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October's Presence

The last time I wrote in this website was August, and my intention then was to write more frequently...and now two months have passed and I am finally, finally getting to do so. Choosing to do so. Putting all work aside to do so.

For this pandemic/quarantine time is busier than (so-called) "normal" time, though - given what has been developing now for nearly two years is nowhere near what we would have called "normal" two years ago...and it shows no sign at all of settling; instead, the "passports" now being asked of everyone is more like a state of careful war than of safety. Nothing is really settled. Fear rules everyone. And when in history did fear bring about anything but war, slaughter, and death, even of innocents?

An assumption I can only smile at is that - if you are quarantined, what are you doing with all this time? So - here's to say outright that I am actually busier now than I ever was pre-quarantine. The desperation and fear of people means that people I haven't spoken to or worked with for many years are asking now again to connect. Time fills fast. Zoom meetings many times a week are increasing...I am coming to a conclusion of saying "no" for a few months so that I can finish a first draft of my memoir, in the unfinished works these several years. 

But worst of all is the constant and repetitive, hyped voices of media- warning, warning warning, repeating all the worst information from all over the world. Fear and Caution are the only messages of the day. Families are split apart when some who choose to be unvaxed are not only not welcome at family gatherings, but are outright abused by the language of those who think differently.

But there are also voices - strong, positive voices, even among health care workers, who are choosing quietly to act otherwise. I stand and salute them before our whole culture gets drowned in the most fearfilled rhetoric.

God give us all strength. God give us all moments of clear-seeing, balanced and fearless presence. And - most of all - God give us the trust and vision to see all equally, especially those who choose a different path from ourselves.

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24.04 | 21:27

Hi Brenda,
I did some writing this last week.
Here is it. :)

12.02 | 08:41

Hi Laurie, You will find The Choice on

18.10 | 18:29

Thanks, glad you found it here. I think it's remarkable. Holly's grandmother is one of my long and close friends; it was she who sent it.

18.10 | 17:38

Thanks for posting this. I heard it read from Abbey Theatre in their "Dear Ireland" and was hoping that I would find it on the web. I thought it stole the show.

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