In between day

Thu, Mar 05 2009 | 12:12pm

Today is Thursday and that is all there is to say. Instead of thinking of creative things to write about, I find myself continually stopping to look at the header of my website. My friend described the picture as heavenly, and I feel that is an apt assessment.
I remember taking that photograph. I had just returned home and caught a view of the glorious sunset outside my living room window. It was quickly disappearing, but I was able to grab my camera and jet out to the balcony just in time. San Francisco may not be as warm as Orange County, but the clouds and the fog create numbingly glorious sunsets. The sky is beautiful. I find myself grabbing my camera phone in an attempt to capture the colors and the jumbles and the lines and the collage, but my phone never gets it right. Sometimes I go so far as to text or call friends, simply to tell them to look up.
I still have nothing new to write, but I do have a recommendation. When you are walking to the bus stop or shivering under your hoodie, take a moment to take it in. We are so lucky to live in such a gorgeous landscape.

Union Street

Mon, Mar 02 2009 | 4:04pm

I was walking along Union Street last week when I passed a homeless man begging for change. You have probably seen him around, too, if you ever walk along Union. He is one of the few homeless in the area, and in the summer, his skin blisters into a mauvey-black. He is tall, lanky, and has a dreaded afro. I mean that his afro is mixed with dreads, and not that he has a hairstyle that I fear. One eye looks at you and one eye looks just behind you; I presume he was born this way. He does not appear to be crazy, nor does he appear to be dangerous in any way. However, he is not always clean and as I mentioned before, his hair is matted with dreads.
I don't know if I should offer to cut his hair. With dreads like his, clippers would be needed and his scalp would be more than sensitive. I don't want to be presumptuous or offensive or uppity. We smile at each other, engage in small talk sometimes, but we do not have the sort of relationship where I would be comfortable offering a free service. An intimate service. What would he think?
So I keep smiling, and I don't step too far out, and then I walk away wondering.

Time to be thankful

Tue, Feb 24 2009 | 9:09pm

Things have been changing. The evidence is all around us, whether it be the economy, the warnings about global warming, shifts in our political empire, or anything else new or different requiring adaptation.
Fear, depression, stress, and anxiety are common emotional states plaguing us in our everyday life. With all of the bad news piling up, it is no wonder there is a hue of negativity threatening to shade our existence.
Let's fight it. Let's fight the negativity and the fear. The time has come to change our attitudes and the attitudes of those in our lives. Let's support one another, love each other, and be thankful!
At a hair forum many years ago I attended a business/leadership building class that had an amazing educator who was very inspirational. One thing she said that has always stuck with me is this: Every night before you go to bed, think of one thing that day that you are thankful for.
Such simple instructions! And yet, not always easy to remember.
I would like to add to the challenge. In addition to thinking about things we are thankful for, I propose that we think of people we are thankful for, and then TELL THEM! Tell them in person or via email or in a letter, even.
Let us support one another.
We have so much to be thankful for, and I hope we don't forget.

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