“It is an act of violence to begin anything,” said Sagittarian poet Rainer Maria Rilke. “I am not able to begin. I simply skip what should be the beginning.” I urge you to consider trying that approach yourself, Sagittarius. Instead of worrying about how to launch your rebirth, maybe you should just dive into the middle of the new life you want for yourself.
                              –Astrologer Rob Brezhny

Aint it the truth? Or, as the Governor of South Carolina is reported to have said to the Governor of North Carolina at half-time of one of their yearly football rivalries, “It’s been a long time between drinks.”

Such as it is, and it’s big enough, right here, right now, I want to do a SHOUT OUT for all the kids, because that’s what they are to me, who protested and demonstrated and marched and–dare I say it?–occupied against Viet Nam. They bring tears of gratitude to my eyes. In large part they turned this beloved juggernaut of a country around and got us out of that damned war. God bless them all, God keep their sleep, God warm their ancient, aging bones.

I sat out Viet Nam. My life was too imploded. I read the newspapers and watched TV, and somehow it didn’t get through. I cared as much as I could–and action scared me. Such certainty scared me. Such righteousness scared me. My father scared me. No way I could take on the President and the country. I don’t feel good about this, and that’s all right.

It’s in the context of Occupy that I’ve been thinking these thoughts, revisiting these memories, thanking my friends who were out there so many years ago.

This time, count me in. I’m going to occupy my heart as far as it will reach for this country and its people that I will not let go of without a protest. I’ll do what I can. As I saw on Facebook this morning, 99 to 1 is pretty good odds.