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  • Expecting one of your stellar stories, Ray, I click on "The Black Dot" expecting to hear more escapades of my favorite Cowbird character.

    No, here is a starkly real serving of some messy and unavoidable pain and grieving. I listen, I hear you clearly, and I know there is nothing I can do, nothing anyone can do. My heart is hurting for you, the tears are falling here.

    Sometimes there is just the crying, the staring blankly in acceptance of what we never thought would be ours to accept when considering the quality of acceptance theoretically.

    Those times our only solace is the sharing of it, the standing shoulder to shoulder to prop each other up so the winds of unwanted change do not blow us completely into oblivion.

    I cannot tell you how honored I feel to stand on your row, Ray.

    Written in response to one of Cowbird author Ray Neighbor's posts about living with cancer.
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