Dealing with Emotions: Can Even a Wizard Handle the Truth?
As you may have heard, despite a rain storm that seriously threatened to postpone things, our Medieval Festival at Fort Tryon Park went off 'thout a hitch --- with one exception. My dear colleague, Merdwin the Mediocre, is, as is your Dragonmaster himself, on an emotional rollercoaster of sorts. Know, then, that Scott Payne's father, Chuck, is in intensive care at Ellis Hospital Campus in Schenectady, New York; Scott, his older brother Michael, and their mother Debbie are all at Chuck's bedside. Chuck is breathing in a ventilator, unable to talk at the moment, yet capable of using his eyes to answer yes or no to anything; I cannot begin to tell you how hard an occasion this is for me.
That said, with the exception of the Halloween Parade, I am herewith postponing all my further public appearances until I am certain that Charlie Payne can make a full recovery. I once said at the very cusp of 9/11 that there are some Dragons that not even Master Blackwolf can tame, much less slay. I now find myself facing that reality once more.
Safe journeys, my children.