Letters of Life

Month: June 2012

Avoiding the Downbeat

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Sometimes it works out when one has lowered expectations of some upcoming event. It could be an occasion, a vacation, a visitation, an obligation. Random thoughts like these could flit across your mind: It might not be that fun. . . I have to watch my atttitude. . . I… Read More ›

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Gotta Love Geneva

Geneva has been described as “just a place with the UN buildings”, a city with nothing interesting, where the shopping is ‘boring.’ Yet I found this impressively clean city whose trains run like clockwork more than just a slice of modern Europe with “nothing much” to offer. Au contraire, as the French-speaking Swiss might say…. Read More ›

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Summer Breeze

The clouds have fled, the sunlight is strong, so strong the face burns. But there is solace in the green shade, where the pigeons coo. In the quiet town square, where the 13th century church stands gloriously silent, summer visitors stroll the cobbled lanes, passing French pattiseries and displays of handmade Italian ballet shoes.

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How to Get Good At Something Without Really Trying

This morning, I ran with a girl friend. At the end of the five-kilometre route, she said I was faster than before. What was my trick? I said I only ran once a week, and at most 7 km, if it came to that. Mostly, my runs averaged only 40 minutes. She pointed out that… Read More ›

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“In a person’s lifetime there may be not more than half a dozen occasions that he can look back to in the certain knowledge that right then, at that moment, there was room for nothing but happiness in his heart.” — Ernestine Gilbreth Carey, American author (1908–2006), Cheaper by the Dozen In the light of how… Read More ›

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A Word of Thanks

You read between the lines, listened in the midst of the busiest hour, and you understood, because you knew me and it mattered.

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These Golden Hours

You must have been warned against letting the golden hours slip by. Yes, but some of them are golden only because we let them slip by. -James M. Barrie, novelist and playwright (1860-1937) Last Sunday afternoon, several old classmates and I met at our alma mater, a mission girl’s school on a hill in the… Read More ›

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Featherglass’ Top Ten Posts Thus Far

It’s time for an update of the Top Ten Posts Thus Far on featherglass. The top post of all time is the one on the Top 10 Things To Do This Summer, written about a year ago today. Summer is long and slow, a marching band playing on a pier of long days and slow… Read More ›

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