Gratitude Day – May 2023

I hope you’re having a beautiful day. ♡
Today we’re celebrating another JohnnyO Gratitude Day!

This is a 5-minute excerpt of a 35-minute interview by Arnie Carter with John Olander, our first generous poet on Features two of John’s poems, “Hello Fear” and the first poem John ever wrote six years ago, “History Shelf.” John talks candidly about his life on the street, his addiction, what he loves about being a poet, and how he has triumphed since. Congrats, John! Thank you so much.

Transcription below.

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I hope you’re having a beautiful day. ♡
Here’s another light-filled ¤ Gem ¤

Gratitude Day ☼ 28 October 2022

Carol Lee Serendipity

by John Olander

I missed her then, I truly did. I still do. Recovery means so many things and has so many facets. One thing I have learned in my own journey, no matter your stripe or difficulty, helping others helps me.

I had not seen her in a number of years. I certainly did not expect to see her on that day or to have the privilege of the events that would unfold in the ensuing months. I have heard it said, wisely, that you go nowhere by accident. Believe it.

It started with an accident, something happens that changes everything. Tomorrow’s never promised to any of us, or is it?

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