To paraphrase Johnny Nash, “I can see clearly now, the smoke is gone.” While I hear the air might be smokey again tomorrow, today was a great day to walk. I did the one hour loop that took me through the Safeway Shopping Center, down Island Drive, past the Harbor Bay Club and then on to the trail by the Bay to the Ferry Terminal and back to our house.

I passed the time listening to Jon Miller and Steve Young on KNBR podcasts, struck by the fact that as tough as times are right now, the technology at our fingertips make our lives so much more convenient and interesting.

For over 40 years, I’ve spent my days driving from client to client enjoying the entertainment of the radio. I’ve gone from listening Gene Nelson or Frank Dill, to The Razor & Mr. T, and beyond, wishing that I had a nickel for everytime I pulled up to a client’s office, forced to miss the best part. It could be a Willie Mays interview or Ralph Barbieri going off on a rant. Now days, unless it’s a sporting event, I don’t think I listen to anything live. If the phone rings when Murph and Mac are talking to Marcus Thompson, no problem. I can take the call and pick up the interview where I left off. If I’m motivated, I can practice my Duolingo Italian or listen to a book on tape.

What do you have at our fingertips there is so much to be grateful for. Today it’s blue skies and entertaining podcasts. Maybe tomorrow I’ll find Ella Fitzgearald on my iPhone singing, “Blue skies, smiling at me. Nothing but blue skies do I see.”

What’s making your life better? What are you grateful for today? Please write your comments below and let’s keep looking for that shining needle of common ground in that haystack of fear.

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