As you may already know from reading this blog, over the past few years, I’ve fallen hard for three guys, actually, four, if you count U.S. Senator and presidential dream Bernie Sanders, and five, if you count my father who kicked it off by getting sick and dying.
I am lucky. My Dad was rock-solid, my first, good guy. I loved him. He was stable, he was calm. He didn’t always understand me, but to my great good fortune, he accepted me exactly as I was. For years, I worried about his inevitable death, until he finally died, and then much to my surprise- my heart grew! I did better than survive. Then, slowly, before I knew it, a motley crew of wise, old men shuffled into my life, rocked my soul and blew my mind.
Poetry is everywhere.
Two of the old guys have since died.
Two out of five guys are radically alive.
I experience the presence of these men in my life as a miracle, a gift that just keeps on giving, and that’s why I have to pay it forward: to weave their humanity, their stories together with mine, and create my version of a 21st century book.
It will be a cross-pollinating story of life, death, the infinity of love and a coven of good men, in which my tenderest of hearts plays a significant role, no less.
That, of course, is the scariest part.
From time-to-time, I will post a little behind-the-scenes of this big story. I’d like to invite you along for the ride, with the not-so-secret hope you will want to consume it when it’s done. I’ve got a year. You heard it first.
As always, your feedback and encouragement uplifts and inspires.
Drawing of Joe by the one-and-only David Dixon.
Photo of Bernie Sanders: Win McNamee/Getty Images
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16 Responses to Some of My Best Friends are Old Men
I can’t wait to read more from you about this exciting new project! Write on!
Thanks, Ez! I’m writing as fast as I can; which is slow.
I love you and your little stories…excited to one day read this “big story”!!
I am busting out BIG and loving it. Thanks for your kind words, Jen. xo
Old guys (and old women) have so much to offer all of us. Well, some get grumpy and old, but some do that, too, when they are young. I think this sounds like it’s going to be a very interesting book. I wish you all the best with the writing, and I look forward to hearing more as it progresses (and of course, the final book).
Thank you so much, Otto. I’m looking forward to sharing more.
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Your book sounds interesting. If it is anything like the short stories in your blog it will be AMAZING! Looking forward to reading it. I love to write also and have two books of my own published: “Revelation brought Down to Earth” & “Angels, Demons, God, and Me”. The latter one can only be purchased direct from me.
You are an amazing writer, don’t let anybody ever tell you different!
From an “Old Man”,
Frank, thank your, for your enthusiasm, much appreciated!
Looking forward to your news and completion.
Lovely! Thank you, Janet.
I adore you and your old men… and can’t help but admit to a teeny, whiny (yes, whine-y) bit of jealousy that you got to have and enjoy such a wonderful father. I truly missed that, and still do. But the heart swelling part, I get. xox
All the best on this magical project. I have little doubt it will be very special!
I feel you, Dawn, and your big, beautiful heart. I am deeply sorry that you lost your father so young and missed out on so many good years together. No doubt he would have adored you! xoxo
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Thank you so much Brenda, that means so much to me. Sorry for the delay in responding, I’ve been dealing with some hard stuff, and haven’t been on top of blogging! I so appreciate your lovely words. xo
I for one am beyond the moon to hear that a book is coming. Very exciting.
Thanks, Susan! It feels damn good to be doing it.
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