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SLOW LIFE: THE SMALL, HAPPY LIFE

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Op-ed columnist for The New York Times David Brooks maintains The Road to Character Blog, The Conversation, where readers share and submit their personal perspective and experience in relation to the purpose of life. Fascinating reading.

Recently, Brooks wrote an opinion piece for the New York Times, The Happy, Small Life, in reflection of the overarching theme he gleaned from the submitted essays. Elizabeth Young’s essay includes two stories, about a guru who had died and a woman admired far and wide for the daffodils in her front yard.

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LUDWIG’S BLESSING

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After at least a two decade hiatus (maybe more), I recently returned to piano lessons. I’ve been studying and playing the since the day my parents propped me up on a piano stool. I have always loved it, and I have sometimes hated it. But I have owned that I am a pianist and this is the beloved instrument of my expression. 

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WHAT ONO IMAGINED

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"She quietly expected great things to happen to her, and no doubt that’s one of the reasons why they did." — Zelda Fitzgerald
 
A few days ago, something in the New York Times caught my eye and made me smile … it seems that mainstream media is catching on to one of my favorite spiritual laws.
 
"In 1971, Yoko Ono pretended that she had a solo show of her work at the Museum of Modern Art. Her real one opens on Sunday."  Wait. Yoko PRETENDED she had an art show and now she does? I don't think I've ever read about a better example of the law of attraction. 

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HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT - LESSONS FROM THE BLUEBERRY PATCH

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One of the joys of living in Temecula is the arrival of blueberry season. These are no ordinary, tasteless ones.  Oh, no...they are huge (think dime-sized) and sweetly delicious. We are lucky that the Temecula Berry Company is nearby with their rows and rows of bushes. This year, thanks to some early heat, they opened three weeks early, and the bushes are bursting with fruit. 

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LOVE IS A MANY VEGGIE THING

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I'll admit that when I first moved to Southern California from New York 13 years ago, I didn't know all that much about vegetables beyond cutting some carrots and celery for crudités when I had guests over for dinner. I'll also admit that dinner parties were rare in my one-bedroom apartment with a galley kitchen. And while we're having true confessions, I will tell you that IF I bought a head of garlic, I'd use one clove and it would be so long before I needed any more, the rest of the head would shrivel and dehydrate hidden in a corner of my kitchen counter.

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