equinox sunrise, popham beach, phipsburg, maine

as much as i admire and honor people like elizabeth edwards who so publicly share their journeys with cancer, etc., i wish they would share at least a little of their anguish, anger, pain, sadness, etc. with us. all we see is the brave and courageous face, which i think is inspirational, but a bit of a disservice. people do need to know that life goes on, even with terminal cancer. but we also need to allow the rage, anger, sadness, etc. to be there, in order to be whole. i think people see edwards et al, and think that they have to be strong all the time, and perhaps feel ashamed of their anger and sadness. we need to experience and honor the whole range of emotion, and it would be a great help for people who choose to be so public with their illnesses to share the whole experience.

as we approach april fools day, i’m wondering what, if any, pranks you plan to pull. when i was a kid, every year we’d switch the sugar and salt at the breakfast table, and every year, my dad would put sugar on his eggs and salt in his coffee, and every year, he’d pretend to be surprised and horrified. i’m sure he was happy to see us outgrow it. watching “the office” last night inspired me to come up with an office prank to pull on someone around here. maybe it’s my ms brain not cooperating, but i don’t seem to be able to come up with any good ideas. suggestions?


Author: Stephen

Stephen Harris is a writer, painter and a photographer who lives with his family in Maine.

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