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, he…

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 have…

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, without…

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 Beecher…

A Philosopher On Joy

Plato had many day jobs: philosopher, mathematician and writer. On the side, he happened to be the founder of the Academy in Athens, the first institution of higher learning in the Western world. He had a famous teacher, Socrates, who was always in some sort of trouble.  Even today, Plato is copiously quoted and revered…

Joy to the World – December 17, 2012

Joy to the world, the Lord is come! Let earth receive her King; Let every heart prepare Him room, And Heaven and nature sing, And Heaven and nature sing, And Heaven, and Heaven, and nature sing. Isaac Watts, based on Psalm 98 Published in 1719 According to my calendar, Christmas is but eight days away…