Monthly Archives: April 2019

Day 2347: Optimal Fuel

What is your optimal fuel?

Is it

  • a good night’s sleep?
  • naps?
  • supportive people?
  • animals?
  • community?
  • poetry?
  • music?
  • friends?
  • peace?
  • forgiveness?
  • magic?
  • beliefs?
  • humor?
  • hope?
  • nature?
  • travel?
  • the city?
  • the country?
  • walking (or other exercise you enjoy)?
  • work?
  • celebrations?
  • taking time for yourself?
  • wishes?
  • writing?
  • observing?
  • questions?
  • answers?
  • love?
  • nutritious food, including kale?

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Two optimal videos show up (here and here) when I search YouTube for “Willie Nelson Optimal Fuel”:

Gratitude is one of my optimal fuels, so thanks to all who helped me create today’s optimal post and — of course! — to YOU.

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Day 2346: What would you do?

Yesterday, I asked my readers “What would I do without you?”  

Today, I want to shift the focus to what YOU would do.

What would you do if …

  • somebody made a comment you had trouble answering?
  • you loved a certain dish but nobody could make it like your late mother did?
  • a family member stopped talking to you?
  • you wanted to stay open to all possibilities?
  • you started writing a new song four days before a Friday night Open Mic?
  • you had a backlog of unfinished original songs including one called “Rhetorical Questions?”
  • you wanted to spend more Friday evenings with your significant other who doesn’t like Open Mics?
  • you had pets that didn’t seem to like each other very much?
  • you had the chance to spend some time in historic Charlestown, Massachusetts?
  • you had trouble making decisions?
  • the news rarely reflected your personal experience of human beings?
  • you encountered sexism, racism, anti-Semitism, ageism,  homophobia, or other injustices?
  • you saw some beautiful rainbows when you were driving?
  • you wanted to be present to every moment but also capture some of them on your cell phone?

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What would you do if you found this channel on YouTube?

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwdo8-3UrfZ9scHPl0m4Ysg

What would you do if you found this song on YouTube?

 

What would you do if you had trouble just asking for things but you wanted comments?

What would you do if you had so much gratitude to all?

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Day 2345: What would I do without you?

What would I do without you, my readers, who have supported and sustained me through 2,345 consecutive days of blogging?

What would I do without my iPhone and my eye for interesting images and connections all around me?

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What would I do without wonderful people like Ryan Gee, sales manager extraordinaire  for Boston Roofing and Gutters, who helped us quickly fix our leaky roof and also told us about the best local Thai Restaurant EVER (Thai Noodle Bar in Quincy, Massachusetts)?

What would I do without sustaining organizations like the Northeastern Society for Group Psychotherapy  (see conference brochure pictured above) especially during challenging times like these?

What would I do without YouTube and music like Drew Holcomb And The Neighbors“What Would I Do Without You”?

What would I do without your comments?

What would I do without my daily chance to express gratitude here to all those who help me create these posts and — OF COURSE! — to YOU.

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Day 2344: Not sure?

Not sure

  • what to do,
  • what to think,
  • what to feel, or
  • where today’s blog post title is coming from?

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I’m not sure about a lot of things,  but I sure appreciate clear instructions about what to do when I’m not sure (like when I’m having another one of those days and I’m not sure exactly where to place the different remnants from my lunch in the hospital cafeteria).

Not sure about the definition of “sure”?

sure
/SHo͝or/
adjective

1. confident in what one thinks or knows; having no doubt that one is right.
“I’m sure I’ve seen that dress before”
synonyms: certain, positive, convinced, definite, confident, decided, assured, secure, satisfied, persuaded, easy in one’s mind, free from doubt

adverb

INFORMAL•NORTH AMERICAN
1.certainly (used for emphasis).
“Texas sure was a great place to grow up”

I’m not sure whether that’s the best definition of “sure”  on the internet, but I put it here anyway.

Not sure about any of my other photos from yesterday?

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Michael was not sure if our recently repaired entry-way roof was supposed to look like that, so he called the roofer, who sure came over fast last night to respond to our concerns.

JAGMAC  — a group of six siblings from Baltimore — is  “Not Sure.”

Not sure about anything, here and now? I’d sure like to know about it.

I’m not sure how to express my gratitude to all who helped me create today’s post and — of course! —  to YOU, but I’ll put this here.

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Day 2343: Another one of those days

Almost exactly two years ago, I wrote a post titled “One of Those Days.”

Yesterday, I had another one of those days, in which I felt

  • down,
  • dejected,
  • depleted,
  • displaced,
  • discouraged,
  • de-energized,
  • disappointed, and
  • in the dumps, dammit.

While I was having another one of those d-days, other people were having their own days.

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Near the end of another one of those days, Vivian (appearing in my daily blog here, here  here, here, and especially here) texted me the helpful reminder shown above. Let’s have another look at that:

This is your reminder that healing is not linear.  It’s ok for some days to feel like you’ve regressed, it’s ok for the “small” things to hurt again. Healing is a continuous learning process.

It seemed like Vivian, miles away, knew I was having another one of those days.

Mama said, “There’ll Be Days Like This.”

What do you do when you are having another one of those days?

Here’s another one of those daily blog endings:

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Day 2342: BFD

Blogging Friends, Do you know what BFD stands for?

Is it a Big Freakin’ Deal if I share my photos from yesterday?

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Book Finely Done:

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Bashful Feline Detected:

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Boston Fans’ Delight:

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Big, Friendly Declaration:

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Bona Fide Discussions:

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Bystander Finds Diversion:

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Bill’s Far-reaching Difference:

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Boston’s Floating, Described:

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Bright Floral Displays:

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Blake Frolics Doggedly:

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Boston’s Fine Days:

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Bowl of Food Delicious:

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Best Foto Determined?

Band Faces Dave:

Big Finale, Dears.

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Day 2341: Life is a beautiful ride

Life is a beautiful ride, even in April 2019.

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Life is a beautiful ride, as I’m reading all that’s around me.

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Life is a beautiful ride, especially if

  • I avoid the news and
  • we rise up and tip the scale toward justice.

What makes life a beautiful ride for you?

Here’s “Beautiful Ride” performed by John C. Reilly as Dewey Cox from Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story.

Life is an even more beautiful ride with participation and with gratitude, so please comment below AND accept my thanks (to all who helped me create today’s post and — of course! — to YOU).

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Day 2340: May this day be the day

May this day be the day to lead us to peace, to happiness and to joy.

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May this day be the day where all my photos are relevant to my title.

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May this day be the day that Michael makes another delicious meal for me.

May this day be the day that I share a great song with you.

May this day be the day you listen to “Beautiful Day” by The Levellers featuring Imelda May.

May this day be the day I express my gratitude to all who helped me create another daily post and — of course! — to YOU, for your time and effort on this day.

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Day 2339: Mother Earth

Today is my late mother‘s birthday AND Earth Day

As my mother (who loved the ocean, animals, and her family) used to say, “Anything worth doing is worth doing well.”  So how do I celebrate her birthday and Earth Day well?

Here’s a card I saw yesterday that seems like something else my mother would say to me:

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I can do this: I can tell you that I love my mother and Mother Earth very much and I try to celebrate them every day.

Here are almost all my other photos from yesterday:

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Here‘s a Mother Earth Song:

How are you going to celebrate Earth Day?

As I do every day (and I hope I do it well), I express my gratitude. Here’s the other photo I took yesterday:

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After I published this post, this photo of my  mother and me showed up on FaceBook:

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Day 2338: Big kisses

Big kisses to

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Big kisses to the wonderful people from my group psychotherapy organization who wrote “joy”, “passion,” “change”, ” positivity”, “love”, and other things on those beach stones at a retreat last fall.

Big kisses to these two for creating this video:

 

There’s a big list of songs with “kiss” in the title, including “Prelude to a Kiss,”

“Kiss on My List,”

and “The Perfect Kiss.”

Big kisses to Duke Ellington, Hall & Oates, and New Order.

Big kisses and thanks to all who helped me create today’s post and — of course! — to YOU!

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