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January 10th, 2019 
It is in the ice cold death flow 10:57 AM Thursday morning here. Outside there is a thick hard layer of snow and ice on the ground and the streets.

I got up this morning around 6:37 AM. I am still very sick and not sure if I will make it to the finish line. So I got up made myself a portion of oatmeal for breakfast. I ate my oatmeal and then I wrote in my paper diary. After I wrote in my diary I dozed. I was woke up by Carol calling me from a local grocery store asking if I wanted anything? I replied No. After the telephone call I toasted myself an English muffin and warmed up a cup of coffee.

When Carol got home I helped bring in the supplies. Carol has gone to bed and I have been reading this morning from a book titled, 'Exalted Above the Heavens: The risen and ascended Christ' by Peter C. Orr [New Studies In Biblical Theology]. I received this volume in the mail yesterday and since receiving it have been reading it.

There is not much else to report on this ice cold snowy morning. I am still sick and plan to lay low today. Carol is off tonight from work.

Well I will close to wait it out. There is no way out. It looks like President Trump has become America's first dictator. I never thought I would see the day when an elected President would hand over America to our enemies the Chinese and the Russians. The Russians got Trump elected and I am sure Trump has struck a deal with China for them to invade us and take over with Trump as a co-ruler. Soon there will be a civil war among those who oppose Trump and the Christian Right who have decided to bow down to Trump and worship him. It is all very depressing.
A provocative new novel from bestselling author T.C. Boyle exploring the first scientific and recreational forays into LSD and its mind-altering possibilities

In this stirring and insightful novel, T.C. Boyle takes us back to the 1960s and to the early days of a drug whose effects have reverberated widely throughout our culture: LSD.

In 1943, LSD is synthesized in Basel. Two decades later, a coterie of grad students at Harvard are gradually drawn into the inner circle of renowned psychologist and psychedelic drug enthusiast Timothy Leary. Fitzhugh Loney, a psychology Ph.D. student and his wife, Joanie, become entranced by the drug’s possibilities such that their “research” becomes less a matter of clinical trials and academic papers and instead turns into a free-wheeling exploration of mind expansion, group dynamics, and communal living. With his trademark humor and pathos, Boyle moves us through the Loneys’ initiation at one of Leary’s parties to his notorious summer seminars in Zihuatanejo until the Loneys’ eventual expulsion from Harvard and their introduction to a communal arrangement of thirty devotees—students, wives, and children—living together in a sixty-four room mansion and devoting themselves to all kinds of experimentation and questioning.

Is LSD a belief system? Does it allow you to see God? Can the Loneys’ marriage—or any marriage, for that matter—survive the chaotic and sometimes orgiastic use of psychedelic drugs? Wry, witty, and wise, Outside Looking In is an ideal subject for this American master, and highlights Boyle’s acrobatic prose, detailed plots, and big ideas. It’s an utterly engaging and occasionally trippy look at the nature of reality, identity, and consciousness, as well as our seemingly infinite capacities for creativity, re-invention, and self-discovery.

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