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  1. Forever Spinning

  2. Dreams : Stargazer April 21 to 23 2017

  3. I Have Caught

  4. Dreams :Stargazer April 18 To 20 2017

  5. Of One Mind

  6. Dreams April 15 to 17 2017

  7. The Cock Has Crowed

  8. W/ Their Scones

  9. Rather Construed

  10. Hazel Hill Morning

  11. Dreams : Stargazer April 12 to 14 2017

  12. Their Ugly

  13. Get Up!

  14. I Want My Money

  15. All Over Again

  16. Dreams : Stargazer April 9 to 11 2017

  17. Further East From Eden

  18. Dreams : Stargazer April 6 to 8 2017

  19. Dreams : Stargazer April 3 to 5 2017

  20. Mile 19: A Runner's Dream

  21. Dreams : Stargazer March 31 to April 2 2017

  22. Dreams : Stargazer March 28 to 30 2017

  23. Dreams : Stargazer March 25 To 27 2017

  24. Dreams ; Stargazer March 22 to 24 2017

  25. One by One: Helping Our Young Runaways

  26. Dreams : Stargazer March 19 to 21 2017

  27. Dreams : Stargazer March 16 to 18 2017

  28. Dreams : Stargazer March 13 To 15 2017

  29. Dreams : Stargazer March 10 to 12 2017

  30. Dreams : Stargazer March 7 to 9 2017

  31. Dreams : Stargazer March 4 to 6 2017

  32. Lew Welch and The Beat Generation

  33. Dreams : Stargazer March 1 to 3 2017

  34. Dreams : Stargazer February 26 to 28 2017

  35. Now That's A Tour

  36. Dreams : Stargazer February 23 to 25 2017

  37. The Aches And Pains

  38. Dreams : Stargazer February 20 to 22 2017

  39. Dreams : Stargazer February 17 to 19 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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