October 31, San Mateo, CA: I was very close to letting today go by without a picture. Mom suggested to me recently that when days feel like this one, its important to remember and write down what you are thankful for. A short list: friends who truly care and are more than willing to listen...repeatedly. The courage to be open. To be honest. A job. And a ticket home for the holidays. I look forward to three things. Putting the past in a constructive place, so I can access all the lessons without experiencing all the pain, regret, and guilt. Deciding to commit to something completely. And, finally, executing. I'm still working on item 1. But time will work it out. I should be thankful for that, too.