at least five more years there and her own natural retirement.
Those hopes have been dashed upon the rocks of a brutal economic reality and changing industry paradigm.
Speaking of economics, please pray for us as right now we are both still pretty much in shock, and have no idea what our next steps will be, either occupationally or financially.
We rest assured that our destiny lies in God's hands and your good thoughts and kind prayers.
"Mr. Fennyman, allow me to explain about the theatre business. The natural condition is one of insurmountable obstacles on the road to imminent disaster."
"So what do we do?"
"Nothing. Strangely enough, it all turns out well."
"I don't know. It's a mystery."
--Philip Henslowe and Hugh Fennyman, from Shakespeare in Love