(1) Just got the second dose of the Moderna vaccine, about two hours ago. Fulfilled my civic duty, and we’ll see what happens. No fluish symptoms as of yet. Grateful for this leap onto what will hopefully be a new and better stage.
(2) Walking into the cafe, signs of new beginnings are in the air. People wearing masks appear to be smiling. Customers are less isolated and more chatty. Had a couple meaningful conversations with strangers — two ladies I’d not seen before — who gave two different accounts about reactions to their vaccinations. Sat down in my favorite venue and composed this gratitude list. God has been good to me today.
(3) Got a nice compliment on Bridging the Gap from a staff member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (AKA Ashland) — someone whom I haven’t talked to since 2004 (ironically, the year most referenced in the audio cast.) After dispelling the immediate fantasies that Eden in Babylon might be produced at Ashland, I realized that two people who usually don’t comment have made appreciative remarks toward that single talk. That means it’s probably useful, and I pinned it to my Twitter profile. Glad I dug it up — hope it helps.
(4) Because yesterday was Cooper’s last day, we recorded five of his songs back to back in the sanctuary. Liam engineered the recordings and will have them ready, he says, by Thursday. All were done with piano only, and most included five back-up singers from the team. Though it’s difficult to lose Cooper, I’m grateful we used his last day wisely. (Besides, you never know — he might come back someday.)
(5) Yes – definitely – new beginnings are in the air. I can feel it. It’s all around me. It’s a beautiful day in the city of my birth. I am somehow where I’m meant to be — where I belong — for now.
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