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There is nothing like a good cup of coffee in the quiet of dawn, creating something on the computer, reach out to others. I let the quiet descend into my soul and  it's a time to deeply reflect.

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I am so glad the election's over but the struggle continues against the radical right. But now I feel, well, Obama's the president, let him do his job; I will do my part as a grassroots person,. but no one has to assume the burden of the nation--least of all me. Not even obama, in isolation, because there are millions of Americans supporting is sane and compassionate approach to governing. And it doesn't hurt that he has a sense of humor.

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Well, Lily the Cat is back beside me on her stool. Now, this is a good cat, very loving a good companion, smart for a cat but with simple needs. And soft fur, like a rabbit's, as Linda says.

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Here's a shout out to artists (in the broad sense) out there working not only for themselves, but for others. We may create in isolation, but the intent for most of us is to share our work with others. Creativity is, by its very nature, a social enterprise, a way of sharing novel ways of perceiving reality with the world. In the absense of creativity, a society and culture will stagnate, and the people will become soul-sick--literally.

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Listening to Bob Seger--Bruce Springsteen-Foreigner station on Pandora. That's the kind of music that inspired me back in the day, though I did not fully realize it at the time. "Without music, life is a journey through a desert." (Pat Conroy) Later, I developed a passion for the work of Ronnie Van Zant and still later, Bon Jovi. I went through a "new country" phase. My appreciation of Springsteen is actually a recent development..."Born to Run," great song. My own songs are a mix of folk-country-blues. I like the mix of cultures. I love Seger's "Roll me Away." Of course, there is a parallel to Born to Run. The yearning for liberation, along with the desire to reach out to another, also played out in Van Zant's work, with "Free bird," and the others. It is a universal theme. We desire individuality and autonomy, but we also need that intimate connection with another human being, and the human race.

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Comment by Zanelle on December 6, 2012 at 5:15am

To share invites criticism, which is necessary but it hurts.

Comment by Matt Paust on December 6, 2012 at 8:15am

I do the country thing every now and again, too, Pat.  Keeps me loose.

Comment by Pam Malone on December 6, 2012 at 9:37am

Yes, one poem is a way to slowly repair the world.  One form of activism we can all take now, is to boycott those companies, like Papa John's, that are butting up against ObamaCare.  I like the Cheese Cake Factory, but since the CEO is threatening to "cheapen his product", because of ObamaCare, I may have to look elsewhere for my fish tacos. Keep your eye out for other CEO's and companies, that are trying to obstruct progress.  Especially if they stick it to their employees.

Comment by Patrick Frank on December 6, 2012 at 10:00am

Thanks for the comments.

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