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BigDlittled in Jersey is doing 26 things including…

find ways to recognize the buoyancy of change

16 cheers


BigDlittled has written 36 entries about this goal


ex’s best friend
is the partner to my best friend
both are great
she has warmly welcomed in the new
she says to my ex
“it’s hard not to like her”

ah, it comes at you in different ways

it’s tides, i say to myself
and enough time inbetween the varying differences
that you forget
change is a comin, you get settled in
and it doesn’t stay for a set time
and some things stay set for a long time as well.
didn’t sleep well last night
and i think i will be ok tonight
smashing accident on a busy four laner and
kept replaying it’s trauma in my mind.
everyone unhurt but it lingers
more compassion for soldiers and those facing difficulties out there
hoping that they too can come around and get to feel strong again


got the travel grant from the school, finally

I am going to Cuba! this summer
culture, education, old cars from the 50’s and a cigar
now, can i get her to go along with me
i really want that too, should i ask the school if they would sponsor my girlfriend?

my cousin Lloyd died

and things just keep rollin along
the older we get
the more funerals we tend to go to
and the closer comes the concept


first date
meet at the train station
then go to Bryant Park and talk
high 90’s temperature
here is a shot from this past weekend, a sort of reunion with a place
different climate but similar atmosphere
actually, or coincidentally, we were chuckling about an event that happened soon after we met and were walking to this park,,,she was wearing a skirt, and walked over a grating that shot some air up and poofed her skirt up….three steps later i stopped us and asked it that was a Marilyn Monroe moment. we were later to see some Marilyn memorabilia that night.

finding ways seems not the correct words

floating with it might be better

knowing you are floating

maybe that’s


spent the day in the capitol city together
sitting on benches and waiting
finally finalized our divorce
we kissed

there is so much buoyancy out there

it’s sort of silly
ain’t it?
sink float bob dive breathe hold your breath
put on goggles if need be
check your air supply and submerge if need be
bob on your back

sometimes you can force it

go out there
with the best intentions
or even with an intention you don’t recognize
and snip, catch, collect
bring it inside and see what might happen

“The question is asked in ignorance, by one who does not even know what can have led him to ask it.” Kierkegaard

i don’t pretend to be a Kierkegaardophile, but this quote is worthwhile


fourth grade
with a camera
i think taking the photograph of Celeste was more than anything i ever remember about her. I knew i liked her
but don’t think i talked much, if any, to her.
But i do remember the power of the picture. I do remember the road and walking home and asking her to stop, her friend couldn’t handle it and had to bow out.

BigDlittled has gotten 16 cheers on this goal.


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