** In a recent Fiction read, a man in his 60’s is asked. “Are you happy?” He did not directly answer but talked of a life of purpose, of achievements and fulfillment. The man was asked a second time, “Yes, all that is good, but are you happy?” I remembered Robert Green Ingersoll’s better answer. “The time to be happy is now…the place to be happy is here…the way to be happy is to make others so.”
- I enjoyed my second “story hour” with elders at a local community center. Reaching back to their youth, personal stories of foster care homes, a too early death of a parent and choices of brothers and sisters. There were stories of close friends and several still connected today. Favorite places and persons most admired added to the morning. If you were a member of our little group, what story would you tell?
** The 11th Annual Sony World Photography Awards 2024 will be announced on April 18. 395,000 entries from 54 countries, all ages, cultures, and backgrounds were entered. Do a search, be surprised, and amazed.
- From David Brooks. “I came to the conclusion we have a shallow view of human nature. We are good at talking about material things, really bad at talking about emotions, really good at stuff we can count and really bad at the deeper things that actually matter.” I believe that Mr. Brooks is encouraging all of us to engage in the deeper and more meaningful conversations.
** Beth and I are Co-Chairs for Project 4031 “Lanterns on the Trail.” This early spring event will be to remember loved ones no longer with us and to honor someone important to your life. The March 3 event is free and will be held at The Keith House located at Clear Fork in Fort Worth near the Trinity River. Project 4031 is an unduplicated nonprofit that assists terminally ill patients and their families with financial assistance and fulfilling dreams. We want to invite you to share the sunset with the twinkling lights of lantern sacks, beautiful guitar and Indian flute music to provide you the opportunity to reflect with love and to listen to some words of wisdom.
For more information, please go to project4031.org then find the Events post and scroll down to “Lanterns on the Trail.” Lantern sacks will be available for purchase online and at the event.
This week “hope and encouragement” will be found on Netflix and the Queer Eyes series, Season 8, ” The Sweet Life.” “The Fab Five” are based in New Orleans for this season. The “Doctor of Clarinets” and her French Quater street band have played for decades in the Quarter, nationally and internationally known. Her passion was to reopen her mother’s “Sweet Shop” in the Treme neighborhood flooded by Hurricane Katrina. The “Fab Five” each have a different skill to help which includes hair styling, clothing, food, environment and life coaching. In each episode, over five days, many lives are transformed, and dreams fulfilled. “The Sweet Life” is one of the best transformations of the 8 Seasons.
Roy, planning with Beth for March 3