as Australia burns

11pm Sunday night.

Australia is burning, Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban have pledged $500,000 to the wildlife protection agency there.

The Koala bears and the Kangaroos.

It makes your chest ache.

The many suffering people and animals.

What do we do with this wild and inhospitable world of ours?

I want to say more.

I want to say more that can help.

What helps though?

You can entertain and provide a diversion.

You can give words and a feeling that help others express and relieve the pain.

You can try to incite a riot.

You can educate in a subtle way that sheds new light.

I can try to write some songs to sing for the world.

I sang today at the church.

The words to the song we sang had been watered down but the essence of the piece remained for me.

I sang it as if the words were still intact to the degree that I could.

What the performance did for me was a real gift.

I saw that I can "take a nothing date and suddenly make it all seem worthwhile".

That's from Mary Tyler Moore.

The church thing wasn't necessarily going to be that great.

But I worked hard to get my part right.

My reputation is all about how I feel about myself.

I wanted to stand and deliver the way I believe I should.

The circumstances were in a way not in my favor but I did my very best anyway.

And it worked.

It worked well enough anyway.

I want to have that kind of voice that steps up to the mic and everyone's shoulders drop and everyone breathes a sigh of existential relief.

"Thank God, we're in good hands for the next few minutes."

Willie Nelson.

Yeah, I know, it's a lot to hope for.

But it's great to have something that big to hope for still.

I'm grateful that I have that big huge hope of mine.

Good night world, I love you.

Dear God please don't let the animals and the children suffer.

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