(1) The light on the power adapter of my 2015 MacBook Pro has just turned green for the first time in a long time. I’m glad my friend Matt told me about cleaning out the port with a toothpick. I clearly removed a big thingamabob that was in the way of things. Moreover, I am grateful that when I asked the workers here at the cafe for a toothpick, they gave me not only one, but three. Has anyone noticed that toothpicks are hard to come by? I have. Grateful for things that work.
(2) There have been a number of awkward interactions lately when people have responded to my friendly nature by wanting to accelerate a mild acquaintanceship into a fast friendship. On reflection, I realized this is a sign I ought not to be “putting myself out there” so readily. There’s something to be said for a low profile. Grateful for the wakeup.
(3) I’m twenty bucks shy of my $500 goal selling Turbulence piano albums, and I haven’t even released the online version yet. Along with a few other positive happenings, I find myself unusually free of financial insecurities.
(4) I’ve noticed I’m not mad at my church people anymore, and I’ve been enjoying participating in church activities. Tonight there’s a dinner after the Taize service, followed by choir practice. Somehow I no longer feel my presence is any kind of blight, nor am I bothered by the other humans. It’s nice to keep things light and enjoy their company.
(5) Just ran into Darrell, the owner of the recovery center, and had a nice chat with him beneath a beautiful blue morning sky. Grateful for the Latah Recovery Center. Without them, I would not be alive today. God is Good.
“Change your thoughts and you change your life.”
— Lao Tsu
(1) We’re getting off to a great start in the third week of our five week rehearsal period for the musical Pippin. I’m very much enjoying the professional atmosphere at the regional theater company I’ve been so fortunate to have discovered.
(2) It was good having the weekend off. On Sunday I worked with Karlie, who knows all her parts for the three-part harmonies she’s going to sing over herself. Here’s a recording of her singing the low part to the scratch track of Ode to the Universe that I’ve created with my music production software. You can probably see where it’s headed if you use your imagination, and Karlie is a joy to work with.
(3) There’s an Open Mike every Monday night at a club around the corner from the theatre. They’ve got a full length Young Chang concert grand, one of the better pianos I have had a chance to play. They gave me three songs to close the place. I did My Heart Belongs to Daddy, then Cody sang “Hunted” from Eden in Babylon, and finally I did “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” Looking forward to going back next week.
(4) My new therapist is really working out very well. This morning I’ll have the fourth session of the five I committed myself to, and I am really looking forward to it. She gave me a good book called Shame and Guilt: Masters of Disguise and she is in all manners a competent and in fact gifted therapist — quite a contrast to the last three I tried. .
(5) Just letting you know I am presently creating this gratitude list on the new MacBook Pro I got on a $550 steal from Backwater. So far I am having the same experience as when I graduated from the Android to the iPhone. I simply never want to go back and use a Windows machine again. (Guess I’m addicted to the fancy colors.) Grateful for all the good gifts God gives us, in good time.
Every good gift, every perfect gift, comes from above. These gifts come down from the Father, the creator of the heavenly lights, in whose character there is no change at all.– James 1:17
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