Woolly Bear

When a man points a finger at someone else, he should remember that four of his fingers are pointing at himself. ~Louis Nizer, Jewish-American trial lawyer

Despite my love for debate, I don’t enjoy confrontations.

You know, the kind where you have to read somebody the riot act to get them to stop scraping their shoes all over your feelings.

Take the other day, for instance.

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Komboloi Worry Beads

For peace of mind, resign as general manager of the universe. ~Author Unknown

Have you found yourself fretting during this global pandemic?

Wishing you had something to occupy your hands so you wouldn’t constantly stuff your face with food or gnaw your fingernails?

Maybe Komboloi worry beads could be a solution for you.

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And the Rain Falls

If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water. ~Loren Eiseley, American anthropologist, writer, and educator

Days upon days of rain
Drenching the ground below.
Keeping us sheltered at home
While Nature continues to grow.

It’s really too cool to garden,
Too wet to dig in the dirt.
My world has become an emerald,
My attire: jeans and T-shirt.

Hang on, people, hang on!
This, too, one day will pass.
Life will acquire a new normal;
Sun will shine on the glass.

It’s easy to drift into sadness
We’re all missing so much.
Perhaps it’s good for the world
To pause from our human touch.

We’re on a maiden voyage,
Fording an unknown sea.
Wading in deepening waters
From which we cannot flee.

Hold on, people, hold on!
It’s easier to smile than frown.
Refuse to add to the misery
Be kind during this slowdown.

Note: I think this poetry form is called Iambic Trimeter. It has three iambs per line. (Of course, if you know otherwise, please educate me!)

Sunday’s Gem — Heliodor

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. ~Albert Einstein, German-born theoretical physicist

Named from two Greek words meaning “gift from the sun,” Heliodor is a type of the mineral beryl with a yellow, greenish-yellow, or golden-yellow color.

This 1.96 carat pear-shaped Heliodor gemstone mined in Brazil sells for less than $150. Image courtesy of www.mineralminers.com

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Music During the Pandemic

Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without. ~Confucius, Chinese philosopher

Tuesday was supposed to be our Spring concert for symphonic band.

The last concert our graduating seniors would perform in public.

But thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was cancelled.

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Spring 2020 in Lockdown

The day the Lord created hope was probably the same day He created Spring. ~Bern Williams, English moral philosopher

While the Illinois Governor has declared yet another month of lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, he can’t stop the arrival of Spring.

I managed to get outside the other day and was amazed at how many trees and flowers are in bloom, how pretty the day was, and how few people were enjoying it!

Take a look, won’t you?

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