Summer is a time for taking trips and making memories.
If you are traveling by car, as 38 million of us will this summer, you may be ticking off the mile markers, eagerly wondering, “Are we there yet?” You’ll arrive tired but excited, barely stopping to unpack before hitting the beach or sampling the local delicacies.
Years from now, you’ll pore over photos that likely will live in the cloud, instead of in dusty albums. You’ll swap stories with your fellow travelers, adding to and embellishing them as you go. If you’re lucky, some of the people you meet along the way will become your lifelong friends.
I’m on a journey myself this year, having reached one of those mile markers in life. I turned 75—where do the years go? As I look back on where I’ve been, and think about where I’m heading, three things have become clear. First, I have passed many mile markers along the way, though a few have only become clear in the rearview mirror.
by Tim Field
Dear Mary Ellen,
I feel worse today than I have in a long time. Not depressed but sad and more and more angry. These are not normal times for me and my community. When I’m not doing well I sometimes force myself to follow my normal routine and this helps. When I’m clearheaded I change my priorities and routines to better fit what I need and what is needed for others. It’s time for all people and agencies to examine their priorities in light of this tragedy.
Don’t feel helpless, do something to help!
There are seven things I’ve read about or thought of – at least one of which anyone can do no matter what condition they’re in:
- Ask for help if you want it. Don’t be shy, stand up for yourself and get help in these times.
- Donate blood. On Sunday, Red Cross Orlando was desperate for three blood types. The Orlando Red Cross director said if you are one of these types go and give blood wherever you are. The Red Cross always needs all blood types all the time everywhere.
- Donate to LGBT organizations. I have donated online to Lambert House in Seattle which serves gay kids and to Equality Orlando.
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