January 5: Romeo & Juliet at the Mahaffey Theatre. Dancers flutter by; we gaze in wonder, we clap. How many died an ocean away?
January 12: African-American Gospel concert at the Peace Memorial Church in Clearwater. Amazed, heartened by the voices, the message. No thought of a silent enemy gliding towards us.
January 30: The Dunedin Friends of the Library Reception and Book Sale. Blithely sipping, snacking, snapping up words. A total lack of gloom. No talk of doom.
February 4: Taco Tuesday at the VFW. Perched on mile high seats, drinking, munching, laughing. Oblivious to the war raging across the sea
February 14: A day of celebrations. Dining & dancing at 'Bon Appetit'. The moon glitters on the gulf. A toast to our good fortune, our love, our good health. Will this not last forever?
March 9: At first distant - too far - we lack imagination. But it is here, not far, roaring towards us.
March 15: 'Beware the Ides of March'. Remember Caesar who said when warned: "He's a dreamer, let us leave him. Pass." Incredulous as we are we say: hurry, hurry home before they close the border, before the beast knocks on our door.
March 31: We're safe -- for now, barricaded behind our doors. Quarantined.
Our t-shirts read:
LIVING THE DREAM
Caesar's dreamer foretold his demise - what does our dreams say?