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Day 1902: What I Know/What I Don’t Know

What I know, here and now, includes the following:

What I don’t know, here and now, includes the following:

  • What you might put on your lists of what you know and what you don’t know.
  • Why I’m avoiding doing my taxes.
  • Whether I’m going to sing new lyrics I wrote to “Mack the Knife” about my Coping and Healing groups at work next week.
  • Who is going to be the next President of the United States.
  • How you might react to my photos from yesterday.






I know that Bugles have way too much saturated fat but I didn’t know they were America’s #1 finger hat.  Now I know.

I know I love this Stephen Sondheim song (which you may or may not know from a six-month-old blog post).

Today I could choose to see a Stephen Sondheim musical at a local university and/or work on my taxes.  I don’t know what I’m going to do.

I know this:  I could do both. I’ll let you know tomorrow.

I don’t know what I would do without the people who help me write this blog.  I know I appreciate all of them, including YOU.


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Day 1901: March Madness

While “March Madness” usually refers to the U.S. National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament, I’m going to write about different kinds of March Madness.

Yesterday, I spoke with people about how many losses and deaths we had experienced in the month of March. It seemed like madness when we listed the beloved relatives and friends who had passed away during this one month.

Is it madness that I had this conversation with my dear friend, Megan?

Me:  My father died in March,  but I can’t believe how many people you’ve lost in March.

Megan: It’s crazy!

Me:  It’s traumatizing! I’ll tell you what. In the future, if it looks like I’m going to die in the month of March, I’ll make sure they keep me on life support until I make it to April.

Megan (laughing):  Thank you!

Me: Then maybe I’ll die on April 1st.  I think that’s a good day to die.

Is it madness to talk about our own deaths and to laugh about loss? For me, it helps dispel the madness.

How are you dealing with this year’s madnesses in March?  Personally, I’m glad U.S. students and their families are marching for their lives in March. It’s madness that there’s so much gun violence in the United States.

Was it madness for me to take any of these March photos?








Here‘s the March madness of Metallica playing “Hero of the Day” with the San Francisco Symphonic Orchestra:

Thanks to all the heroes of the day who helped me create this March Madness blog post and — of course! — to YOU.


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Day 1900: What is life?

Because today is the nineteen hundredth consecutive blogging day of The Year(s) of Living Non-Judgmentally, I’d like to mark that milestone by asking an important question.  Now, I could ask my usual question of “But who’s counting?” but I think the question “What is life?” is more important.

What is life, dear readers?

Luckily, I have a photo that may answer that important question.


Do you agree that life’s an event?

Looking at my other photos from yesterday, I would also say that life is eventful.

It’s been an eventful 1900 days here at The Year(s) of Living Non-Judgmentally, where our creative consciousness is not limited.  Many thanks to all who have helped me create and sustain this daily blog and — OF COURSE! — to YOU.


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Day 1896: Always Remember

Always remember to listen to those you trust.

Always remember to look around. Otherwise, you might miss something.

Always remember to show your love and turn your clocks forward in the spring.

Always remember to share your favorite things, like music.

What do you always remember?

I always remember to express thanks at the end of everything else I remember to say.

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Day 1895: Forget Regret

Yesterday, in a group therapy session, people talked about regret.  I said, “Regret is really present in this room. Should we invite Regret to sit down?”   People looked a little less regretful when they invited Regret to sit in a corner.  They also asked Regret questions like “Why won’t you go away?”  I answered in the voice of Regret: “I won’t go away because I think I help you. What would you do without me?”  People said that as the session went on, Regret was still there but was getting smaller.

Near the end of the session, I went over to the chair where Regret was sitting, picked it up by the scruff of the neck, opened the door with my other hand, threw Regret into the hallway, and slammed the door.  I asked people how it felt now that Regret was out of the room.  “Wonderful,” was one reply.

Later that day, I went to physical therapy for my torn rotator cuff, and Regret visited me there.  I got so discouraged about my lack of progress that I focused on my regret for slipping and falling on January 31.  Then, I remembered the group, took Regret by the scruff of the neck and threw it out the door.

Here‘s the song I heard yesterday with the lyrics “Forget Regret.”

There’s only us

There’s only this

Forget regret

Or life is yours to miss

No other road

No other way

No day but today.

Kind and wonderful people — like Dr. Maria Gonzalez Del Castillo and Kate at Beacon Hill Dental Associates — help me forget regret.



Taking photos for this blog helps me forget regret.










Forget regret but don’t forget to comment!

I never forget to send a big thank-you to everyone who helps me create this daily blog, especially YOU.


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Day 1894: Prescriptions

In my work as a therapist, sometimes I write prescriptions for people.  I’m not licensed to prescribe medications, so those prescriptions have included

  • Rx:  Keep doing what you’re doing.
  • Rx:  Be kind to yourself.
  • Rx:  This too shall pass.
  • Rx.  One  day at a time.
  • Rx:  One minute at a time.
  • Rx: Follow your heart.
  • Rx: Stay safe.
  • Rx:  Forgive yourself.
  • Rx:  Love yourself.
  • Rx:  Speak your truth.
  • Rx:  It’s safer than it feels.

I happen to have a blank prescription here.


What prescription would you write for yourself, here and now?

My daily prescriptions include writing this blog and sharing photos.














Those Yogi Tea sayings seem like prescriptions to me.

What’s the prescription for the rockin’ pneumonia and the boogie woogie flu?

Prescribed thanks to all who helped me write today’s blog post and — of course! — to YOU.





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Day 1871: I love ___ THIS much!

I love the Valentine’s Day card I bought yesterday THIS much.


I love that THIS much because THIS is how much I’m supposed to move my arm with my rotator cuff tear, like a Tyrannosaurus Rex.  I learned THIS much from THIS:


I love my other photos from yesterday THIS much.








Because I love facilitating groups THIS much, I figured out a way to project important topics on this screen in the group room. Because I can only move my dominant arm THIS much, it hurts THIS much to write on the white board.

I love Patsy Cline’s voice THIS much.

I love comments THIS much, so please consider leaving one.

I love expressing gratitude to all who helped me create this post and to you THIS much!!!



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Day 1870: What does CGP stand for?

In my Continuously Generated Posts, I Commonly Get Pleasure out of asking what Certain Generically Positioned initials stand for (like here and here).

For Creative Good Purposes, I’m Collecting General Paraphernalia in Comfortably Graduated Paragraphs of what CGP stands for, including:

#1.  Certified Group Psychotherapist.


#2: Cats Generating Peace.





#3: Cartoons Generously Posted.


#4: Calmingly Great Philosophy.



#5: Cuff Grounded Pictures.



I Completely Grabbed Photographs of the Concrete Ground Passageway where I tripped and tore my rotator cuff two weeks ago, which Caused Great Pain.

#6.  Charming Group Poster.


I’m happy I made it to Certified Group Psychotherapist and I’m happy you made it here (and so is Matt Heaton and the Outside Toys):

Comments, Gentle People?

Citing Gratitude Personally, I’d like to thank everybody who helped me Complete a Genuine Post about CGP today.



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Day 1849: Complications

Even though we all encounter complications every day, I’ve never written a “Complications” post before.

When I was dealing with complications at work yesterday, I drank some tea and saw this simple advice about complications:


I’ve been working on simplicity in my life, but complications haven’t totally left. Indeed, since we gave away many of our possessions and moved to the South Shore of Boston, I’ve been encountering complications finding things I think I need. It dawns on me that this might be a complication of simplicity.

Too complicated?  Let’s move to the simplicity of the other two photos I took yesterday, and see if there are any complications.



I see several complications there, my fellow humans.  Do you?

More complications:  When I was complicating my life last weekend going down internet rabbit holes, I found and took a personality disorder inventory test.   There can be complications when you take personality tests without a professional to interpret the results, so use those tests with caution.  I know I don’t have a personality disorder, but my highest score on that test was on the schizotypal scale, which is a measurement of “social anxiety, thought disorder, paranoid ideation,  derealization, transient psychosis, and other unconventional beliefs.” With the complications in the world today,  I do have some social anxiety, disordered thoughts, paranoid ideation, derealization, and transient psychosis, usually after I listen to the news.  However, I believe those reactions are not that unconventional, these days.

Here‘s “Complications” by Killing Joke:

I’m looking forward to complications in comments, below.

Uncomplicated thanks to all who helped me create this “Complications” post and — of course! — to YOU.


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Day 1844: Everlasting impact

We don’t know how long the impact of any deed, word, or moment will last, including this one:


Sometimes, I fear that a mistake — like a “wrong” decision — will have everlasting impact. I also hope that compassionate, kind, and loving actions will have everlasting impact.

I believe that people can fear AND hope for everlasting impact.

I wonder how long the impact of these seemingly random photos will last?






Lasting readers of this blog might know that I’m someone who loves tea, my work, and  macaroni and cheese. Yesterday, one of my patients brought me A LOT of macaroni and cheese.


I wonder how long that will last?

Here’s music with “lasting impact”:


If you make noise, here or elsewhere, it will have an impact.

Everlasting thanks to all who helped make an impact on today’s blog and — of course! — to YOU.


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