- The movie Oppenheimer showed us the challenges that come with vision, of speaking truth to power and of living with the outcomes of our achievements. In Oppenheimer, we see goodness, as well as the risks and of serving as the out-front leader.
** We, of the Southwest, have learned a new weather term, Heat Dome. Continual Heat Domes of 105 -110 are too ongoing. The heat limits the outdoors and prolongs the indoors which challenges our energy, creativity, and personal balance. Fort Worth loves concrete and new construction. The cooling green of grass and trees are being replaced with the heat generating concrete of “progress.”
- A possible rewording of The Lord’s Prayer: Give us, all of us, everywhere, our daily bread. In future Sunday Letters perhaps more updating of biblical and faith writings. Recommendations?
** “Prayer means that, in some way, we believe we’re invited into a relationship with someone who hears us when we speak in silence.” Anne Lamott helping us all to understand and practice our faith.
- In America in 2021 there are 37 million single person households. This is up from 33 million in 2011. An increase in women living alone is due to economic gains and employment opportunities. There are 16 million 65+ persons living solo. Research has identified the impact of “Grey Divorce”(which are elders with spouse loss) as a significant factor in the report.
** Parker Palmer, in writing of the importance of an active, alive Democracy, stresses the value of a robust Public Life in addition to our Private and Political Life. Covid and now heat in the Southwest impacts and limits our Public Life. Essentials examples of Public Life include: buses, libraries, parks, public forums, theater movies and plays, coffee shops, farmer’s markets, and more. Palmer states it is in “the company of strangers” we find our truest selves and our truest Democracy.
- Jonah Hill, actor and producer, has released his Netflix documentary of his 2022 therapy sessions with Psychiatrist Phil Stutz. The filming shifts from the traditional therapist – client relationship to the learning and sharing between two persons dedicated to the health and wellbeing of both. Recommend Stutz to gain an appreciation of both Hill and Stutz and a new look at therapy.
** Next SL will have an interview…in the meantime, Beth asked a young waiter yesterday…”Are you in school (he looked young)?” He shared with our group “I am enrolled in Fire Fighter School to begin in September.” Needless to say, Beth gave him a way big tip! Glad we have young men and women pursuing careers that help all of us!
Roy, looking forward to cooler days and being outdoors.