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Day 709: Approved

As a psychotherapist, I’ve witnessed and approved people changing their ideas and feelings about themselves, switching from “disapproved” to “approved.” I also witness and approve them caring less about whether they are approved of or disapproved of by other people.

In my experience, what helps turn “disapproved” into “approved”?


How do you approve of this post, so far?

If you’ve approved (or disapproved) of a lot of these posts in the past, you may have noticed that the title I approve for the post is often connected to a song I approve of, which has shown up during my approved walks, from the day before.

Yesterday, I approved this tune by a favorite band:

(“Twiggs Approved” found here on YouTube)

Because I usually approve live performances (but couldn’t find one I approved of for “Twiggs Approved”), I looked for another approved Dixie Dregs performance, on YouTube,* for this post. I found this one from the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, this one from American Bandstand with Dick Clark, and then approved this live one for here:

Why is that one approved by me, over all the others? Because it captures how friggin’ amazing that band was live. I hope you approve.

In addition, I approve this video, showing Steve Morse, the much approved and admired guitarist from Dixie Dregs, showing us the approved way to play the opening riff from “Smoke on the Water“:

Why am I approving that?  Because it gives me an excuse to share a YouTube video created almost four years ago by my now 16-year-old son Aaron:

(“Misheard Lyrics of ‘Smoke on the Water‘” found here on YouTube. Aaron approved, in his own way, my including that video here.)

Of course, as Aaron’s mother, I REALLY approve of that video.

I shall now approve this excuse for including the photos I took yesterday: I took all of them while it was raining a smokin’ amount of water, throughout the day.

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That last photo shows the flooded location of my son Aaron’s appearance as THE LEAD IN A PLAY THIS WEEKEND! (Sometimes, all capital letters indicate approval, from me. Sometimes they indicate I’m going ham.)

I hope you approve of my telling you a few more things about those photos:

  • It was raining so hard yesterday that very few human beings around me approved of the idea of walking for more than a few seconds outside.
  • After I walked through the downpour, I felt drenched but HEALTHY.  I’m hoping that the doctors I see this month will approve my intuitive feeling, right now, that my heart is okay.

If I end this post right now, do you approve?

I DON’T CARE.  I’m ending it anyway.

Thanks to everybody who has ever approved or disapproved or been approved of or disapproved of, in any way (including YOU, I’m sure you will not be able to disprove).

* Whether or not you approve of YouTube, it’s part of our lives, isn’t it? Which reminds me:  acceptance is another thing that helps people move from disapproved to approved.

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Day 531: Long slow distance/Letter from home

Yesterday, while my son was at his keyboard lesson, I took a walk. The weather was overcast and threatening rain.

I meant to take my umbrella, but — these days — I often forget at least one little thing.

It didn’t matter. I had my iPhone and, therefore, my music with me.

Long Slow Distance, a tune I’ve loved for many decades, started playing.

I saw many things from different perspectives, as I walked away, got lost, and then made my way back to my son, in time.





As I re-approached the place where Aaron’s piano teacher lives and gives lessons, yesterday morning, the word “home” came into my mind.

Perhaps that was because Letter from Home — also beloved by me for many years — was playing.

That song speaks to me of loss. And love.

I miss my father, this Father’s Day.


Thanks to the Dixie Dregs, to Pat Metheny, to Anna Maria Jopek, to families everywhere, and to those who go long, slow distances — away from and toward home.  And thanks to you for your visit here, no matter where you are on your journey.


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