I saw a funny graphic once titled “Average Day for a Musician.” Three-quarters of the pie chart was labeled “Crippling self-doubt.” It was certainly hilarious, but I wish this wasn’t so true. Recently I was privileged to once again perform at a dance at a large convention and was treated like a rock star. Less than two days later I was wallowing in that crippling … Continue reading I Am Enough (by Eileen)
Several weeks ago I had lunch with my nephew, Marine Captain Mike Lovejoy, who had recently returned home from a tour of duty in Iraq. Throughout his tour he shared with us in elucidating letters his real time experiences. Mike had lived a whole year in a war zone where his survival was not assured and danger was everywhere. I wanted to catch up with … Continue reading Surviving a War Zone
The recent public conversation on immigrants and immigration has had a tearing effect on the American psyche. It seems for many Americans the memory of how we came to be American people has been forgotten. For most of us, America is not our native land. We, too, are foreigners, descended of refugees from an earlier time. Many of our ancestors were greeted in an equally … Continue reading A Mutt Named America
There is a Chinese saying that goes: “If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody .” Humans are inherently social species. We have survived and thrived because we take care of one another and generosity is, … Continue reading The Art of Being Happy
Marsha and I like to walk over to Grand Avenue Park in Everett after dinner to watch the sun set over the Olympic Mountains. The scene is so picturesque, so grand, so serene, so beautiful. I remember as a boy watching the sunset from Discovery Park and feeling the same serenity. I lived away from the Pacific Northwest for 37 years and hardly a day … Continue reading What’s So Special About Beauty?