The Friendship Strategy

“It’s hard to believe in coincidence, but it’s even harder to believe in anything else.” ~ John Green

“Every now and then a man’s mind is stretched by a new idea or sensation, and never shrinks back to its former dimensions.” ~ Oliver Wendall Holmes

“That’s the thing about magic; you’ve got to know it’s still here, all around us, or it just stays invisible for you.” ~ Charles de Lint

There is so much I could write about this morning that I am tempted to let it all go and space out in front of some cable news panel discussion. Sleeping cat, good coffee. Oh, and those stars. When I first got up and went outside the stars were doing that thing that seems to be unique to this high desert mountain valley in Nuevo Mexico del Norte. Brilliance – plain and simple. Trust me, ya had to be there. No meteors. Otherwise it was perfect. Before I got out of bed, after asking Alexa what the time was, I experienced some serious, temporary pain that made me cry out loud. That’s life. I am paying the price for what has gone before. That’s all. Move along – there’s nothing to see here. I say that with a wry smile on my face. To get serious here, before I wrap up a short post, I will mention that I saw a friend yesterday who is one of my favorites. She’s a lovely woman, straight and to the point, and has a PhD in neurobiology. Her mind alone appeals to me. But there is some rare undefinable quality in her that reminds me that it is okay to be yourself. Imagine that. I have to smile in noting that I’ve seen numerous people get totally flummoxed by intimidation in dealing with her. Flummoxed and angry, all at once. I experienced this the first time I encountered her. But in my perplexity I struggled to figure out how to deal with her, because I pretty much had to deal with her. I decided that making friends would be the best strategy. It worked. That’s an important lesson. I have as a result come to know and love a research scientist. How cool is that, right? Yeh, right.

Peace out, y’all. Goof gloriously.

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