The Book of Silver Linings – a Pandemic Tale

The Book of Silver Linings – a Pandemic Tale

 

“Here come real stars to fill the upper skies,
And here on earth come emulating fireflies” —Robert Frost

I’ve always heard that optimism is a choice, and one that will, should it be made, secure better health, happiness, and a world of good vibrations for those around you. But truly, as one who has always preferred the power of optimism to the poison of negativity, I know it’s an extraordinarily complex choice and one that comes with an enormous commitment to hard work and constancy. It’s not an easy path to follow.

And so it has been during the Covid 19 pandemic of 2020. The more overwhelming it’s become, the harder it is to keep one’s head above water. And the longer it goes on, the more surreal the situation seems, leaving little room for positivism of any kind. That is. . . until everyone started talking about the silver linings winking at us out of the gloom. Initially, I assumed I was the only Pollyanna voice promoting that old-fashioned phrase, but soon found it was popping up all over the place, as if everyone had read the same social media post at the same time. Each one of us has found we have a long lists of things to be grateful for coming from the challenge of this new life thrust upon us. Continue Reading

Creatures of Culture

Creatures of Culture

“You don’t write a novel to salve a wound, but to bear witness.”- Jane Smiley It’s a big concept, Culture; a very large balloon surrounding the social behavior of human societies, as well as the laws, knowledge, beliefs, arts, traditions, abilities and habits of the individuals in these groups.  In the past, I’d usually thought… Continue Reading

Oh, Come All Ye Faithful!

Oh, Come All Ye Faithful!

 “A room without books is like a body without a soul.”― Marcus Tullius Cicero That decree to the masses, an order to arrive in Bethlehem to view the newborn son of God, suggests many things. Among them is the inference that there will be many of these ‘faithful’ who should put down whatever they’re doing and… Continue Reading

Success: profit or purpose?

Success: profit or purpose?

“Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value.” — Albert Einstein From his $5,000 suit to his subtle swagger and Mona Lisa smile, Harvey Specter is the epitome of success. The male protagonist of Amazon Prime’s movie, ‘Suits’, embodies achievement in the most commonly accepted meaning of the word.… Continue Reading

Aging

Aging

“Experience of life (not of books) is the only capital usable in such a book as you have attempted …” —Mark Twain Inward is not forward; it’s not backward, either. In fact, turning inward is going nowhere. Yet we’re so often told that’s what people do, quite naturally, as they age. Translate ‘naturally’ to mean,… Continue Reading