Apologies to everyone for my prolonged absence.
I left home on July 23 with the intent of going on a long road trip that would end with me entering a state of permanent sleep.
I’m home, but I’m still suffering from severe depression.
My doctor prescribed Fluoxitine HCL, which is generic Prozac, but after reading the five pages of side effect warnings (severe depression, suicide….), I decided to work my way out of this on my own.
I need something to do in my retirement years.
I thought I had found it with the San Diego Cactus & Succulent Society as newsletter editor, photographer, historian, and all-around volunteer. Unfortunately, too many people were jealous of what I do and how well I do it. They convinced the Board of Directors, which three of the more jealous ones were on, to ask me not only to resign my positions but to leave the SDCSS completely.
As one person told me, “You are doing too much.”
Another said, “You haven’t earned your stripes yet.”
And yet another said, as he was telling me that the Board of Directors wanted me out, “There are other cactus & succulent societies you can join.”
I terminated my membership. I’m not one to stay where I’m not wanted.
I’ve run into jealous and petty-minded people all my life but not too often in charitable non-profits, and I’ve worked with Red Cross, American Heart Association, Muscular Dystrophy Association, American Cancer Society, Houston Grand Opera, Houston Symphony, San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, and many more.
Now I’m trying to find things to do to occupy my time. I’m working on a new photography web site, getting back to my gardening (now that the temperatures have dropped below 100 effin degrees), and, a couple of days ago, I signed up to volunteer at Friends of Cats on a regular basis for about 10 hours a week.
My first stint for them will be tomorrow at the nationwide “Clear the Shelters” event, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Looking forward to it. I’m pretty sure I shall come home with billions and billions and billions of cat pictures.
Zoey the Cool Cat approves.