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They called again at 5:15 this morning to see if I would work. As it happened, I was lying there listening to NPR and thinking about saying "yes" if they called, so it worked out good all around.

I had an interesting and challenging assignment--two people who were both quite sick and a complex ethical issue thrown in for good measure. It was exactly the day I needed to get me interested in working again--difficult, challenging and intellectually stimulating. I liked the day so much I volunteered to do it again tomorrow.

My work friend Holly took time out from her busy day to remind me that I have value and worth. Oh ya.

If I hadn't worked today, I probably would have written a post about what I was doing when I heard that John Lennon was shot. I was smoking dope with my friend Mark in Newport Beach. And yes, it is one of those moments indelibly etched into my memory. I still have all the newspapers from the day after, and a couple of copies of the Rolling Stone that came out a few days later. I also have a box of cassette tapes from the radio that night--Jim Ladd of KMET in Los Angeles sounding dazed and confused as he tried to make sense of what had happened.

I might have also done one of those year-end memes that provide some sort of insight and closure to the year. The abbreviated version would read:

1. I traveled great distances, both geographically and emotionally.
2. I learned a lot.
3. I met many good people.
4. It was a year of both joy and heartbreak.
5. I wouldn't have traded this year for anything.

I'm reading The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd. She captured me in the third paragraph when she wrote, "...my life went spinning of into a whole new orbit, and I mean whole new orbit.

Oh ya.
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