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Dear, dear friend:

I hope your wildness is always there as well as your hope and love and caring and wisdom. Happy birthday, and may one day we get to meet and embrace face to face.

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The good folks at LJ are having problems putting in a image -- BUT


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May all the patches of your life this year make a beautiful quilt.
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So here's the deal with my children -- son and foster son. Son is scrambling to find a new job as all government jobs in his field are frozen.


My foster son in Africa, Abou, wants to hold off on his studies, having gone to train with the mganga (i.e., the witch doctor) and now wanting to continue in his studies with him. At least there has not been any request for more money.

And really, don't you think it's sort of interesting that of all the people to sponsor anywhere in the world, I end up with a witch-doctor-in-training?
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Happy sun

May all your days for this year be sunny and bright.

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Everything in my life is like a hush right now. The medical record reviews continue, but those needing transcription work are fewer -- as if they are part of the collective national breath waiting for the election to see what is going on.

With Mike, that is certainly true. Germany is put on hold as budget cuts loom in the civilian contractor community. He does not know where he is going. Will it be Germany? Will he find another job in Hawaii? Or will he put aside his dislike of the Midwest and try for (gasp) Kansas? And then there is Darya. She is Ukrainian born and now his fiancee, but will his intelligence standing be jeopardized if they marry -- their fate is in the hands of unknown organizations.

Finally there is Abou, who disappeared into the wilds of north Tanzania to study with the mganga, a.k.a. the witch doctor, who was supposed to be there for only 2 weeks which has now stretched to 4 and NOBODY can get ahold of him to see if he is dead or alive. The Tanzania bush there is without phone, let alone internet connections. Will he come back in time to take his language test to see if he will go to France? Or will he stay with the mganga?

So many questions now. At least my knee is improving. I am "swimming" twice a week at a local gym, basically walking against water since I was scared into doing so with the knee threatening to give way. And as it get stronger, I can return to more and more gardening. And THAT is the only area that I seem to have any control over right now.
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May all your life be a wonderful part of the dance.
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I stand by my past posting that change is here, the center does not hold and we just have to hang onto our hats, street lamps, or dive into shelters

BUT - meanwhile:

Here's some old but good chuckles for the day, much beloved by people like Winston Churchill in good-er old days:

1. Where there's a will, I want to be in it.

2. The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on my list.

3. Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright until you hear them speak.

4. If I agreed with you, we'd both be wrong.

5. We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public.

6. War does not determine who is right - only who is left..

7. Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.

8. They begin the evening news with 'Good Evening,' then proceed to tell you why it isn't.

9. To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many is research.

10. Buses stop in bus stations. Trains stop in train stations. On my desk is a work station.

11. I thought I wanted a career. Turns out I just wanted paychecks.

12. In filling out an application, where it says, 'In case of emergency, notify:' I put

13. I didn't say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you.

14. Women will never be equal to men until they can walk down the street with a bald head and
a beer gut, and still think they are sexy.

15. Behind every successful man is his woman. Behind the fall of a successful man is usually another woman.

16. A clear conscience is the sign of a fuzzy memory.

17. You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive
-- twice.

18. Money can't buy happiness, but it sure makes misery easier to live with.

19. There's a fine line between cuddling and holding someone down so they can't get away.

20. I used to be indecisive. Now I'm not so sure.

21. You're never too old to learn something stupid.

22. To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit the target.

23. Nostalgia isn't what it used to be.

24. Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.

25. Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you
a car. Amen
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May all your days be bright.

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