In case you hadn’t caught it on CNN, I and the other villagers are spilling out into the streets, excited that warm weather has finally reached Chicagoland.
To celebrate the coming of an overdue Spring, we spent our day yesterday engaged in our annual ritual of being outside, planting, putting the plans for this years hanging baskets into motion and just generally playing in the dirt with the flowers, plants and herbs. People that know me best will confirm for you that I am happiest when I’m dirty. So this morning, it felt really good to be able to take my focus time outside!
As I greeted the dawn from my comfy seat in the middle of my newly energized ‘summer spot’, I was reminded of something Abraham Lincoln said that I’ve always taken as wise counsel:
As many of you know, blogging can be a demanding mistress – in all sorts of ways. What I hadn’t anticipated when I first hit the “publish” button, was the interest and support you have offered me in response to what I do in this corner of the blogosphere every week. I know it helps me. But to know that sometimes, it’s helped someone else too? You can’t buy that kind of satisfaction. I am truly grateful.
So with Life continuing to improve for me and Mine here, I’ve decided it’s time to sharpen my Soul’s ‘axe’ and step away from the blog to recharge, rejoice and generally be the goof ball that only I can be. And yet, I haven’t succumbed to one axe pun. If anyone asks why not, don’t axe me. I just write here
(OK, I couldn’t resist).
See you with a new post on June 9th, 2013.
Having assembled quite a library over what is now almost two-years into this blog-a-palooza, enjoy the ‘helps’ down the right hand margin of the home page.
I hope you find an essay you enjoy while I’m away. Later Gator.
DR. JOYCE BROTHERS
October 20, 1927 – May 13, 2013
(CNN) — Joyce Brothers, who pioneered the television advice show and was called the mother of media psychology, has died, her daughter said Monday. She was 85.
“She passed away peacefully and in her home … with her family all around her,” Lisa Brothers Arbisser said.
Brothers, whose charming, reassuring demeanor appealed to television audiences, became a television star as a game show contestant, a sports interviewer, then as a psychologist answering audience questions about relationships and other emotional subjects.
She grew her fame as a frequent guest on television talk shows and as an advice columnist for Good Housekeeping magazine for four decades and for newspapers throughout the United States.
She also made many cameo appearances parodying herself on television sitcoms and in movies.
She once told a reporter, “I don’t give advice. I just tell people, ‘This is what we know.’ “
But give advice was what she did, and America listened:
“Success is a state of mind. If you want success, start thinking of yourself as a success.”
“The best proof of love is trust.” “Marriage is not just spiritual communion and passionate embraces; marriage is also three meals a day, sharing the workload and remembering to carry out the trash.”
As I recently shared with Purple Mary 54 (MY ELECTRONIC JUKEBOX [http://myelectronicjukebox.wordpress.com]), here’s one my of deepest held musical favs.
So now, for a little Appalachian Spring, CLICK on the album cover; listen with me and watch Nature return as she has done for us since before any of us were born…compliments of Aaron Copeland.
PHOTO CREDITS and ATTRIBUTIONS: Villagers Celebrating a Wedding Feast Outside a Country Tavern by Matheus Van Helmont_Antwerp 1623_1679 Brussels: http://www.christies.com/LotFinder/lot_details.aspx?intObjectID=4700787; hanging-baskets-may: http://www.oakgardensnursery.com/products-services-2/hanging-baskets/; Abe-lincoln-sharpening-the-axe: http://www.happyquotesworld.com/2012/05/sharpen-your-axe-inspirational-story.html ; SummerLibrary-315×200: http://www.westportlibrary.org/teens/get-ready-summer-reading
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