Q. What’s been bugging you lately?
A. The Tuesday Tuneups.
A. They’ve lost something.
Q. How so?
A. I think it started around about the time it would be a nice “game” to ask my readers to select a question for me, rather than me selecting one that I knew would work.
Q. How would you know?
A. Because I’ve been doing the “tuneups” since 1987, though not online, and not always on Tuesdays. So I’ve accumulated a compendium of questions that do work.
Q. So are you going to select a new question for next week?
A. No. I’m going to discontinue them for a while.
A. Overloaded. I’ve been dealing with what I call “Mainstream Stress” and it’s affecting my sense of integrity.
Q. Mainstream Stress?
A. The kind of stress one gets only in the Mainstream; that is, when one has multiple commitments, and has to show up at many specific places at specific times, prepared to conduct oneself according to an expected fashion.
Q. Are you trying to say you’ve been working too hard?
A. Something like that. But I’ve always worked very hard. I just haven’t done it to deadlines, or under pressure, in recent years.
Q. Why not?
A. Because I don’t believe that deadlines and pressures are good for the human spirit. I also believe that my not having operated according to these Mainstream values is what has kept me generally happy and healthy over the years.
Q. And you are not happy and healthy now?
A. Still healthy, though at risk.
Q. And happy?
A. That depends upon what is meant by happiness.
Q. Why are you evading the question?
A. Scripture equates happiness with God’s blessings. I have definitely been in receipt of God’s blessings.
Q. Then why aren’t you happy?
A. Because, apparently, I have been seeking happiness from a source other than God.
Q. What source is that?
Q. You have a friend named Art?
A. Um, no — I do know one guy named Art, but he’s only a casual acquaintance. I’m talking about Art — as in Music. Writing. Singing. All the things I have turned to in order to give beauty to an ugly situation.
Q. What situation?
A. I can’t answer that. I am sorry. It’s too deep and too personal.
Q. May I then therefore be excused?
A. Not just yet. Let’s decide when the Tuneups will recur.
Q. When would you like them to recur?
A. October 1, 2019.
The Questioner is silent.
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