Gulf Shores

Gulf Shores
Photographer Patricia Gulick

Sunday, March 19, 2017

3/11/17 RMB Let Humanity Win

3/11/17 RMB Let Humanity Win

Dear Rita Mae Brown,
Today I saw a Facebook post on the internet. I’m not sure who the original author was, but it includes a wish that the words be shared. And I feel they are important words, good words to share. Here they are.

"For all of you who aren't sure, it is possible to be gay and Christian. It's also possible to believe in God and science. It is possible to be pro-choice and anti-abortion.

It is equally possible to be a feminist and love and respect men. It's possible to have privilege and be discriminated against, to be poor and have a rich life, to not have a job and still have money. It is possible to be anti-guns and still believe in one's right to defend one's self, family, and property, it's possible to be anti-war and pro-military.

It is possible to love thy neighbor and despise his actions. It is possible to advocate Black Lives Matter and still be pro police. It is possible to not have an education and be brilliant. It is possible to be Muslim and also suffer at the hands of terrorists. It is possible to be a non-American fighting for the American dream.

It is possible to be different and the same.

We are all walking contradictions of what "normal" looks like. Let humanity and love win."
(The author is encouraging copy/paste if you like. If you share, only our mutual friends will see the post.)

To whoever wrote this I thank you for your words and for allowing us to share them in our corner of the world. 

May Humanity Win,

Thursday, March 9, 2017

3/9/17 RMB Shining Brightly

3/9/17  RMB Shining Brightly

Dear Rita Mae Brown,
The Sun is shining bright in San Diego, our little corner of Southern California and it feels like something worth celebrating!

A dear friend who has endured multiple hip and leg surgeries marches out with her walker to once again begin rebuilding her strength, defying age and pain to do so. In a recent message, before dawn one morning, she said she was heading out to take her walk and “help the sun rise.”

Having been one to share many a conversation with my friend the Sun, I know the assistance and appreciation for our daily light is well noted. We can all use a little help now and then, the Sun included.

I hope the Sun is shining brightly on this spring day for you too.


Monday, February 13, 2017

2/13/17 RMB Valentine Adventure

2/13/17 RMB Valentine Adventure

Happy Valentine’s Day Rita Mae Brown,

Plans were cast for a Valentine weekend of work and fun. After loading my car to capacity, okay maybe over capacity, at 7:30 am on Friday morning, I pointed the nose northeastwards. All went quite well for the first hour.

That’s when the check engine light came on. I pulled over can called my most excellent mechanic. “If it’s running okay, I’d keep going and bring it in next week.” He said.

For good measure, I went to Autozone, who he said would printout an error report for me. They did. He still could not pinpoint the problem sight unseen and gave the same advice as before.

It ran okay for the next hundred or so miles. Along the way, my cell phone died. I carried on. I managed to complete five of my eleven stops. Darkness fell and, even though my work was less than halfway done, I headed to Teddy’s to begin my weekend visit.  

Within a mile of her place, the car ceased “running okay”. But it got me there. And once there, in the shelter of her home and friendship, all was well again. After trying a different charger, the phone even came back to life!

The next morning, we loaded my deliveries in her car and spent a wonderful Saturday driving from 29 Palms to Joshua Tree, Indio, Palm Desert, Palm Springs and back again. This wasn’t how we planned to spend the day, but I greatly appreciated her transport for my work.

Sunday afternoon we enjoyed a performance of the play Almost Maine by the Hi-Desert Playhouse. It was a romantic comedy, full of wit and delightful dialogue. The acting was superb. Dinner with friends at The Saloon held a special treat, as the cast and crew filed in behind us for their closing night dinner.

It’s Monday now and I should be back at my desk in San Diego. Instead I marvel at the way some work can be accomplished from a hundred miles away via the technology of our time.

I await word on my car, while enjoying being “stuck” in an extended weekend among friends. In the middle of our chaotic world, with mechanical, electrical and humankind issues, I pray for the best for every one of us, near and far.

All my best,