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David McClain

David McClain
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Doniphan, Missouri, USA
Birthday
February 08
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I am a simple man who has lived a simple life for sixty years. I have not dined with movie stars nor Kings and Queens. I have not walked the halls of power, nor have I been a mover and a shaker. I have, however, been a soldier, a tinker, a jack of all trades. I have raised five children....I have been loved and I have loved. I do not see grand designs nor do I chase afer them. Instead, I listen to the heartbeat of the land and I rejoice in a bird's song in the morning. Do not come here seeking answers for I have none. I do have questions which I will ask you constantly though. I do not believe in aruging so Politics will not be discussed in my blog. I do not care what your personal beliefs are for you are free to believe as you will...please allow me to do likewise. I have never been rich, but I have always been poor. Being poor however has never stopped me from feeling rich. I feel rich because I have the love of a good woman. Melinda completes me. She gives me the peace of mind and soul required to write about life without regrets and without envy of those who might have more. She is my world. Almosta Ranch is our heaven and we are happiy. This is what I want to share with you in this blog.

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DECEMBER 17, 2012 8:44AM

My Last Week on Earth: Open Call by Orykoi Bowl

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Orykoi Bowl issued an intriguing Open Call which I just had to try my hand at. Friday, the 21st of December is reportedly...by the Mayans at least....to be the last day, the day the world will end. So how will I spend this week?

I am, by nature, not given to grand gestures. I am a simple man with a normally quiet voice and prone to keep emotion to myself so I am going to spend this week like I did last week, and the week before. I will care for my animals, love my wife, and worry about all my kids.

Will I have regrets? Well of course I will, that is a part of being human. I will regret that my children won't have the chance to grow old like I did. I will regret not having even one more day to try and be a better man. But, I will also rejoice in all the good things in my life. I will rejoice and be thankful for the birth of my five children; five things I actually did good while on this earth. I will smile and be happy thinking of the eleven wonderful years I had with the woman I love with all my heart.

I will be content to know that the bad in my life was outweighed by the good.

As the week wears on and Friday nears, I will of course make contact with two or three close friends and thank them for being in my life. I will call my one remaining brother and tell him I love him and promise to look him up if by chance the Lord lowers his standards and lets me in the front door. I will talk to each of my children and tell them how much they each mean to me and how I wish I could have been a better father to each of them.

Then, come Friday morning, I will saddle Shadow Dancer for me and Scarlett for Mel and we will turn all our dogs loose and we will go for a last ride. Accompanied by our vast dog pack, we will ride across the countryside until we find a suitable site to watch one last sunset and we will dismount, eat a light picnic lunch and spend our last hours reminiscing, laughing, and loving each other.

Then the lights will go out.

Oh yeah, since I usually only manage one blog entry a week...sometimes two....this will be my last words to you before the great cosmic flushing. So....it's been fun and I'll see ya on the other side. Or, if the Mayans were full of crap, I guess I will see you Saturday

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David, I will be reading you and OS for some of the week. I have enjoyed your posts from Missouri, where all three of my daughters were born. Your writing feels grounded, peaceful, real. I will be thanking someone every day for the joy they have brought into my life, and will celebrate "Chalica," a Unitarian made-up holiday that honors each person, each one's right to their own person spirituality, and seeking their own truth, and care of the Earth, among other things. Thank you, and thank Orykoi Bowl for this "open call."
I'm quite sure we'll still be here on the 22nd, but not so sure we'll be able to get in to OS. Lovely thoughts here. I look forward to reading you for a long time to come, David. Hopefully here, but, if not... well, somewhere else. :-)
I'm quite sure we'll still be here on the 22nd, but not so sure we'll be able to get in to OS. Lovely thoughts here. I look forward to reading you for a long time to come, David. Hopefully here, but, if not... well, somewhere else. :-)
I'm quite sure we'll still be here on the 22nd, but not so sure we'll be able to get in to OS. Lovely thoughts here. I look forward to reading you for a long time to come, David. Hopefully here, but, if not... well, somewhere else. :-)
OH NOZE!!!! WE CAN'T END LIKE THIS!!!! WAAAAA!! :D

Great piece!!
David - everything you wrote was the perfect ending. Too perfect, if you ask me. R
Keep posting, by the time you know it we will be celebrating next week, I hope you can gain some insight into why people might consider the end of the world a possibility, but truly it's not likely. Please don't stress yourself out over these false phrophecies, but instead stress out over the real reasons people inhabit all kinds of problems since many situations are simply out of our control to begin with.
Keep posting, by the time you know it we will be celebrating next week, I hope you can gain some insight into why people might consider the end of the world a possibility, but truly it's not likely. Please don't stress yourself out over these false phrophecies, but instead stress out over the real reasons people inhabit all kinds of problems since many situations are simply out of our control to begin with.
C. Berg....Thank you and I am glad you are here and reading.

Unbreakable....Kim, I'm fairly confident myself and I look forward to reading a lot more of you too.

Tink...Thanks buddy and congrats on four years here. March will be four for me.

Marilyn....Not sure what you mean by "too perfect" but the question was "What would you do...." and that is exactly what we would do. In fact we have a ride planned for Friday end of the world or not.

MOMSACOMIC....I fully intend to keep posting because I really do doubt the Mayans were right.
Mel sure is one lucky woman to have a man like you by her side...