Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, whatever seasonal greeting turns you on. I’m an atheist. I don’t really care what or why you celebrate. If you need an excuse to be around friends and family and be cheerful in spite of shitty weather, I can’t think of a better one. Be happy if you can possibly manage it. Even if you don’t think you can, try. You might surprise yourself.

I’d be lying if I said that the holidays are my favorite time of year. I don’t know when they stopped being, and I’d probably rather not remember right now. Despite that, I can’t manage to be bitter about Christmas on Christmas Eve. I guess some part of me is still 8 years old, giddy with anticipation, the dawn pregnant with possibility. Even knowing what my “big gift” is well in advance and most of the rest, I still find myself a bit restless. It’s just infectious.

I’m with many people I’d like to see tomorrow, and far, far from others. No matter where you find yourself, talk to the people who are important in your life. Tell someone that they’re important to you.

I guess what I’m trying to say is, regardless of what you do tomorrow, I hope it makes your life a little bit better than it was yesterday.

It’s World AIDS Day again.

Today is World AIDS Day. I used to get pretty excited about it. Not happy excited, but I got all energetic and motivated to change the world. I was a one man awareness campaign.

I’m not entirely sure what changed. I got busy. I got tired of feeling like nobody cared. I got tired of the people who do.

What’s left to say? Be safe. Take care of yourself. If it’s important to you, tell a friend. If you don’t know about HIV and AIDS, get educated. Or, contact me. I’ll gladly tell you what I know, and show you where to learn more.

I can’t save the world, but if I help someone and you help someone we can come a little bit closer.

Organizing Photos

I was digging through folders on my laptop looking at things that really should be organized and stored on my desktop, and among them was the depressingly small number of photos I took this summer. I felt like sharing one with you. I quite enjoyed it.