Day 1370: I’ve never seen you like this before

The Year(s) of Living Non-Judgmentally

Now that my  heart valve-replacement surgery is behind me, people are saying, “I’ve never seen you like this before” for different reasons, including these:

  1. I have new scars,
  2. I am even more in love with my wonderful and care-taking boyfriend Michael,
  3. I’ve got a cool new heart robe I’m wearing,
  4. I’m dealing with new levels of pain,
  5. I’m crying at strange times,
  6. I’m less patient with people than I usually am,
  7. I’m taking new medications including Coumadin/Warfarin, and
  8. Something major like open heart surgery tends to change people, doesn’t it?

Yesterday, my long-time friend Eleanor — who has seen me in many ways over the years — said, “I’ve never seen you like this before” when I got  angry and upset with an abrupt hospital administrator whom I needed to get past in order to my blood tested for another INR level. I’ve decided I never want to see…

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My Diary: The Sadness Found In Silence

Gerald's Rather Strange Diary

June and I woke up on a foreign beach in a corner of our bedroom.‭ ‬I had become naked during the night and had begun to evolve gills.‭ ‬June meanwhile dressed in her old clothes but promised to find out a pair of wings for our visit to a pimple of greenery on the nude back of town.‭ ‬Thinking of stretch marks on a Greek goddess I rolled to town inside a clock that had last told the right time before the breakup of Pangaea‭ ‬-‭ ‬I remembered the moment exactly.‭ ‬June had to stand two dining chairs on top of each other so she could cook on the ceiling.‭ ‬She spend almost the whole day looking down on food‭; ‬I had said I would look up to her but had forgotten to bring my glasses‭; ‬wearing instead a map of the dark side of the moon‭ (‬which I read…

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Does a Bad Guy Have To Be Evil?

James Harringtons Creative Work

I’ve heard this one before and the best answer I can give is… no. The bad guy or villain in a story does not necessarily have to be evil at all. When Chancellor Palpatine said that goodness is a point of view in Revenge of the Sith, despite how self-serving his remark was, he was actually right on many different levels.

There are actual philosophies out there that good and evil are actually just varying degrees of one another. Where one person may say that what they’re doing is for the greater good, another might call it the lesser evil. In the end, good and bad in many cases are largely based around one’s own morals and values.

Let’s look at a few examples, shall we?

From one of the greatest literary classics, Les Miserables. Javert is the bad guy. There is no getting around this. He is the chief…

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