Losing Touch

You don’t know what’s going on

You’ve been away for far too long

You can’t come back and think you are still mine

You’re out of touch, my baby

My poor discarded baby

I said, baby, baby, baby, you’re out of time

(The Rolling Stones)

Do you have any friends you regret not keeping in touch with?

Nope.

If we lost touch with eachother there’s no doubt lots of reasons for that and I don’t have time to dwell on why.

Regret is a useless emotion and a waste of time. It will make you crazy.

So cut it out! Stop, right now, or you’ll end up regretting your regrets.

I’m trying to concentrate on the people who are in my life today so there won’t be any reason for regrets tomorrow.

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If I Could Be a Character From a Book, I’d Be Luna Lovegood

J. K. Rowling has said that the character of Luna took her by surprise, but that she was a lot of fun to write. “She’s slightly out of step in many ways but she’s the anti-Hermione.  Hermione’s so logical and inflexible in so many ways and Luna is likely to believe ten impossible things before breakfast.”

How can you not love a girl who wears a butterbeer cork necklace to repel Nargles? (Even though Nargles might not exist?) And shoes to bed in case she sleepwalks? And Dirigible Plum earrings which the Lovegoods believe enhance the ability to accept the extraordinary?

Luna dresses unusually, proclaims her strange beliefs openly, and often seems to be dreamily out of touch with what’s going on around her. When she is the target of ridicule or the butt of jokes, she remains patient and accepting, serene and composed. Her deeply held beliefs, no matter how bizarre, give her a certain dignity. She is very brave and loyal and a faithful friend.

Hermione and even Ginny are too much in the spotlight for me. I’d do better as a supporting member of the crew. I love Luna’s quirks and I love her spectrespecs. I love her wonderful habit of always stating the blunt truth about things and how very intelligent she is, and how perceptive.

“And she’s tough, Luna,” Harry observes, “Much tougher than you’d think.”

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