- If life was a parking lot: Most of us park between the lines, take our carts back, allow others to enter and exit, and say Good Morning as we pass someone while parking. We all seem to share a common purpose. So, why is it our American communications, values, and behaviors become so crossed, unpleasant, or harmful once we leave the parking lot?
** The New Testament (Matthew 6: 9 – 13) gives us the traditional Lord’s Prayer: “Give us this day our daily prayer.” I now know more of how we are all connected, the interdependence of climate, crops, support to both large and small, urban and rural communities. I suggest this updated wording; “Give to all of us, each and every child, family, and person their daily bread.”
- I wrote recently of the closing of the CCA theater in Santa Fe. Now, donations and pledges shout out the importance of CCA as an important community resource. CCA is now open, saying Yes, we still matter in shaping our lives together.
** Barbie’s new doll model, reflecting the look and feel of a Down Syndrome child is selling out. The doll was planned in partnership of the National Down Syndrome Society. A 9 year old girl was said: “She is really pretty; I am pretty too.”
- A feel good, 100% joy experience: Search “Playing For Change,” an international multimedia music project. You may listen/watch free, or decide to join to support something truly magical. Suggested first watches would include: King Claven, Planet Drums, or Clarence Bakker and Roberto Lutz, I Shall Be Released.
** Jean Twenge has assisted the CDC for 20+ years in tracking generational trends of teen girls considering suicide. The latest research reports one-third of teen girls considered suicide in 2021. The biggest change or impact has been social media, an unregulated continuous flow. Given their attachment to their phones, teen girls are talking with each other less, and getting less sleep and rest. The report’s recommendation is to get social media out of middle schools, however challenging that would be.
- Beth and I attended a presentation and sharing of “Sounds of the Black Church.” The presentation and sharing reinforced our belief that true Faith (and music) is a horizontal experience, an experience of community, not the traditional, vertical up and down, individual experience.
** In 1968 Thomas Merton wrote that we have forgotten that life can be simple. I am not how he would describe our fast, faster, complex world in 2023. Each of us, the we of us, can still find and know there are simple parts of our life, of our family, work, and worship. Grip, hang on, and be grounded by the simple, straight up parts of daily life. The complex will always be there. This week, live well, find your simple.
Roy, a simple guy, sometimes