I hear whispers in the morning when I wake. Quiet echo’s of dreams, the prior day events gone past and fears. Always every morning a replay of the day before and a thought that perhaps today will repeat or change dramatically. I often wonder how many people wake like this. At the close of each night I try to wipe everything from my thoughts. I try to think of each new day as a new slate and a new beginning. I spoke recently with a friend that said he never sleeps more than four hours a night and then it’s broken sleep. He said his events of the day and things that he could get or should get done yet keeps playing through his mind and no matter how hard he tries he can’t get to sleep. I recommended to him that he perhaps should try meditation or some tea before bed and explained to him that he needs to remind himself that there is nothing that can be done about any of these things in the middle of the night. I feel for him because the body does really need it’s rest to function properly. I don’t think I’m reaching to say all my friends probably think my mind is warped. I say some of the most off the wall things and something someone says can have the most strange effect on where it sends my mind. I’m always forever more hearing songs from something someone will say. An example of this is a girl at work said something the other day about her boy and the old song “Let’s Hear It for the Boy” started playing through my head. Just like that with one little word a whole song and me trying to get it out were stuck up there. I also often wonder who is feeling exactly the same way I am at any given moment or who has thought the same thoughts or felt the same way. Did you ever wonder when you were a kid if you were the only person on the planet that was human? Think Aliens had abducted you and were living all around you because you felt so different from everyone else? I’ve never quiet felt like I belonged much of anywhere which is why I’m glad for my multi-colored, multi-talented and much loving set of friends fell into my life. If we’re going to play one of these things isn’t like the others I want to play to win. Just kidding but they do help me with their diversity I feel to grow as a human being. They help me to see that differences are not a threat but a good thing. I was listening to the Pat Miller Program the other day and he said he thought Dick Clark should have stopped being on television and stepped aside after his stroke because it made him feel uncomfortable. Not because he disrespected Dick Clark. I have no doubt from the way he spoke he had great respect for the man, but because he remembered him the way he was. I think Dick Clark did exactly what he should have. I tried to call the show but held for too long and gave up. By doing what he did Dick Clark showed the world that he wasn’t going to let life pass him by handicapped or not. He wasn’t going to sit on that rocker and just give into life. He wasn’t going to let people see him whipped by a circumstance he had little control over. He wasn’t going to hide in shame or cower in the corner or just give up. I think he did step aside for the most part, but no Pat I think he did as he should. Perhaps our kids won’t remember, unless we help them, the Dick Clark we knew when we were young but what they will have seen is a man who didn’t shy away from the camera because he made people feel uncomfortable. He didn’t let life beat him and he didn’t let people who might mock him stop him. So I’ve felt the odd one in the crowd before for many reasons and I wanted to hide. He gave strength in his way of handling it to many and he will be missed. Good night Dick Clark until you count us down again.