Never

“I promise I will never leave you out of anything again.”

“I promise I will never take drugs again.”

Promises are hard to keep. Especially when your life is not in your own control, when you have to make decisions on the spur of the moment, when the drugs in your neck were inserted by someone else.

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Joni Mitchell

I’m an old person. I like music from the old days. Yesterday I threw a Joni Mitchell CD on the player in my car and turned it up really loud. Young people don’t know who Joni Mitchell is. They think Billie Holliday is a man and never heard of The Beatles. I think I have an advantage when I know all those old voices, yet can appreciate Beyonce and Mumford and Sons.

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Did you see?

Did you see the dogs playing with an old sock?
Did you see the sunrise?
Did you see the raindrops run down the windowpane?
Did you see the Milky Way?
Did you see the children swinging in the park?
Did you see the daisy bloom?

Did you see it? Life still worth living – did you see it?

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Come Together

It’s so difficult for people to come together. For just two people to find each other and agree to come together is amazing. Yet we are asking millions of people to come together to vote. The vote is so important this year for so many varied reasons. Do vote. Do.

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Sweetie

Is it safer for gay men to act normal now? You don’t see many of those flaming, flamboyant men who call everyone “Sweetie” and swish about these days. The outrageous certainly has its charms, but I think I like it better now, where people are just people.

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A Failed Coup

Sherlock clicked up to my knee and put his head near my hand. He looked at me with big eyes, begging for a scratch. I ran my fingernails behind his eyes. “You’re a good boy,” I said.

Harry called to Sherlock as he always does when I’m giving him attention. “Here boy, come, Sherlock.” Sherlock ignored him. A failed coup.

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Beautiful

The morning air after a rain is still a beautiful thing. The way the neighbor waves over the fence and says, “Beautiful day!” is full of cheer. The little bounce in the step from that morning cuppa a beautiful way to start a day. Ignoring the news is going to be the best part of this beautiful day.

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Medical Advice

He tossed medical advice about like snake oil, splashing everyone with his venom. He knew nothing, had no education, no training. Yet women – and a few men – hung on his every word, bought his every promise, believed his every statement.

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Going Right

The news is too much with us. The things that are going right are buried under an avalanche of pain and suffering. I’m trying to remind myself each day that I’m still here, my life is enjoyable, and the sun is shining on a beautiful world. Hope you are, too.

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The News

The news is so depressing, I don’t watch it. It’s a mental health issue. Despair rules. I know what I can do to change the way the world works and I’m doing it. Every day. Watching the failures obsessively on 24 hour news channels doesn’t help. Go outside. Watch a tree move in the breeze. You’ll be better able to ‘be the change.’

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