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December 23, 2011

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wow, what an amazing, articulate and comprehensive post! really moving. You make up for less posts by including long ones like this... so much food for thought, but I esp. loved the part about there being struggles, fatigue, healing, and "then there was Paris". I also love the 'friendly / disciplined' self-talk ... congrats on what you accomplished with that. I can brag that I got a little organized this past fall, and instead of collecting movie/book recommendations in 7 notebooks, 100's of scraps, I now have a place where I put them, that I can always find! (an excel spreadsheets with a shortcut on my desktop) -- so I just cut and paste yr movie/book recommendations. Anyway, too long here - Happy New Year. Let's hope we can all stand to get through an election year without losing our sanity!

Hi Elaine, this is Robyn in Australia. I would agree that 2011 was a doozy (ozspeak for pretty awful) and I don't really have a take on it fully. I am glad you have recovered some of your confidence in humankind and very happy to read your words of wisdom whenever you put them out there. Have a wonderful 2012, love and hugs from across the sea.

Enjoyed this and will be back to visit the links! Have a restful and happy year's end and may your dreams come true in the new year, Lainie.

I read every word and was totally absorbed, will come back tomorrow and check a few links but it's late now. I like your self improvement strategy, i shall take it on board next year and see how it fits. I have one that serves me well "start with the known and work into the unknown".
Have a safe and happy Festivous weekend.

Thanks Mark! I just remember that Mom said he wore a cowboy hat - maybe I imagined that? But he was indeed a magician. xoxo

Thanks Elaine, this is a gem and so are you.xo
Mark
p.s. the renegade cowboy is Dr. Duke Cameron. More of a Gandalf than a cowpoke but def larger than life.

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