Thursday, September 17, 2009


I wish I had a good Pema quote to write here, or something really profound to say. I'm very much in the "one day at a time" mode right now and grateful for all the friends who are seeing me through. I have a few friends coming over in the next couple of days to help me pack. I took a long walk in Central Park today because it helps me to stay calm.

I just went through the NY Times' website and got agitated again. The banking industry is still a mess, the health care debate seems to have gone into total insanity (thank you Glen Beck.) I started reading Matt Taibbi's blog and I want to continue reading more of his work. He's an investigative reporter for Rolling Stone. A friend introduced me to his work, so I've started reading his blog.

Mary Travers and Patrick Swayze died in the past few days. I remember the first time I saw "Dirty Dancing" - I was pregnant, I think. It was one of those movies I went to alone in the afternoon. I forget which theater it was at, maybe the Paris? Anyway, I remember getting so excited and when the movie was over, it felt like every woman in the theater was totally turned on. I don't even remember if any men were there. I've probably seen "Dirty Dancing" at least a dozen and I could watch it a dozen more. There's no plot really, just really great dancing. He was a wonderful dancer.

And who didn't love Peter, Paul and Mary?

Several friends have told me recently that they are thinking about separating or have already separated from their partners. I feel for them. The emotions are all over the place - fear, anger, relief, excitement, loneliness, sadness, grief, loss, happiness. Dear friends I haven't heard from in a long time are showing up for me and I'm trying to show up for my friends who are taking this difficult step. I guess that's the sweetest part of life - the love and support we give each other in troubled times.

I am filled with gratitude for all of my friends. I don't know what we can do about Glenn Beck or Rush Limbaugh, except hope that enough people in this country are too smart to fall for their manipulations and lies.


anniemcq said...

I've had to stop reading the paper momentarily. My job is so stressful right now, and there's something really scary happening in our neighborhood now that I can't really talk about, so to add to it by listening to the minions of Glenn Beck makes me feel like I'll have a stroke.

Love you, dear friend. Hang in there.

Mia said...

Robin, you have made a practice of being there for your friends. You've taught us how to show up when we're needed. Now you're reaping the benefits of your good teaching!