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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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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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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What’s On?

“What’s on?” People want to know what’s on your iPod, your TV, your stereo, your X Box, your bedside table, your car radio. They think it says something about you. It probably does. So you should know that I watched “Marcella” all weekend, I listened to Natalie Merchant and Al Jarreau in my car, keep my radio tuned to NPR and I finished reading “The Marriage of Opposites” this weekend. Now you know all my secrets.

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45

Am I playing the woman card when I say that I’m kind of excited that a woman stands a really good chance of being the 45th President of the United States? I don’t want a political debate on the merits of anyone in the race, please. We’ve had 44 men in the job. Let’s give this a chance.

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Cross the line

I learned that light travels in a straight line. But to cross the line between darkness and light is a subtle process. A change you can’t actually mark by saying, “Here’s the line. Here’s when it changed.” Even before you can detect the straight ahead beams of light from the sun, the reflected light brightens the sky. Life is like that. Reflections and bounced energy from one thing to another. Where exactly is the line between light and dark?

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Imagine

Imagine living on Mars or a moon of Jupiter. The conversation around moving out into the solar system has always been a lively one. Would you go? By choice? By necessity? We’re quickly making our own planet inhospitable to human life. Do you suppose we can pollute and corrupt our entire solar system before we become extinct as a species?

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Hate

I hate how hard it is to get up out of a chair. I hate how hard it is to walk long enough to buy groceries. Those are just physical things that life gives you as a gift of aging. I don’t hate transgender women who might want to enter the women’s bathroom at the same time as me. That kind of hate is vicious fear mongering harmful to everyone.

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