- Recommend Netflix’s 2-hour documentary on Leonard Cohen as it is a good use of time. Internationally acclaimed for writing and performing his song “Hallelujah,” Cohen as I learned was broader, deeper, funnier, wiser than this one song. It took him seven years to write and thus it became a soul song. “Hallelujah” has been performed by many artists, in many languages. We hope you will watch, learn and enjoy.
** We all know the value and contribution of “Assistance Dogs” that they provide to individuals with physical and emotional needs, disaster search/rescue, victims of crime and really anything they can do for their humans. Something new to me…one of the long-term care facilities here, in Fort Worth has an “Assistance Bunny.” Hallway to hallway, room to room, resident to resident hop, hop, hoppity hop bringing softness and love. We are all better because of amazing animals.
- In her book Traveling Mercies, Anne Lamott writes “As we jump into the darkness of the unknown, faith lets us believe we will either land on solid ground or we will be taught how to fly.” One more spiritual truth: “Even when we are sure love cannot conquer all, it seems to anyway.”
** Lawrence Taylor, quarter-back in the NFL, is holding out for a salary for one season of 45 million dollars, 170 million over four years. Yes, our society does struggle with balance, equity, and fairness. 45 million for one season, no matter the salaries of other players or profits of NFL owners, illustrates the separations and widening gaps of those who have, and those who never will have.
- Encouraging Comments this week about my return to golf. I did go to the range, hit balls, attempted old swings that might work, and then to the practice green to chip and putt. There is a memory chip somewhere – still hoping to stumble over it. I am encouraged!
** My latest short writing is titled “Buster 2.” A daughter slips in her dad’s home to bring him a puppy, not well received by the dad. Both his wife and their elder dog died in the past year. He has slowed down with sadness and grief. The daughter slipped back out the same door. What does dad do with his gifted puppy? That’s the story.
- The news of shootings, tornado destructions, and ongoing blaming, shaming can be over-whelming. I have begun an early morning Face Book writing, Monday – Friday. Topics so far: Affirmations – Encouragement – Admiring – Patience – Tolerance. Do you have a word to suggest? I will be writing again Monday morning….”Likes” are helpful in the world of Face Book.
Somehow January 2023 has become April. I do hope your spring is springing forth with good energy, connections with others and your family leaning forward into your future with health and wellness.
Roy, with my own springing forth of faith, hope and energy! Blessings always!