Beautiful Tom Daley; gloomy morning on the island ….

Hi, friends and readers:

I meant to put up the photo to the left before Christmas, but forgot to, so I’m putting it up today. The model is, of course, British Olympic diver Tom Daley, who is one of my heroes. Back in 2012 Tom won a bronze medal at the summer Olympics. Two years later he came out as gay on YouTube, causing an avalanche of negative comment in social media and the British press, but Tom handled it all with humor and grace. Then he competed in the 2016 summer Olympics and won another bronze medal.

Earlier this year Tom married his longtime boyfriend Dustin Black in a beautiful ceremony.

Good for you, Tom. I am so proud of you, not for your diving accomplishments, but for your courage in teaching us all the importance of being true to yourself, even if it means enduring cruelty and criticism.

Here’s another photo of Tom I really like. He just so cute. 🙂

The Christmas dinner I co-hosted last night was a complete success. The weather was too chilly to dine outdoors, so we dined at my house. There were six of us. The food and wine were delicious and so was the company. It could not have been a nicer gathering. Our guests even helped me clean up the kitchen afterward. What more could I ask for?

This morning I slept until nine AM, and then I got busy with my day. After a quick breakfast I submitted my new novel to my publisher. It’s 75,000 words and took me six months to write. Normally I don’t take that long to write a novel, but my breakup with my ex-partner in March sort of put my creative juices on hold for a few months. Now I’m back in the groove and eager to start on a new book. 🙂

It’s a gloomy morning, here on the island. I don’t have a lot planned for my day. I’ll take a three-mile walk in just a bit, for some pre-lunch exercise. After lunch I’ll tend to correspondence and pay bills online. I need to hit the wine market this afternoon, and then I’ll take a two-mile run around four PM.

Have a nice Tuesday, everyone.

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