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"Some are rock, some are water," the Dream Guide said. "Most are a bit of each."

"You mean the rocks don't change much?" I asked.

"Right," she said. "Call it stubbornness, call it integrity, call it whatever, but those who are mostly rock just barrel through life expecting everyone else to change around them."

"And water?"

"You might call them pushovers, you might call them adaptable, but as living things, we all react to the environment around us in some way. That makes up our water component."

"So how does this apply to me?" I asked.

"I'm going to show you how to strengthen your rock components. I'm going to teach you to believe you have a pen in your pocket, even when you don't."

"How is that helpful?" I asked.

"Bear with me." She held up her hand. "First you start with doubt. You can't feel a pen in your pocket, so maybe there's nothing there. Then you just assume it's there. And we start building castles in the sky."

"So we're…

Is this what freedom tastes like?

Is this what I taste like?

For the first time in twenty years I am free from all artificial colours, flavourings and sweeteners.

I feel anchorless. Light. I'm not sure yet if I'm balancing my bike without the training wheels, or skidding across the waves with no ballast.

No SSRIs. No hormones. Nothing…



I spent a week in NYC once and I wore a black felt hat. I wore it everywhere. It was windy, and wearing a hat was easier than trying to keep my hair fixed just so.

One night I went to a comedy club, a setting where you expect a fair amount of fairly good-natured ribbing. Especially when you insist on wearing a hat.

“Look who’s here, Debbie-fuckin’-Gibson.” Debbie Gibson was a pop star in the ‘80’s who wore a hat like mine. And that…

News for Noders

July 1: Brevity Quest 2018 begins!

July 1: Canada Day.

July 4: America Day.

July 7: Alice’s Day (AKA Alice in Wonderland Day).

July 17-22: Hemingway Days; party central is Key West, Florida.

July 31: Harry Potter's Birthday.

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