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  1. What I Got

  2. Broken

  3. Let's Raise The Temp.

  4. And I Love

  5. Dreams : Stargazer May 18 to 20 2017

  6. Suffering

  7. And Much Much More

  8. Dreams : Stargazer May 15 to 17 2017

  9. Dreams : Stargazer May 12 to 14 2017

  10. Dreams : Stargazer May 9 to 11 2017

  11. Dreams :Stargazer May 6 to 8 2017

  12. Dreams : Stargazer April 30 To May 2 2017

  13. Dreams : Stargazer April 27 to 29 2017

  14. Dreams : Stargazer April 24 to 26 2017

  15. Wish I Could

  16. They Killed Him

  17. I Got A List

  18. Forever Spinning

  19. Dreams : Stargazer April 21 to 23 2017

  20. I Have Caught

  21. Dreams :Stargazer April 18 To 20 2017

  22. Of One Mind

  23. Dreams April 15 to 17 2017

  24. The Cock Has Crowed

  25. W/ Their Scones

  26. Rather Construed

  27. Hazel Hill Morning

  28. Dreams : Stargazer April 12 to 14 2017

  29. Their Ugly

  30. Get Up!

  31. I Want My Money

  32. All Over Again

  33. Dreams : Stargazer April 9 to 11 2017

  34. Further East From Eden

  35. Dreams : Stargazer April 6 to 8 2017

  36. Dreams : Stargazer April 3 to 5 2017

  37. Mile 19: A Runner's Dream

  38. Dreams : Stargazer March 31 to April 2 2017

  39. Dreams : Stargazer March 28 to 30 2017

Mile 19: A Runner's Dream

Don’t give up on people. There’s good in everybody, although in some it’s hidden. Often, a person just need someone to believe in them first, before they start believing in themselves.

My legs were close to giving out. It felt as though I was hitting the infamous runners’ wall. My breathing was heavy and my mouth was extremely dry. I was running the Los Angeles Marathon for the second year in a row. I’ve always loved running, and I ran the LA Marathon as a fundraiser for my favorite charity. I was slowly approaching mile 19 where a line of kids, wearing ‘I Have A Dream’ Foundation T-shirts, stood on the side with cups and small bottles of water in their extended hands.

While living in Los Angeles several years ago, I volunteered with The ‘I Have A Dream’ Foundation and worked closely with the “dreamers”, which are kids mostly from low-income, gang-infested neighborhoods who are promised college tuition or vocational school funds after they’d graduated high school. Soaked in sweat, I was turning the corner at mile 19 and noticed one of the ‘dreamers’ stepping out from the group of energetic, cheering kids with the cups and mini-bottles of water. She stepped into my path and quickly got my attention while wildly waving a bottle of water. She made sure that I was only getting water from her. This was a special moment for both of us. This particular girl would regularly roll her eyes and typically shrug off helpful advice and guidance from me for the past several months as she struggled to maintain a positive outlook within a household and neighborhood filled with school dropouts and gang members.

I’m writing this piece today because the girl at mile 19 who’d handed me the much-needed water is now all grown up and doing quite well for herself. She keeps in touch with me, and recently had sent me an email, whereby she referenced the LA Marathon and our special moment at mile 19, and then she went on further, thanking me for not giving up on her and always believing in her.

I hope that all of you have someone believing in you, or perhaps, you believing in someone else. – Randolph Randy Camp

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