The Kid Comes to Visit

The soul would have no rainbow had the eyes no tears. ~John Vance Cheney, American poet and librarian

Dallas here.

The Kid (AKA Domer) came home on Saturday, and I nearly jumped out of my skin with excitement!

Me and my kid together again

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Pollyanna’s Take

There are defeats more triumphant than victories. ~Michel de Montaigne, French Renaissance Philosopher

Typically, I’m the one doing the firing.

I’ve had to sever ties with clients over the years for one reason or another, and I’ve never regretted doing so.

But somehow it feels different on the receiving end.

Being fired.

Let go.

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We Remember

A memory is what is left when something happens and does not completely unhappen. ~Edward de Bono, Maltese physician, philosopher, author

Like with JFK’s passing
Or the Challenger explosion,
Life-altering events
Uniting us all.
We remember:
Where we were
What we were doing
When 9/11/01 rolled around.

An ordinary day
For work or school.
Cloudless skies
Became dark with terror.
We remember:
Planes hitting buildings,
Selfless heroes
Too many gone too soon.

A flurry of prayers
Forgotten faith reignited.
Increased vigilance,
Stiffer security measures.
We remember:
And by remembering
Honor those who no longer can.

Sunday’s Gem — Diamond

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. ~Albert Einstein

The earliest diamonds were found in the 4th century B.C. in India.

Composed of mostly carbon that’s been subjected to extremely high temperatures and pressure, the name ‘diamond’ comes from the Greek word adamas, translated ‘unconquerable, invincible.’

The contrast of uncut diamonds with the polished, cut version in the lower right corner is striking (photo thanks to www.gia.edu (the Gemological Institute of America)

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One, Two, Three…

If I were to begin life again, I would devote it to music. It is the only cheap and unpunished rapture upon earth. ~Sydney Smith, English writer and cleric

Speaking metronome

Helps keep my rhythms even.

Apps for everything!

 

I’m working on a particularly tricky sonatina by a Danish composer in my flute lessons this summer.

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Extending Mercy

Life becomes easier when you learn to accept an apology you never got. ~Robert Brault, American writer

Sometimes it’s the little things
That pierce us to the core.
The little snubs, the little sneers,
The expressions we abhor.

In their defense they might not know
The arrows they are sending.
The words they say or leave unsaid
The hearts they’re blithely rending.

But sometimes it’s the little hurts
The brutal stomps upon our pride
That nag us for the longest while
And over time get magnified.

I’ve heard it takes a bigger person
To forgive and forget life’s pains.
We think revenge, we spout invectives
When ’tis better to release the chains.

Calm yourself and ground yourself
In beauty and in peace.
You’re special, valued, and capable
Let your fears and worries cease.

Time to Focus on Book Two

There’s only one person who needs a glass of water oftener than a small child tucked in for the night, and that’s a writer sitting down to write. ~Mignon McLaughlin, American journalist and author

Oh, how I can relate to this quote!!

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