Okay, I don't know anything about astrology, but there must be something to this whole Mercury in retrograde thing. Anyone slightly close to the edge of normalcy has jumped the chasm and into downright freaky. That's a clinical term, I believe.
Here's what I snagged from another blog:
On August 10th, 2004, Mercury turns retrograde again, sending communications, missed appointments, mail and the www into a general snarlup! This awkward period begins a few days before the actual turning point (as Mercury slows) and lasts for three weeks or so, until September 2. It finally straightens out on Sept. 14, bringing things back to normal. ...
In general, Mercury rules thinking and perception, processing and disseminating information and all means of communication, commerce and transportation. By extension, Mercury rules people who work in these areas, especially people who work with their minds or their wits: writers and orators, commentators and critics, gossips and spin doctors, tricksters and thieves. Mercury retrograde gives rise to personal misunderstandings; flawed, disrupted, or delayed communications, negotiations and trade; glitches and breakdowns with phones, computers, cars, buses, and trains. And all of these problems usually arise because some crucial piece of information, or component, has gone astray, or awry.
Aha! Hmm. Liking the idea of telling K-- that "I'm sorry. I'm afraid I can't talk to you until September 14, at which point you will hopefully revert to normal. Or your permutation thereof. I'll see you then!"
Actually, it's been a good week for me, developmentally. Was able to finally get a handle on dealing with issues, focusing my thoughts back to the good things happening in our church, then letting go of the extraneous.
Growing a church ... smile, answer, keep going. Keep smiling. Don't look back. Realize that there will always be a Back to Egypt committee in every church. Smile, answer, keep going. Keep smiling. Don't look back.