Tag Archives: Joy


“Take a music bath once or twice a week for a few seasons, and you will find that it is to the soul what the water bath is to the body.” Oliver Wendell Holmes At the close of 2014, a year of … Continue reading

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It’s All Connected, Even the Dragons —

I woke up this morning and found I was thinking about dragons. A little strange, when I think how the sun was shining on hot pink rhododendron blossoms and the sky was blue and brilliant. Nothing fierce or dragon-y in sight … Continue reading

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Boundless Joy!

Will you hop aboard my train of thought with me? It’s heading toward a place of harmony and — you guessed it — joy! The starting point was a dull morning with not much needing to be done. So I … Continue reading

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(Gemma, this post’s for you. We have a deal.) When I wrote the post What Does Being Human Mean, Anyway? the morning after the Boston Marathon Massacre, I was angry, distraught, and in despair. Despair = de spero = out of … Continue reading

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A Wonder and a Delight —-

  Back in 1930 Edith Hamilton wrote in her classic, The Greek Way: “The Greeks were not the victims of depression. Greek literature is not done in gray or with a low palette. It is all black and shining white or … Continue reading

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The Promise

The tenth anniversary of September 11, 2001 has come and is behind us. Now our task is plain: Onward — Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning. Psalm 30:5b

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An Invitation to Happiness

The brilliant red of poppies sparking the wheat fields –an indelible souvenir for me of France, and of a lifting of my heart and spirits in a particular way. But I’ve never been able to describe it so clearly as … Continue reading

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