Monday, June 16, 2003

A few friendly responses to my colleagues:

To Jim Stewart: Thanks for the kudos on my graveyard post. A little encouragement goes a long way. I pulled way back on my Memorial day comments -- trying to stick to the facts and a reflection or two -- but somehow, for you at least, the emotional stuff I deleted came through anyway. Less is more -- more or less.

To Dan Bammes: Your recent posts continue to provoke me. I often tend to either/or, all-or-nothing, black-and-white thinking -- usually to my detriment. So since I've been trying to spot these distortions in my own thoughts, I've seen them elsewhere, too...

For example: Why not let both a man-made statue and a divinely-created mountain peak say their own somethings? There's no touching the peak, but if I needed to do some hands-on sculpture or just enjoy some mere human's attempt, I wouldn't hold myself or them to mountain-creation standards.

Anyway, Dan, thanks for sharing your journey. Keep fighting, my friend. Dex sounds like a fairly ruthless regimen, so I'm glad your treating her as a potential teacher and not just an unpleasant drug.

Found while looking for something else: Helen Keller's birthday

"Many people would be more truthful were it not for their uncontrollable desire to talk." --Edgar Watson Howe


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