Friday, December 9, 2016

Thoughts - December 9, 2016

“The mind can be trained to relieve itself on paper.”
― Billy Collins.
I love this poet's (Laureate) sense of humor and dry observations of our human condition. This morning's quote reminds me of how I get too busy from October through December and don't have the time to 'relieve my mind' on paper. Stories bubble up and then fizzle out as I drive from place to work. I used to look forward to writing the 'perfect' holiday letter (whatever you think of mother sent out over 500 each year, along with the obligatory photo of us Almond five, and I still have folks tell me how much they miss it). I would sum up the year, throw in some observations about landscape, include a quote, brag on the boy, mention the wonder of the current pet(s), a bit about the workplace. It was a diary - a page per year. I've already received two such letters this year and I feel myself smiling, remembering our friendships. Perhaps it is time to add a page to the journal of life. - Beth Almond Ford

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