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small calendars pack a huge wallop: so many events documented/memories triggered by cryptic notes in these small spaces. grateful for life-long habit of documentation. goes back to 1st diary at age 10. instinctive with you & has served you well.

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Dominant Hand: I sort of feel curious enough to read my old emails & notes just to honor my [business] endeavors. But sigh: not exactly cheerful.

Alternate Hand: curiosity is better than depression! couldn’t find niche but not from lack of trying. some fear of what you might discover because you were in varying stages of hunkering down. easy to miss signals & hard to be objective when that happens. could maybe pull 1 file & see how reading it feels.

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Dominant Hand: Strange, strange times & zero leadership. It’s like Herbert Hoover being president during the Depression instead of FDR.

Alternate Hand: absolute catastrophe & getting worse. doesn’t sound like people understand major changes are coming but they seem inevitable. go for a walk, dear one.

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Dominant Hand: If I hear from her again I’ll tell her I listen [to NPR and BBC] partly to honor the sacrifices being made. I’m incensed by the way the pandemic’s been mismanaged but the repercussions need to be heard & heroes & victims acknowledged. Tuning out seems incredibly selfish.

Alternate Hand: know many people who’d disagree with your belief. certainly have the right to govern their own lives. but willful ignorance allows for dangerous outcomes. history’s filled with stark examples. ’it can’t happen here’ has proven to be a fallacy over & over. don’t know answers but feel obligation to be aware & informed. the least – and possibly most – you can do now. also imperative to find & share joy.

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have always been haunted by history’s tragic stories. get angry at others’  arrogant indifference about them: why stories are doomed to be repeated. feel country and world are in very dark time now. so easy to slip past the tipping point.

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one of the things you read last night was the Gettysburg Address. it’s always somehow soothing to read Lincoln. he wrote with such straightforward simplicity & earnestness. determined to speak truthfully, with lyrical prose as a result.

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Martin Luther King was like Lincoln in gifts of writing & speaking, lead by principles & strong beliefs. all sorely missed these days.

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[Reading Amor Towles’s wonderful A Gentleman in Moscow]: wanton destruction of people & the treasures of their history. but also reading of their resilience. reaction to despair can lead to destruction or regeneration. a choice, as is everything.

      

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