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deletedSep 12, 2023Liked by Michael Marshall Smith
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Sep 12, 2023Liked by Michael Marshall Smith

Good take on JB. I grew up in Florida during Jimmy’s singer songwriter days, and his songs spoke to a restless stoner kid. They made me want to go out and meet characters and have adventures. I must say having “why don’t we get drunk...” as your wedding song is an epic choice. Obviously, a fun, goof of a song but also a little sly. Even the first line, “I really do appreciate, the fact your sitting here”, summed up the self deprecating humor. The object of his affections overarching attribute was that she was available.

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Sep 12, 2023Liked by Michael Marshall Smith

We will check out that charity. Thanks

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Sep 12, 2023Liked by Michael Marshall Smith

Loved reading about both things. And 100% agree with how important creative outlets can be for mental health, or even health in general.

I never would’ve imagined how helpful writing would be for me. But I don’t know if I would’ve even started had I not had the unstructured time during the pandemic. Space and time are huge barriers to creative endeavors, which are too often undervalued. PoetsIN sounds like a great way to meet people where they’re at, offering that space, time, and support — but without pressure.

I would love to see more creative therapies incorporated into traditional healthcare. They might be helpful for people experiencing almost any kind of chronic or challenging health condition.

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Sep 12, 2023Liked by Michael Marshall Smith

I once saw Jimmy Buffet play live, by complete coincidence, at a hotel bar in Waikiki (when I was at UH for a research semester, looong time ago in 2002). I was simply sitting on the beach close by, with a few recent acquaintances, all surf bums, who were appalled I'd never heard of him before. We had our beers hidden under a beach towel, and listened in for free from beyond the hotel area's fence. And then, halfway through, he announced a pal would join him on stage for the next song, and it was Bruce Willis! ... In any case, the concert, as well as the entire 5 months spent on Oahu, to me represents "living in the moment" and "enjoying the good stuff life throws at you", which helps build a reservoir of stuff to look back on when you're feeling low. So in a way, this rambling comment is about both your topics :)

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Sep 12, 2023Liked by Michael Marshall Smith

That’s a great, positive, life affirming post. Thanks.

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Sep 12, 2023Liked by Michael Marshall Smith

So many great Buffett lyrics feel like short stories to me, sometimes even a single verse, like "Well now if I ever live to be an old man/I'm gonna sail down to Martinique/I'm gonna buy me a sweat-stained Bogart suit/And an African parakeet/And then I'll sit him on my shoulder/And open up my trusty old mind/I'm gonna teach him how to cuss, teach him how to fuss/And pull the cork out of a bottle of wine" or "Tried to phone from Paris thinking things could be arranged/Me and you would rendezvous but I found your number changed/So I drove to San Remo where the crazy painter dwells/Toasted our old photograph still up there on his shelf."

PoetsIN sounds wonderful, and thank you for supporting mental health!

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Sep 14, 2023Liked by Michael Marshall Smith

Not sure if I've ever heard a Buffet song! Will give him a whirl. Many of my US connections on LinkedIn mentioned him.

PoetsIn sounds right up my street so thanks for the heads up!

Just as a point of order, I've only had two posts from you over the last few weeks. Are you busy with life or am I not getting the feed?

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