- Beth and I attended a reception for Texas Wesleyan’s publication of ARIES, an annual university journal. As an alumnus, I am honored to have my writing selected for their January ARIES publication. One challenge of aging, for me, is taking risks. The acceptance of my writing encourages me to seek similar publications and possible submissions. I am grateful that young minds find something of value in my words!
** We now purchase environmentally friendly clothes washing 3 X 5 sheets,160 per box. Our friends, Debbie and Charles got us on this path. Amazing how a tiny sheet can really clean your clothes. I now regret seeing the long shelves of clothes detergent in plastic tubs, each to soon be in your landfill for years to come. Is it time for you to join us, and so many others, in promoting a healthy environment?
- Pew Research interviewed 11,000 individuals about “Being Spiritual or Being Religious.” 22% identified as spiritual but not religious; 10% identified as religious but not spiritual; 21% did not identify as spiritual or religious. Also, the decline in participation in religious affiliations continues.
A recent audio interview made an impact on me. The quote, “My life will not be defined by who I excluded, but who in my life I have included, learned from, and shared life.”
** Dani Shapiro shaped her book “Still Writing” around 40+ topics. Examples she named were Ambition, Rhythm, Habit, and Breaking the Rules. If you were writing your own book, what topic headings would you include?
I received a beautiful hand-crafted coffee cup from Beth. The mission of ZPOTS, in Vermont, is “Creating world peace one cup at a time.” ZPOTS reminds me of a home improvement show, “Bargain Block, a show dedicated to improving Detroit neighborhoods by adding rehabbed homes “One home at a time.”
- The Best of My Week was listening to a Podcast with Anderson Cooper, CNN broadcaster. His podcast, “All There Is,” explores grief, people who have died, people left behind, and how we can live with loss and love. His father died when he was 10. Carter, his brother by gun suicide at 22, his mother in 2017. This is the second year for Anderson to do podcasts about grief. His first episode this season has a wonderful interview of Francis Weller author of “The Wild Edge of Sorrow.” Together we learn the power of telling stories, of the pain of missing someone, and the healing that can come from grief shared with others.
Beth and I hope you, your family and friends, are being touched by the goodness of this season. Being connected, whether near or far, so important. Each of you add to our lives and we hope in some way we add to yours as well.
Roy & Beth
Next Sunday, the 17th, I will write Encouraging words about calendars and issues of time.