So here is a man lying on a bed of nails with five grown women stacked upon him.

Here is some flaming skeeball:

Women with fire on their hands and heads (and a belly dancer):

A lady on some nails with some concrete on her belly:

How was your New Year’s Eve? Mine was pretty OK…luckily, the parts I don’t like, I don’t remember well. I was told, once, that where you are @ midnight forecasts your coming year…so I made the deliberate choice to stand amongst some of the finest, most talented and kind burners I know, in hopes that silly superstitions hold some merit. Not to mention, two of whom I spent the most time with, at Burning Man – and they like me, they really like me!  I hope I learn to fully accept people liking me. I really am growing too old, to be insecure and sad and lonely all the time, don’t you think?

Lessons learned: try to be like the cool kids all you want, you never will be; stop being so afraid to talk to people!

Most people are other people.  Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.  ~Oscar Wilde

All the knowledge I possess everyone else can acquire, but my heart is all my own.  ~Goethe

Horrible lesson learned: I am old. It now takes a full day of sleep and then some to recuperate from staying up all night. Egads. I’m terribly grateful to the people I was with, who took the time to interrupt my maudlin-g self-pity/doubting to say, “No, stay! Please?”

Stay I did, to make hoops

and frolic and eat tacos and swing on trapezes and SSSS-aaaa-ffff-ee-t-y dance and a few more of my favourite things.

Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive.  ~Anäis Nin

But oh! the blessing it is to have a friend to whom one can speak fearlessly on any subject; with whom one’s deepest as well as one’s most foolish thoughts come out simply and safely.  Oh, the comfort – the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person – having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are, chaff and grain together; certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then with the breath of kindness blow the rest away.  ~Dinah Craik, A Life for a Life, 1859

A true friend unbosoms freely, advises justly, assists readily, adventures boldly, takes all patiently, defends courageously, and continues a friend unchangeably.  ~William Penn

You don’t choose your family.  They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.  ~Desmond Tutu

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