† ... the journal

The Guest
Refrigerator Door

The next magnets belong to the fridge of my friend Olivia

* Discussion *

What do you think about the Salvation Army situation?

Talk about it here.

Read the forum that was banned by one reader's office computer because it has "sexual content." I must be having more fun than I thought!


The Hammer of Eden
Ken Follett

(I bought this in the Houston airport!)



Pictures from the TLS part of the Cincinnati trip are now up at Steve's Club Photo page.
Photos of our visit with my goddaughter are on MY Club Photo page (called "Lyke Visit").

That's it for today!


18 July 2001

The entries I made from Cincinnati seemed so rushed. I always felt I was cheating myself out of sleep by pushing myself to stay awake until 3 or 4 in the morning to put out a journal entry, so I just plopped any old thing out there.

Today I slept until 9:30--by any standards thatís an incredibly long time! Itís noon Cincinnati time, which is unheard of for me, and even on California time, itís very, very unusual. In fact, Walt got himself up, made coffee, and left for work and I never heard a thing, though I was practically sleeping in the kitchen.

People sometimes think weíre nuts, running all over the world to either a production of The Last Session, or to one of Steveís appearances somewhere. But the fact of the matter is that amazing things happen, bonds between people are made, and even though I hate giving Steve a bigger head than he already has, the man epitomizes "making a difference" in the world. Itís a heady narcotic and you kinda just want to be there.

He talked, at the party on Saturday afternoon, that the "magic" which occurs, the "magic" of The Last Session is the magic of people who connect with each other, who reach out to each other, who love each other, who care about each other, and who carry that concern, love and caring back home with them after the weekend is over.

My favorite moments this weekend were moments of "connecting." One of the most special was meeting Sarah for the first time. Sarah and I have corresponded throughout the past year and Iíve worked with her on some things she has written. Sheís a hospice worker and her views on life and death are very special. We had never met before and bonded instantly.

Sarah stayed with us in the home of Martha and Gary, our hosts, one night. Also staying was Michael, whom I met at my very first TLS weekend in Denver in June of 1999. Weíve seen each other off and on over the intervening years, but this week end we had several days to just be together and talk in depth. That was so very special. Michael and Sarah also met for the first time and became very close. My very favorite memory of the weekend was giggling with the two of them on Saturday night until 3 a.m.

Another very special thing about the weekend was watching Walt and Gary spending time together. Walt doesnít have close male friends outside of work and I never ever see him just getting together with another guy. But he and Gary hit it off very well and I loved watching the two of them chatting all weekend. Perhaps Garyís avocation, as a ventrilloquist, helps him put people at ease. Whatever it was, he definitely hit a chord with Walt.

And, of course, at the heart of the whole weekend was the show and watching Steve in his element, whether on stage in the lead during the performance, afterwards at the "talk back" with the audience, or during the party at Gary & Marthaís, when he played and sang and then talked to all of us about the importance of his friends in his life--and in his continuing to fight this disease.

Itís things like this that encourage us to buy the tickets and fly all over the country to keep seeing the same guy singing the same old songs over and over and over again. And over and over and over again. And again. And again. And again.

(The man needs some new songs :) )

Thanks, Steve, for being such a good catalyst to keep us all "connected to each other."

And thanks, Martha and Gary, for providing us with the stage on which to allow all these little miracles to take place! You guys are the greatest!

One Year Ago:
Little Green Apples

Some pictures from this journal
can be found at
Club Photo

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