Get Married (At Least Once)

John, sounds like you're in a good spirits and writing like you're enjoying it again. If you would, please email me. I know our last meeting was not a good one, but that was so many yrs ago. Let me admit I am a different person now. It's been a long time and we have both been through things that have made us change, weather we wanted to or not. I have good memories about when we played together. Ken Minahan [email protected] Rick Charts would also like to hear from you. [email protected]
— August 4, 2010 10:03 p.m.

Life as Workweek

John, don't take anyone's opinion of what you should or shouldn't do! Including the doctor! You have lived your life the way you wanted. You did what you wanted and you have to pay for the trip! But that's a hell of a lot better than not living your life the way you wanted. To have been controlled by others will, rules or power. As artistes we look at and live life with a different perspective. It's from that view of life that you can create what other can't, won't or are afraid of! Would your life be any different if you had been a Father Knows Best clone? No we all have to die, no life style guarantees immortality! One day I woke up and realized that I had less time left than I had already lived. It was a wake up call and from that moment I knew I had to milk every second out of the time I have left. John , if you really want to drink yourself into the grave, do it! If you find pleasure in it, more than writing, family, friends or whatever, do it! Because in the end we go alone! So as long as you don't hurt anyone else, it's your choice on how and what you want to with your time left. When it's my time their going have to take me screaming, hollering and scratching from this place, even though I have lived my life to the fullest, out lived friends, relatives and my body. I used it up and have taken advantage of everything life has had to offer, because I am afraid to die! It's not the heaven/hell thing, reincarnation or whatever! No! It's because I don't what to stop living! I know how to deal w/this, I don't know what's after and if it is just nothing I really want to stay here. I'll never stop being excited about living! We are on the finale page of the last chapter of or lives and it's up to you how you want that last paragraph to read. I just wanna' make sure the last sentence reads "He lived a long and full life on his own terms!" Chok dee (good luck in Thai) Ken Minahan
— April 8, 2010 12:59 p.m.

Loosening Family Ties

John, we are all a product of our families, education, the decades we grew up in, the people and life we have known. In your writing you have found your life's work, a testament to who you are and your immortality. We all pay a price for our art. It would have been interesting, had you continued in music, to have heard the poignant verses you would have written. I am sorry for many things, one that I didn't get to know you better in the short time we played together and, among too many other things, not having the command of the written word, that you are blessed with. It's hard for me to express how much I knowledge I have gained about you, the person I didn't know, and tell you how much I enjoy reading your views and comments on life, after discovering TGF. I am living in Thailand and have not had much luck here finding your books, but next trip to the States I will try to locate them. Good luck with the rehab,I will miss your TGF while you clean up,I look forward to reading them each wk. Just remember you have people out here,that you never even considered friends or family, that are part of your life through you work. Ken Minahan [email protected]
— November 13, 2009 1:53 a.m.

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