I am grateful for the time I smoked pot on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial …

I am grateful for the time I smoked pot on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial with a guy I had a crush on in college…even though he turned out to be straight.

I am grateful for my beautiful home, which often leaves me breathless when I think about the miracle of how the entire thing happened.

I am grateful for my gigantic mouth, which, like so many species, I use to keep myself safe.

I am grateful for electricity, heat and water. Without Project NOW Community Action Agency of Rock Island, I would not have any of those things right now.

I am grateful to God. Without Him I have nothing.

I am grateful for the handful of weird gigs I have had since last June that did not work out long-term. At least they paid for my medical cannabis for a while.

I am grateful for the St. Pius Food Pantry.

I am grateful for the sun, the stars and the moon.

I am grateful for the air I breathe, and that it is fresh enough to breathe.

I am grateful for sugar.

I am grateful for marijuana.

I am grateful for broccoli.

I am grateful for cheese.

I am grateful for strawberries.

I am grateful for coffee.

I am grateful for my parents. I feel their presence right now very strongly even though they both are dead.

I am grateful for my neighbors.

I am grateful for the mothers and fathers of old childhood friends, who know I am telling the absolute truth even though they are hurting too and have no idea what to do.

I am grateful for my education.

I am grateful for my writing abilities.

I am grateful to ALL VETERANS.

I am grateful for HONEST cops.

I am grateful for Peter Boykin, founder of Gays for Trump. Peter’s views mirror mine and if it were not for him I would feel like a complete and total pariah. Peter is running for state office in North Carolina. You can support him by clicking here.

I am grateful to the Log Cabin Republicans for exactly the same reason I am grateful for Peter Boykin. However, the Log Cabin Republicans is a tad bit too “establishment” for my taste. I’m sure many straight Republicans feel exactly the same about Paul Ryan, however.

And I am grateful to Abraham Lincoln. I always have been a fan of Lincoln, even as a child. And honestly, that moment on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during college is just about all I can think about right now.

And I live in the land of Lincoln, and I am grateful for that, too. Because in the end, the state has been NOTHING BUT GOOD TO ME throughout this entire ordeal of the past five years.

However, that nobody is in prison for what happened to me is outrageous. I suspect the FBI is working on it.

What are you grateful for? Are you angry today? List out 10 things you’re glad you have. Maybe you’re staying at a homeless shelter right now, but you are glad you are out of that terrible man’s house.

In times of trauma, reflecting on gratitudes such as these truly can life you WAYYYYY up. Once you’re lifted and your outlook changes, the world around you will begin to change, too.

The state of Illinois REPEATEDLY has saved the day for me. I’m beginning to understand a thing or two about Illinois state politics.

Maybe Illinois isn’t so bad. Maybe not even SOME of the Democrats who are among the most despised of the despised.

Until next time.

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