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Thursday, November 22, 2012

It's been a long time since I cooked a dinner like this--did most of it last night, roasting the turkey at 225 degrees in the oven when I went to sleep and waking up to a cooked turkey--along with what you see in the picture there are potatoes, turkey rice soup, made from scratch cranberry sauce, gravy and a fresh salad--come on down there will be plenty of food left over !

We all have many things to be thankful for but every Thanksgiving (and many times over the year) I am most grateful for people who have added to my life and are no more with me physically--I know they are my Guardian Angels looking over my shoulder every day of the year--though YOU may not know them they are a part of my family and I would like to share them with you. During the 80s I lost many friends due to AIDS but now as I am old I am losing many of them to natural causes from growing old.

I miss Layde. She was fun and a great supporter of mine not to mention donating many hours to editing my books and, many times, my thoughts. We met in Tennessee and a few years later she moved to Dallas with her sister Nina and Nina's partner Jean. She was always there for me with a joke or a shoulder to cry on. And though we weren't close I miss BJ.

Due to age many people here at Gateway have died. Too many.

They may just be names to you but along with many others they bring a smile and warmth to me whenever I think of them and I often do. I hope Ladye, BJ, Liz, Anita, Robert, Bob, Jack, Frank, Michael, Mike and Carmen get to say hello to:

Albyn (heart attack), Flo (cancer), Joe (stroke), Ginny (cancer), Ronnie (heart attack) Bob B. (heart attack), John C. (AIDS), Tom L. (AIDS), Ray B. (heart attack), Buddy (AIDS), Michael Mc (AIDS), Joe (heart attack) Bob/Dr K (heart attack), Vinnie (heart attack) Robert I. (phenomena)--just a few of my Guardian Angels!!!!

Here's also a piece of my heart for all those young people in their teens who have suffered and died from AIDS because their parents and adults don't care about 'kids' nor do they want the government to spend money on helping them. I miss, and remember, each one of you.

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