The Colour of Thought

The philosophy of the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius, sometimes referred to as the “Philosophical Emperor,” can be found in a collection of personal writings called Meditations. These writings reflect the influence of Stoicism, an ancient Greek school of philosophy which taught that virtue, the highest good, is based on knowledge. The wise live in harmony…

Exquisite Expression of Love

Frida Kahlo once wrote to Diego Rivera: “Nothing compares to your hands, nothing like the green-gold of your eyes. My body is filled with you for days and days. You are the mirror of the night. The violent flash of lightning. The dampness of the earth. The hollow of your armpits is my shelter. My…

Said the Lady to the Man

When Nature gives a gorgeous rose, Or yields the simplest fern, She writes this motto on the leaves—To whom it may concern!” And so it is the poet comes And revels in her bowers, And, though another hold the land, Is owner of the flowers. John Godfrey Saxe To whom it may concern, and darling,…

Light Talks

Thomas Aquinas says something I want to say to you in a poem called, What Does Light Talk About? When you recognize her beauty,the eye applauds, the heart stands in an ovation,and the tongue when she is nearis on its best behavior,it speaks more like light. What does light talk about?I asked a plant that…

Thanks for Caring

To the countless moms and dads and teachers and mentors and health care workers and professional and unprofessional caregivers who offer their love, attention, and guidance to children everywhere, we thank you!

Go Round Again

The Virginia-born musician, Swamp Dogg, has just released a new album called “Sorry You Couldn’t Make It.” John Prine joins him on two songs, and in one them they ask life to let them go ‘round again. “Oh life, won’t you afford us another chance? Everything we put our hands on, we blew it. Women,…

DESTiNATiON

Hi there, handsome. I’ve been thumbing through my shoebox full of love letters, admiring your sentiments and penmanship. Your strong and orderly handwriting has a unique flair. Your lowercase i’s are playful and flirty amidst your capitals, and you often write in purple ink. I love opening the mail to find a good old-fashioned love…

She Nuts Up

Loving Rick Estrin & The Nightcats’ She Nuts Up. Oh, my woman’s just the sweetest little thing;she’s got brains, she’s got class, she’s so fine;but something bad musta happened to her back in the day,‘cause there’s so something wrong with her mind.Oh, she nuts up. Man, she nuts up. And it ain’t about if, naw,…

Voice of a Lifetime

Wish I had a name to address this letter to,that’s all I’ve wanted,your name, it’s been nine years,the night ended differently for both of us,it was such a strange sensation,some might call it an out of body experience,that whole weekend felt odd, Sundays usually are my days off,I worked a double that day,I remember every…

Playlists

I’m watching the Hulu series, High Fidelity, with Zoë Kravitz. The show’s tagline is: “Getting over heartbreak. One killer playlist at a time.” In Episode 2 of the show, Zoë details how to produce a memorable playlist. In her words: Making a playlist is a delicate art. It’s like writing a love letter, but better…

Anger

A proverb says,“The height of folly is to be quick-tempered. A mind at ease is life and health.” I never use the word folly. I roll with, Man, you look weird when you lose your temper. And all of us do, you know. But the proverb is right. Too much rage can bruise the soul. Marvin Gaye once…

Daydreaming

Dreams are illustrations … from the book your soul is writing about you. Marsha Norman Pulitzer Prize winner Marsha Norman is a playwright, screenwriter and novelist. She is the co-director of the Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program at Juilliard. Needless to say, her expertise and accomplishments are extensive. In an adaptation of Frances Hodgson…