How should we like it were stars to burn With a passion for us we could not return? If equal affection cannot be, Let the more loving one be me. — W. H. Auden, The More Loving One. We have a chance to be the more loving one than anyone else except God whose love is…

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We may think we are tough and invulnerable but in reality we are all fragile. At some point in life, our body teaches us how vulnerable we are to disease and injury. Likewise we learn how our heart is fragile. A first romance ends, a good fiend betrays, a mentor dies, I bet you can…

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Nellie has been guarding the Lego tower built by my granddaughter, Frannie, for three days now. One has to wonder what is going on in our cat’s mind. Will the tower fall eventually? Who knows? I certainly am walking gingerly around the house. I have certainly seen more fascinating pictures, but this one tickles me…

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Bonnie Smith Whitehouse in her classic, Afoot and Lighthearted, reports that Beethoven’s creative routine included a walk each day after lunch. It was a way for him to separate his work environment from his thinking environment. As I sit at my desk, I look out onto our street and sidewalks. People pass all day walking their dogs,…

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“Aliveness comes from living a life of personal integrity in which our outer actions match our inner values, beliefs, wishes, and dreams… — Jerry Colonna, Reboot. I’ve read lots of meditations and essays that deal with the same theme as above, but Colonna’s words say it very well. If I were to wake up repeating his words…

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