Well, how about that. I'm 57 today. I certainly have some thoughts and feelings about that. Mostly, I'm grateful to have a lot of great friends and family who love me. To have activist work that I'm passionate about. To live in a beautiful place with a huge progressive community that loves to dance, make art, sing, plant and fight together for a better world.
I've exported my 11 email list for the first time in years. Partly, because I wanted a refresher of who you are and to parse some people off my business list who I'm pretty sure are not here for that. My two biggests lists are the 11 and my Albertideation list - both around 5,000 people. I have about 100 different lists. Some people receive 1 email a year - some many more than that :)
Right now I'm sitting at the dining room table - all around me is green. This house was built in 1894 and has some beautiful colors; lots of knick-knacks and out the windows are trees and plants and rain. I took myself on a shopping spree the other day to buy more houseplants. I'm particularly interested in purifying the air. I bought an arabian jasmine that sits next to me and is in bloom. How magical.
It's actually the day before my birthday, but I already feel the birthday magic.
, a wonderful juice bar down the street sent me $8 for my birthday which I used for a smoothie. I've been hearing from friends and I've created a bubble of freetyme for the past while that has given me a chance to do some Spring cleaning and pause. I'm still affected greatly by my friend,
's passing. It's been a long time since someone's death has affected me so much. The impact has had a lot of tentacles. It's encouraged me to make music more - one part of that is creating another list - one for people who live in Portland who might like to play music with me. (if you're interested, write back :). It's renewed my passion for caring for my personal health. It's made me more contemplative about what's really important - like, is all of my neighborhood activism on social media via Nextdoor really that important? I've got quite a reputation thanks to various campaigns I've waged (and am waging) - but much of this is led from the laptop, vs. being in peoples' actual company. Ben's death also has me thinking about who is really important in my life and ways I might tighten bonds that have frayed. Thanks for listening as I figure all this out :)