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My brother, Bobby, sent a text message early this morning (apparently from his beach house on Galveston Island, as the message was accompanied by a photo of a beach sunrise) to say he was thinking of me. He called me brother. Bobby is not really my brother, not by blood, anyway. But we are as close or closer than brothers. I've known him since first grade. I love him and he loves me, and neither one of us is afraid to say that to the other. It's pretty cool.
So I go into the kitchen and make a nice cup of coffee, sit down and check my e-mail, and I have a couple of messages from my publisher at Archangel Ink, asking me to rewrite my author bio for the new paperback that is coming out soon, and to send him a photo and another little bio so he can add me to their website's Who-We-Are staff listings, where I'll be added as a proofreader extraordinaire. OK, probably just as a proofreader. Still, very cool. I just finished proofreading my second book for them, with a third already in hand and ready for me to give a final once-over.
They tell me they're excited about the prospects for my redesigned and reissued, "Finding God in Texas." When I saw the cover they designed, I was excited right away, and knew good things are in store. Click here to check it out, please and thank you:
I worked on those two things for awhile, got them finished, then went out and mowed most of my lawn. We've got probably close to three-quarters of an acre to mow, and I'm not nearly as enthusiastic about yard work as I used to be. There was a time when I was out in the yard constantly. Now, it's kinda hit-and-miss. I've still got about 20 minutes of mowing left for tomorrow, AFTER I get home from golf.
When the mowing was done, I cleaned up a little, did some laundry, then went back out front and noticed a big puddle of something underneath my pickup. Just two days ago, I retrieved my 2002 F-150 from the shop, where it underwent $1,456 worth of repairs. I suspect the puddle may be related to something not quite right with that work, but it's really hard to tell. I'll find out Monday, I imagine, after I take it back.
Then, after a nice chat on the phone with the missus, who is out of town on business, I did some grocery shopping and here I am, tidying up my project list, which includes writing every day. I don't think I ever said my prayer today, "God, please help me focus on a positive attitude." I guess I missed that one, which is mostly needed during the week, when I face a few hundred highly undisciplined and untrained 11- and 12-year-olds, along with a very hard-to-figure-out set of school administrators. Staying positive on the weekends is a piece of cake, by comparison.
I did say my affirmation, and I remained positive throughout the day, even when I found the puddle of something underneath my newly repaired truck. I haven't had any real negative thoughts. I didn't play my guitar today, and I probably won't. And the one thing that I still haven't fit into my day so far is meditation. I really need to include that. I believe that meditation can make a difference. I've been told as much, and I think it's true.
Tomorrow, I plan to shoot 78 on the golf course. I just hope that's my score after 18 holes, and not after 16.
Ciao, y'all ...
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“Part memoir, part informative text. You get both when reading 'Depression Blues' by John H. Clark III. Mr. Clark shares his struggles with depression in an honest and real way, and as the book progresses, so does his hope. Woven into the story as jumping off points are bits of information about depression and ways to "conquer" the sadness, loneliness, and despair that comes with it.
Mr. Clark becomes more than an author in this book; he becomes a friend who understands the pain of depression and provides light. I recommend this book to anyone looking for light or to anyone who knows someone with depression and wants to learn more.”
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