Looking forward to the holidays (with Love and Happiness)

This is my time of year.  55 years old, and I still love Thanksgiving and Christmas.  These are times when love, understanding, charity, and support are at their utmost.  Yeah, it’s commercial, but it’s good commercial.  We need it.  I need it!  I love and need all of you.  I’m so thankful for all the support, continued life, and just being a part of the world, enjoying the good parts and sharing the tough parts together.

So many things are happening in our individual and collective lives.  I hope things get better for the world and our nation.  Too many senseless killings!  So much trouble facing Obama, mainly in his work.  The government shutdown was certainly something.  I hope ObamaCare helps people and turns into something good.  People need health care and security.  It doesn’t look like he’s going to be able to do much more, except manage emergencies and crises when they happen and support people during these times.

I think due to racism, the deck was stacked against him.  The Republican Congress and I am sure even some “moderates” believe that he needed to be kept under control.  But I don’t believe anyone should recommend suffocating a president’s good intentions and ideas.  It’s still been a great experiment and I’m glad that we’ve been alive together in the U.S. to experience the first African American President.  He’s been the personification of grace, intelligence, and dignity.  In 2014, we have the opportunity to give him some help to accomplish some more things and get us ready for Hilary.  I’m looking forward to being here and being with you to work this through.

Congratulations to Cory Booker.  I’m sorry that in this year of great accomplishment, he’s lost two of the most important people in his life, who were there to support and nurture.  He’s going to do good things.  He’s been strong, in spite of his losses.  I haven’t been able to get to him, but I’m still in L.A. with Magic Johnson, one of the great people that I’ve met in my life.  It’s amazing how winning and happiness follow his smile and personality.  The Dodgers did some great things this year.  Who knows what’s going to happen next year.  I’m looking forward to the upcoming  basketball season and enjoying the football season as well.  How about those Kansas City Chiefs!

I’ve been feeling challenged in my stomach, but I still have good doctors and good support from family and friends.  God willing, “every little thing’s gonna be alright.”  So don’t worry.  Keep praying for me though.   I’ve also got some friends going through some challenges.  They’re great people, and I know they’re going to be alright.  I hope to be here to support them and love them through it.  God is good, all the time.  And with sunshine, there’s got to be some rain.

I’m still trying to get some nurses that will encourage and support me getting out and being with my people.  Hope to do some of that during the holidays.  Would love to see some music.  Look forward to seeing my boy Wynton again.  He just had another birthday, and he keeps accomplishing so many things.

Looking forward to seeing people at my place if I can’t get out to see them, and looking forward to staying in touch with all of you.

Thanks for reading me and loving me.  I’ll be in touch.

Much love always,
DJ

Thanksgiving 2012

The holidays are here again. I’m so thankful to still be here and stay in touch with my family and friends. It’s been a good year. There have been many people who’ve been good to me, as always. Things have changed a bit. Those of you that know me know that I like getting out, seeing my friends, and enjoying local activities. Right now, I’m in the middle of a nursing change. Two of my favorite nurses (who I consider family members also) have had some recent changes. My play sister Natalie is having a baby, so she’s not able to push my wheelchair anymore. We’re very happy for her and Mike. My other older sister, Alma, is feeling back pain when she pushes my chair. So I’m looking for replacements who can take care of me and keep me mobile. Please pray for me.

I’m so thankful for so much in my life. Looking forward to spending some time with Baron and his family for Thanksgiving, and hoping that my parents will be able to come to the West coast for some of the Christmas break. They had some water damage in their basement from the hurricane, so my dad’s busy trying to replace things and get the house back in order. I realize that’s important to him, but I hope he can take some time to spend some of the holidays with me, Wayne and the boys. They were so blessed not to have as much damage as they could have had in our coastal city. It’s going to be a while before things get replaced and renovated back there. My family are community people, so like many others, they are concerned with the challenge of trying to get things back to normal.

I’m also thankful that my friends on the east coast suffered minimal damage, relatively speaking. Nature’s a funny thing. It can be so unpredictable. We tend to take it for granted. When tragedy strikes, it’s wonderful to see people banding together to help one another. That’s energy that we should all share in and try to generate to insulate us from the unpredictability of the future.

So many of you have to know how happy and grateful I am that people voted for Barack Obama. We still have some difficult things ahead with the unemployment situation and our economic deficiencies, but I am positive that Obama is going to do everything he can to use our governmental system to make things better for the middle class, which is the majority of people. I know that the tax situation is going to be detrimental to some folks and some of the entitlement programs we have are going to face some changes. But I trust him to “disperse” the pain and responsibility as fairly as possible. I’m just so grateful to be living during his administration. I’m hoping that we will vote as responsibly in 2014 to give him some more congresspeople to help him finish his administration’s goals. In the meantime, we have to encourage the Republican majority to compromise as much as possible to take care of all of our present challenges.

I love you all. I look forward to and wish you a happy Thanksgiving and pray that you all remember and acknowledge those things that you have to be thankful for. There’s nothing more important than expressing gratitude and sharing it with those you love and who love you.

Thank you for reading my messages and responding when you can. That means a lot to me. Pray for my continued health, as I do yours. Stay in touch. Hopefully, I’ll get the nurses that I need to keep me going and I’ll see some of you and be in touch with you in the near future.