Living the Good Life

It stopped raining late yesterday. The wind died down, and there was an incredibly beautiful sunset last night of pinks and rose gold just glowing in the sky. Of course, I was in the car, so couldn’t get a picture of it. But I did get to see it, which is what’s important. In true Florida fashion, it is going to be around 80° and sunny and 0% chance of rain for the next week. I think winter is really about over here, lol. My kind of winter!

Last night we were supposed to have a fundraiser for the Veterans Art Center. It was targeted, meaning, it was a reception for those who decide about non-profit donations for Humana Insurance. It was attended by Grammy nominated B. Taylor who is the Global Ambassador of Music and Entertainment for the U.S. Military, Veterans, First Responders and their families.

However, the Humana people bailed at the last minute. I’m not sure of their reason. However, we didn’t know, so my friend who is curator of the gallery and I went, and we were able to meet and talk with B. Taylor one on one for about 20 minutes to a half hour. Luckily B had a number of other functions to attend, not the least of which was a meeting earlier in the day with Congressman , Gus Bilirackis who is Vice-Chairman, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. Apparently our project, the Veterans Art Center, is considered a prototype project and will be studied for grant funding by this committee.

I actually was a little selfishly glad that the Humana people didn’t show, lol, because I was able to actually get to know this man a little. His enthusiasm, combined with his commitment and his ability to articulate is amazing. This morning I listened to his Grammy nominated song from 2012, and even though hip-hop and rap are not my thing, I actually liked this. It has a message, about 1 life, which is a movement which I believe he founded, and aligns perfectly with the mission of the Veterans Art Center.

My sister and brother-in-law are coming here today. They have to pick up my brother-in-law’s daughter at the Tampa airport, so are coming here for lunch first. We’ll go to their favorite restaurant for lunch. Looking forward to that! Then I have open mic night tonight, which is always fun. My friends and I will plan when we’ll get together to read through our friends play, while we are enjoying the evening.

I heard from L yesterday, he called. It was nice to actually talk to him. He didn’t have a lot of time, and wanted to call back last night but I had the fundraiser so he said he’d probably wait and call today because he was still exhausted from his travels, lol, and was going to bed early. I think when he calls we’ll be making some plans. I’m looking forward to that.

I’m happy to have good things to focus on. Things that are immediate in my life. Not so much the political stuff lately. That still bothers me, but it’s good to step away from it for awhile and see that life still goes on, and it’s still rich and full.

Love and light, everyone.

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