Friday, December 14, 2012


…I think about aging more than I should, likely more than most people.  I’ve never been a fan of getting older.  As a child and teen, I was very, very shy and didn’t come out of my shell until my freshman year of college.  Most people who know me think I’m outgoing, but really I’m that insecure 16 year old who moved to a new school one day before Junior year, knew no one, and used to eat lunch in the library, reading or writing (bad) poetry.

This morning my son left for a field trip and a big, formal DECCA presentation.  I helped him dress in a suit and tie.  He’s 16.  He’s six foot five.  He looked so grown-up and handsome, a boy almost a man.

In a year he’ll be off to college.  He’s a terrific kid, talented and gifted in so many ways.  It’s going to be strange when he’s gone.

Time is a mystifying thing.  Anymore, I try not to think about it too much.  I understand how aging, how death, is crucial.  It makes life important.  If we never aged or died, life wouldn’t hold the meaning it does.

…Anyway, just some psycho-babble for the weekend.  Thanks for indulging me.

…Here are some things to think about:

"Every day one should at least hear one little song, read one good poem, see one fine painting and if at all possible speak a few sensible words.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“If you are trying to transform a brutalized society into one where people can live in dignity and hope, you begin with the empowering of the most powerless. You build from the ground up.” Adrienne Rich

"Patience is passion tamed." Lyman Abbott

"Poetry is indispensable--if I only knew what for." Jean Cocteau

"Parents need to fill a child’s bucket of self-esteem so high that the rest of the world can’t poke enough holes to drain it dry." Alvin Price

"Man is so made that whenever anything fires his soul,impossibilities vanish." Jean de la Fontaine

"Victory is sweetest when you've known defeat." Malcolm Forbes

"Let everyone sweep in front of his own door and the whole world will be clean." Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

 "If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light.  Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness, and fears." Glenn Clark


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