A Light Shines in the Darkness

For the last  few years I have come to dread the Christmas holidays, but not for the usual cliche reasons. It was my aversion to watching the usual Christmastime television movie "favorites" when everyone suggested we turn on the set and watch. I would always do so, but found myself getting unusually emotional. I would... Continue Reading →

Who Are You?

I don't know what to think about this movie, Jim & Andy and the Great Beyond. I feel like this movie is confused, but that confusion is because it shows just how confused  I would say Jim Carrey is. I don't think the movie is trying to say anything, but yet it is saying something.... Continue Reading →

Creativity vs Commercialism

It was a sad experience when I decided to use the gift I have inside, to create and offer music to the world, to turn it into an occupation (albeit a pleasant one). I learned the lay of the land pretty quickly, although I decided to reside in it for years ... the problem was a... Continue Reading →

A Perplexing Question

I find it perplexing that humankind, especially in the USA, inevitably ask the question upon meeting someone new, "So what do you do for a living?" It seems to be almost automatic. What is almost never asked, "What are the things you ENJOY doing in your life's journeys?" For me, to ask about what one does... Continue Reading →

Living Gratefully

Each of us has our own list of gifts for which we thank God: family and friends, each new day, work to do, the glorious autumn leaves, the cute little puppy that bounced all around me the other day - these are a few of the things that top my list right at the moment,... Continue Reading →

As Counter-Cultural As Any Hippie

My grandmother was a feisty old lady. Born Hattie Mae before the turn of the last century, she 'married well' and became a grand lady in the southern tradition, taking on her husband's surname and refining her given name to Harriet M. Putting her hair up was the first thing she did in the morning... Continue Reading →

Do You See It?

Do you see it? A world so full of beauty that the wonder of it all makes your eyes fill with tears and the same world so full of violence, poverty and oppression, that sometimes you can't help but cry. Do you hear it? A piece of music that touches your heart and opens your... Continue Reading →

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