(1) Though I felt very lethargic this morning after oversleeping, I now feel more alive and energetic than I’ve been for several days. Thankful for a good night’s sleep and for a quiet, secluded place where I can achieve it.
(2) Thankful for my bicycle. On the brisk ride to the Courtyard, the air felt fresh and a tad moist as though I were swimming in it.
(3) Free Starbucks coffee at the Courtyard, second cup completely consumed.
(4) Made a new piano CD called Pinnacle. (Link is to a SoundCloud playlist.) I’ve got this idea I can sell them for $10 locally and $15 if I have to mail them to somebody. In fact, if you want one, why not just donate anonymously on the link at the bottom and leave me your mailing info on my contact page? Really, I’m pretty happy with it, and I’m thankful for the church that gave me a key to a building with a Baldwin grand piano.
(5) A third cup of coffee. :)
(6) Although arguably I did not change overnight on my 66th birthday, I rejoice in that according to the United States government, apparently I have changed for the better. Apparently, I am no longer “disabled” but “retired” now. The ironic upshot is that I now can work as much as I want without them chopping my disability check, because it is no longer a disability check, but a retirement check. I may now joyfully join the ranks of all the other blokes who seem to work harder after they retire (no social statement intended.)
(7) Nice video chat with my daughter yesterday. She appears to have a nice boyfriend now, which is a relief. Had a nice chat with him about our parallel experiences with the Boy Scouts. I saw an omelette he made her for “breakfast in bed.” Obviously, he is quite the chef, and treats the lady kindly.
(8) Very thankful for the current close-knit creative, culturally conscious community tucked in between all those tall hills and at least one major mountain. It’s a microcosm. I love this place.
(9) Tuned into CityLab recently, and the wonderful work they’re doing to raise awareness as to how to make American cities more livable and sustainable for all. Grateful for Alastair Boone, and for her strong encouragement toward my lending my voice through the medium of journalism.
(10) The first article for my new column Homeless No More was published a few days ago in the June issue of Street Spirit. There isn’t a whole lot of money in this, but what’s money? I’m just grateful I live indoors, and God has been very good to me.
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