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Saturday, June 15, 2002
I don't mind getting old. I want to get old. Slowly, of course.

I just don't want to be so tired.

I have been taking
karate, specifically Tae Kwon Do, at this local Dojo run by Carol Middleton. The Dojo was recently reviewed in the Washington Post.

Just got my white belt a couple of weeks ago. It just gets harder and harder. Warmups take almost an hour. We're soaked with sweat by the end. Then we practice traditional techniques. Soaked again. Then we practice self defense. Again, soaked.

I'm getting stronger, more agile, more flexible, more aware of my body. I have better hand-eye coordination, or maybe I'm just paying closer attention. I'm learning -- again and forever -- to be a beginner with a beginner's mind.
posted at 2:31 PM
Friday, June 14, 2002
Yes, the old career is moving along quite nicely, thanks.

My first
Photo Credit appears in the magazine this week. I got the cover photo (in print and on the website) and two on the inside of the print edition.

My byline has been appearing now and then on some daily web items, mostly rewrites of press releases like this one. Not a big deal, but I'll take it.
posted at 10:49 AM
Thursday, June 13, 2002

by Wislawa Szymborska
Nobel Laureate 1996
(Translated by S. Baranczak & C. Cavanagh)

Just because many of her preferences are like mine is not enough reason to praise this poem. That it does not scan like 'Trees' nor yet like some Poundian Canto — this is reason to pause and consider it. That her ideas are made clear in simple language (whether Polish or English, I do not need to know), this is reason for praise and wonder.

posted at 5:30 PM
Wednesday, June 12, 2002

J___ & A___ are back from Healing Touch at Chincoteague.

The sunrise was so beautiful on day 1 that A___ insisted J___ join her for it on day 2.

Completely different visual phenomenon. J___ thought it beautiful. A___ was disappointed that it was not the same. . . . until she realized that all of life is like those sunrises.

Each day a new, etc. duh.
posted at 4:23 PM

Censorship = Bad
Freedom = Good
See Anita Roddick
posted at 2:20 PM
Tuesday, June 11, 2002

Pride Day
The Gay Pride parade in Washington, DC was on Saturday, the 8th. Here's Phil's comment:

What a Stud!

Before the parade Clark talked with me, a straight female friend and a gay male friend. After Clark walked away, I turned around to my two adult friends who had transformed into two children as excited as if it were Christmas morning and they couldn't wait to find out what Santa had brought. With eager anticipation, they chorused in stereo, "WELL?" I laughed. Still excited, but now with some irritation, they chorused in stereo, "WELL!" And then back and forth with, "Yea, come on and tell us." "Oh, what a stud!" "So who gets him?" "So tell us, which of us has a chance with the gorgeous guy."


I'm one of Phil's friends. His female friend and I got to walk behind Phil in the parade. She carried little toy shovels to give to kids on the parade route. I carried a sign for Phil's completely altruistic project: "Scoop the dog [Phil's costume -- stunning, by the way] says scoop your pet's poop!"

posted at 12:40 PM
Monday, June 10, 2002

First Day
Today is June 10, 2002, my sister's x-ty2nd birthday. Also Founder's Day for Alcoholics Anonymous. And it is the first day of my own personal weblog. Let's try this and see where it goes. Will anyone see it?
posted at 5:07 PM


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