10.20 Butterflies

I want to tell you about a friend of mine that passed away last week. He’s one of the major reasons why I am even here standing in front of you. Our friendship lasted for a decade, and every moment spent with him was significant. I wish I could explain the whole story, but I’ve limited myself to three experiences because the organizers of this event have a strict 7 - 10 minute policy. Okay, I’ve written four experiences, but one of them is short.

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10.19 Wardrobe Consultant

Many years ago, I was not dressing myself very good. I think I do okay now, but back then? Back then you might’ve caught me wearing sandals with socks. And the socks might’ve had holes in the heels. Finally, a friend said, “Look, you’ve gotta do something about all this.” And she made a circular motion with her hand that seemed to encompass my entire look.

I’ve tried different things over the years. Shirts that looked like a bold choice in the store remained unworn in my closet for years. Pants that I thought I could pull off, I most certainly could not. I have a rule - if I don’t wear something at all during the season it is appropriate, the next year I donate it. This has worked to keep my closet relatively sparse.

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10.18 Stories We Don't Tell

Another year, another season of Stories We Don’t Tell has come to a close. We’re officially on summer vacation until September, and it’s time to party. Well, maybe not party, but you get the idea. Really, the summer hiatus has been a great opportunity to take a step back, look at what worked, what didn’t work. Implement and develop new ideas. Let me tell you, we have something in the works that is pretty incredible, and unlike anything that we’ve undertaken yet.

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10.17 The Inbetweeners

This whole thing is going to make me sound old. Mainly because I am getting old and am proud to wear this as a badge of honour, so whatever.

A couple of weekends ago, I went to see a movie, like in the theatre. I don’t think I can ever go and see a movie in a theatre again. I think I’m done with it. I went by myself, which is not a product of me being older and more comfortable with myself and therefore fine with doing things on my own. I’ve always done this - it’s easy, try it sometime.

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