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Smokey is a retired registered nurse who spent most of his career helping children and teens with mental health and chemical abuse issues. Retirement has freed him to restore cars, play with electronics, and attack projects long neglected.
 

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Smokey was born in 1948, when a gallon of gas averaged 16 cents, the median annual income was $2,950, and a movie ticket cost 60 cents. In that same year, the bikini swimsuit slowly gained popularity, Israel was declared an independent state, Mahatma Gandhi was murdered, and cases of polio around the world increased significantly.

 
1. Think of a specific time you felt joy. What was going on, and why were you so happy in that moment?

In 1972, my enlistment in the Navy was about to expire. I was sitting on a chartered airliner in Da Nang waiting for take off back to the USA. The cargo plane next to us was loading coffins. I was very overjoyed to be going home on the airliner rather than the freighter.
 
2. What are some of your favorite sounds?

I like to put my head on our dogs and listen to them breathe and listen to their hearts beat. Since our dogs are rescues, I feel we can take some credit for the fact that they are still breathing and their hearts are still beating. I like to listen to a selected rock n’ roll song many times in a row while I’m driving at night. I like the sound of breakers on a beach.

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3. What makes you feel upset or angry? Why?

People that consistently do things to hurt others. I worked in child protection and child psych for many years. I have a tough time with people that consistently abuse others even though they probably have a story to tell themselves.
 
4. What is something in your life that feels hard for you these days? Tell us about it.

Not having enough cartilage in my knees. It hurts and seems to get into many things. I tried to have it repaired, but my heart stopped for 8 minutes just prior to the actual surgery.
 
5. If you were to recommend a book, author, movie, tv show, or musical group to readers, what would it be? What’s so great about it?

Lately I’ve been listening to Gerry Rafferty the late Scottish singer/songwriter. He does a good job of working a message into a decent tune that stays in my head after the music stops.

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Published by Jocelyn

There's this game put out by the American Girl company called "300 Wishes"--I really like playing it because then I get to marvel, "Wow, it's like I'm a real live American girl who has 300 wishes, and that doesn't suck, especially compared to being a dead one with none."

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  1. I’m just slightly younger than Smokey and can thoroughly relate to his life. I am fortunate in that my knees have been replaced. More animal rescue than people, but it may not be that different. I get songs stuck in my head all the time. I didn’t know Gerry Rafferty was dead.

  2. I’m just slightly younger than Smokey and can thoroughly relate to his life. I am fortunate in that my knees have been replaced. More animal rescue than people, but it may not be that different. I get songs stuck in my head all the time.

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