January 1st, 2005

Hopes For The New Year

Good things will happen this year. Last year was fraught with some stuff that was less than stellar, some more than others. I learned a lot and grew more than I thought I could. I've begun to feel older, to really feel my age, and I'm closer to being happy than I ever knew was possible. I never thought I would live past 30, so it's a really profound and excellent discovery.

New layout coming soon, I feel the need to make things light and clean. I'm going to get more things accomplished this year just for myself, I'm going to take more time for myself, I'm going to make my body look like I want it to look.

I told Damien on Thursday evening that there was no one I put before him, and that no one I loved more. I told him that I was giving up on tradition and what is expected, giving up on that for what rules we decide for ourselves and throwing the door wide open. This just feels like our time now. I love when the world gets a glimpse of what I see in him, I love being reminded how lucky I am to have him, and I am. I am very honored and humbled by his love, it's extraordinary.

The icon I'm using was made from pictures taken one year ago today, it felt appropriate.

I will be a better man this year than at any time before in my life, and it will all be a product of me getting rid of baggage. Some stuff we hold on to out of nothing but habit, the emotion ran dry a long time ago and that was the motivation to hold on in the first place. For those things, it is time for a ceremonious burial. Once grief becomes second nature, like breathing, it is time for it to be dismissed for something else. It is just time.

I will be writing a lot more this year.
I will be composing and creating all sorts of things.
I will challenge myself and continue raising that bar whenever I can.
I will share myself more and make more time to let people who are precious know that they are.
I will spend more time with friends here and in Atlanta, and I will take countless photographs to document everything - significant and insignificant.
I will encourage others to let go of fear and all of the negative energy it produces.
I will create happy surprises for others, and leave small amounts of money around for others in public places.
I will take more time to show the children that they are the most beautiful, intelligent, and precious things ever by worshipping them and celebrating them every day.
I will not associate or give my time to energy vampires, those people who end up sucking your energy dry - intentionally or not.
I will celebrate beginnings and endings, and find the value in both.
I will set an example by saying no to fear, and will not allow myself to feel afraid, and will encourage others to do so as well.
I will not be stressed by anything I have no power to control or input to change.

Happy Birthday to my baby boy Cole, who turned 8 years old today. He may not look it much these days, but he will always be my baby boy.

If I'm lucky, I've inspired someone who reads this and challenged them to seek their own truth and share it with others.
  • Current Music
    Lovers In A Dangerous Time - Barenaked Ladies

Not One Damn Dime Day - Jan 20, 2005

Not One Damn Dime Day - Jan 20, 2005

Since our religious leaders will not speak out against the war in Iraq, since our political leaders don't have the moral courage to oppose it, Inauguration Day, Thursday, January 20th, 2005 is "Not One Damn Dime Day" in America.

On "Not One Damn Dime Day" those who oppose what is happening in our name in Iraq can speak up with a 24-hour national boycott of all forms of consumer spending. During "Not One Damn Dime Day," please don't spend money.

Not one damn dime for gasoline. Not one damn dime for necessities or for impulse purchases. Not one damn dime for anything for 24 hours.

Please don't go to the mall or the local convenience store. Please don't buy any fast food (or any groceries at all for that matter). For 24 hours, please do what you can to shut the retail economy down. The object is simple. Remind the people in power that the war in Iraq is immoral and illegal; that they are responsible for starting it and that it is their responsibility to stop it.

"Not One Damn Dime Day" is to remind them, too, that they work for the people of the United States of America, not for the international corporations and K Street lobbyists who represent the corporations and funnel cash into American politics.

"Not One Damn Dime Day" is about supporting the troops. The politicians put the troops in harm's way.

Now 1,300 brave young Americans and (some estimate) 100,000 Iraqis have died. The politicians owe our troops a plan - a way to come home.

There's no rally to attend. No marching to do. No left or right wing agenda to rant about. On "Not One Damn Dime Day," you take action by doing nothing.

You open your mouth by keeping your wallet closed.

For 24 hours, nothing gets spent, not one damn dime, to remind our religious leaders and our politicians of their moral responsibility to end the war in Iraq and give America back to the people.

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