Blessings

Here in the USA, many people spent time over the holiday thinking about their blessings. You know the old expression “if you want to feel rich, count your blessings.” It works. It works as long as you’re doing it. It doesn’t work if you’re climbing over a sales clerk at the Wal Mart trying to reach a toy before your neighbor from church gets it first.

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I Want

Scheduling is not my favorite thing. I want what I want when I want it. Not on a schedule. If I’m hungry at 4 PM, why can’t I have dinner then? If I want to go to the grocery store at 5:45 AM, why can’t I go then? If I want to publish a blog post right now, not in 8 minutes, why can’t I do that?

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The Gong

At the healthplex where I’ve been going for physical therapy for a while, you get to bang a gong on your last visit. That’s today for me, and I plan to ring it with vigor. My epic win in my Super Better game, however, was to get back into my hour long exercise class and make it through. I did that last week. Two big achievements toward better health.

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The Sunrise

Sandia Sunrise

I’m waiting for the sunrise, just to make sure the world is still turning and that last night’s election results didn’t cause the end of everything. I woke up dreaming I was on the phone with a 911 operator because a crazy man with a gun was inside my home threatening everyone. I need the sunrise to cheer me up.

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Nanosecond

I look away for just a nanosecond and lose all train of thought. It’s this election. No one can focus on anything but watching it come to an end. Tonight it will be over. The people will have elected a new President. Maybe then we can all concentrate on something for longer than nanoseconds again.

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One Vote

The election’s over for me. I cast my vote on the first day of early voting. The polling place I went to was crowded already. Each of us is equal in the voting booth: one vote, one person. It’s the loudest way I know to announce my position on the fate of the country – filling in circles quietly and feeding my ballot into a counting machine.

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It’s Heaven

If there is a heaven on earth, it’s wild nature. The places where the trees, birds, animals, and tiny multitudes live without interference from the homo sapiens overrunning the planet. To experience that heaven, people have to go there, be in it. Hear it, smell it, see it, feel it. Yet leave it alone in the process. We have a heavenly planet but it needs care.

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Hair

I have a list of complaints about hair.

  1. Man buns
  2. Super long hair on women
  3. Men who have a 3 day growth of beard every damn day
  4. Half shaved heads
  5. I reserve the right to complain about any other hair issue I encounter in the future. I feel justified in this because my hair is perfect.

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Punching Up

There is a discussion among comedians about punching up vs. punching down. Meaning you can punch jokes and make fun of those who are above you. Those jokes can be funny. But those who are below you, like rape victims, disabled people, or fat people are people you punch down. And punching down isn’t funny or fair. Making fun of other people’s problems isn’t funny. Can we go back to being funny?

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Look! Look!

Look! Look! People write here. People leave comments here. Are you reading them? Don’t skip that part of the blog. It isn’t about what I write, it’s about what they write. That’s why we’re here: to get you to writing. So don’t just read the prompt, read the comments. Look at the genius that flashes by in the comment section.

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