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1 January 2023

Walking. Germantown.
Stretching. Rolling. Apartment.
The New Year – Death Cab for Cutie
Katie McMahon – The First Day of the Year
New Life – Brianna Lea Pruett
New Generation – Nemaska Community
A Brand New Me – Aretha Franklin
New Beginning – Tracy Chapman
New Redemption Song – Over the Rhine
New Time & Age – Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers
New Year’s Day – U2
Turn over a New Leaf – John Lee Hooker
New Year’s Luck – Kiha & The Faces
What’s New – Harry Pickens
You Make Me Feel Brand New – Roberta Flack
How Can I Keep from Singing – Little Window
At the Door of the Year – Jim & Jean Strathdee
La Dessalinienne – Haitian Troubadours


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Bad dreams

Weighed in this morning – not as part of the Biggest Loser but simply to see what the last week or more had done. Was pleasantly surprised to find a gain of only 2 pounds. Ate too many pistachios and protein bars.

But did get to the gym for 2.08 miles on the treadmill and made 10,906 steps.

The movie today at the cardio-theater was The Incredibles. Not a bad movie, but I misread the sign and had anticipated Casino Royale. So I used my iPod and started listening to The Hobbit. Bilbo has now gone to bed after listening to the dwarves talk about their adventure. Bad dreams plague his sleep.

This evening I watched Shake Hands with the Devil. It is the story of General Romeo Dallaire who commanded the United Nations forces in Rwanda at the time of the genocide. The forces were badly understaffed and inadequately supplied. They also had a mandate that did not fit the situation.

Dallaire was not perfect as a commander. But he did more than virtually anyone else. In a situation where the entire world failed the people of Rwanda – ignored the people of Rwanda – turned away from the people of Rwanda – Dallaire tried. He saved thousands, yet remains forever haunted by the hundreds of thousands he could not save. His command failed. But it was set up for failure. Dallaire continues to wrestle with guilt over the nightmare – guilt that nearly consumed him – guilt that is not shared by those who bear far more responsibility, those who created the conditions for the failure, who carried out the killings, who stood by, who looked away – by the genocidaires, Belgium, the Catholic Church, the UN, the United States, France.

Ten years after the genocide, the attitude of the Rwandans is summed up in these words: “We’ve come to expect nothing from the world and the world never disappoints us in that way.”

Will the world do better in Haiti? I pray so.

I also watched Richard III with Laurence Olivier. He too was plagued by bad dreams.

Tomorrow (or today since it is well after midnight) I drive to Nashville.

May you sleep well. May I sleep well.

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