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Hold on to what you must do even if it is a long way from here.
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Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2003 - 3:04 a.m.

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Buck up and DO SOMETHING

Now I am having the flipside of beating myself up. (You can see why my doctor says I am on the normal side of manic depressive... down up down up... well it's better than all one or the other? non?)... I will now make a list of things I can do, work at, perhaps be an activist on, look into:

*Look into what happens to books that are destined to be pulped: maybe I can deviate them to someplace useful, maybe bring to public attention how many get printed and end up pulped...

*Start a sort of impromptu program on the street... get a costume and just show up and read books to kids on the street or in parks. Maybe do it all over town... just get off the subway and start reading.

*Look into if they ever need a safe shelter to put kids (vs longcare foster homes) late at night: that would jive with my weird hours... when other people would be sleeping/disturbed

*Move stuff in my studio so I can teach in the back part

*Call up the kids whose names I already have who would be interested in getting taught art... maybe start with one on one instead of a class.

*Put up bookshelves to accomodate excess books in my house

*Call up the School for the Blind and at least look into volunteering

*Give my name to the school next door as a volunteer adult if the teachers ever need help with art classes/reading to students/ extra help tutoring math etc

*Call Concordia about journalism/ photojournalism classes for the winter session

*Look into getting a First Aid, CPR diploma

*Start doing that sort of kamikaze book drop off thing where you buy a copy of one of your favorite books, sign it "to whomever finds it" and leave it in a public place

*Clean out the basement and backyard (all that wood from the replaced balconies is still there

*Start working on a new comic so I can have something to sell at APE in San Francisco Feb 21-22, 2004 (David Kelly has offered to share his table with me...yay! Cartooning buddies!

*Start working on a list of questions to use to interview infertile women in preparation for a book on infertility in single women and lesbians.

*Perhaps make a webpage to start getting women to interview through the net

*Work on comics about my infertility as well as writing notes, that I could include in such a book

*Prepare a workshop on that to present to women at Michfest next year

*Maybe suggest on the Michfest BB to get together Dommes to present sm workshops at Michfest next summer

*Get ready a package to approach fertility treatment centers in Berkele y and San Fran when I go there in Feb re such a book

*Put some links to things I support, such as the Elephant sanctuary and the Chimpanzee refuge, on my website and diary

*Make a business website

*Think up some new fun perfomances so I'll have some other different pieces to present when people ask me to do something

*Maybe set up in the front of the livingroom better so that I could do more massages

Well, that is quite a list to start with. I don't know what is wrong with me that I start acting like if I am not Ghandi or Mother Theresa I am a BIG NOTHING!! geebusbegeebus

Anyhews, there is another book I want to read... it is called "Hope Dies Last" and it is a series of interviews done by this 91 year old guy, Studs Terkel. I had no idea about him, until I read a review of his new book in Harper's last night. And then today, in the new Onion, there is an amazing interview with him. Very very cool.

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