I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now!

A few weeks ago I received Sally Cronin’s invitation to participate in a series of posts that would explore the idea of “I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now!” Sally Cronin writes: “I am sure like me, there have been times when you have wondered what difference might have been made to yourContinue reading “I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now!”

Welcoming Spring with a Little ‘Joy’ from J.S. Bach

“There’s nothing remarkable about it. All one has to do is hit the right keys at the right time and the instrument plays itself.” Johann Sebastian Bach Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring,” recognized simply as “Joy,” has been played at weddings and funerals, graduations and special milestones and events. Without question, it is one ofContinue reading “Welcoming Spring with a Little ‘Joy’ from J.S. Bach”

A Writer On Joy

“The marvelous richness of human experience would lose something of rewarding joy if there were no limitations to overcome. The hilltop hour would not be half so wonderful if there were no dark valleys to traverse.” Helen Keller Today, I spoke with a friend who has experienced great sadness over the past few years.  And yet, heContinue reading “A Writer On Joy”

A Scholar On Joy

“Participate joyfully in the sorrows of the world. We cannot cure the world of sorrows, but we can choose to live in joy.” Joseph Campbell I always wondered who coined the catchy phrase, “follow your bliss.”  The complexity of thought in these three simple words strikes to the core of our being.  Most of us haveContinue reading “A Scholar On Joy”

A Poet On Joy

“Find ecstasy in life; the mere sense of living is joy enough.” Emily Dickinson   Emily Elizabeth Dickenson lived a quiet, even reclusive life.  She was introverted and thought to be eccentric by those in her local community.  Yet, her soul was ignited by poetry. She wrote in private, penning nearly eighteen hundred poems, withoutContinue reading “A Poet On Joy”

A Social Reformer On Joy

  Henry Ward Beecher was a charismatic clergyman, reformer, abolitionist and speaker.  Born into a family that was famous for producing social crusaders, he was especially close to his sister, Harriet Beecher Stowe, the writer of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.” His other well-known siblings included educators, Catherine Beecher and Reverend Thomas Beecher, and activists Charles BeecherContinue reading “A Social Reformer On Joy”