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Good morning, Netizens...

Somehow I saw this coming, which is why it is an integral part of both last night's and this morning's reverie. I admit I have an open, respectful, non-sexual love for Dr. John Olsen because he understands and does not fear the custom of abrazo I inherited from living in the Southwest United States. Abrazo is the the lost art of embracing someone with both arms and a pat on the back regardless of gender, and it implies a friendship that is like a deep-flowing river that chuckles at itself as it wanders by our doorways.

The first of these litmus tests for the type of friendship that John and I have known in our relatively-short time together is that we do not have to agree on virtually any topic you'd care to name. He and I have already discovered places in our hearts where we disagree on various issues, but rather than waste our precious few hours of life left on this earth, we move onto topics where we, by chance, agree with one another, and simply move on and part from one another with hearty abrazos.

One of the core values John possesses which I admit I find incredibly alluring is that he believes in unconditional love, which he practices without ceasingly, but especially for his beautiful daughter, Britta, who was married last weekend in the San Francisco Bay Area to another woman. When he asked me to post a picture of he and his daughter and her spouse, I didn't hesitate, and in retrospect, I would do it again simply because, in my opinion, regardless of gender issues, any celebration of love is a good thing in this increasingly hostile old world we call home.

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