Thursday, May 18, 2017

Jack’s Winning Words 5/18/17
“To be able to look back upon one’s past life with satisfaction is to live twice.”  (Lord Acton)  I remember a lady who kept a scrapbook of each vacation that she and her husband took.  Lots of pictures, with notes under each.  She even included some menus.  I could tell that she enjoyed reliving those trips as she showed me the books.  Wedding anniversaries, retirements and reunions also give us a chance to look back and relive.  Have you done that recently?    ;-)  Jack

FROM ST PAUL IN ST PAUL:  memory is truly a wonderful gift even if not all the memories are good ones.  dementia can be the great thief of our lives.   our memories still seem to be quite sharp! ====JACK:  Some interesting thoughts from the song, Corners of Your Mind...
Into the corners of your mind,
Go dig and see
What you can find.
Torn rags of furious clouds,
And stars serene behind,
Down in the corners of your mind.

Into the corners of your mind,
There's treasures laid.
Don't be afraid.
Wishes all violent,
And tortured dreams betrayed,
Down in the corners of your mind.

Into the corners of your mind,
Go dig and raise
Into the light,
Torrent of endless waters
Falling from a height defined,
Into the corners of your mind.

Out of this treasury you choose
Stuff for your use,
And leave the rest.
Once it has seen the day
It will lie easy for a time
Down in the corners of your mind

FROM RI IN BOSTON:  I look back and relive all the time.  It's gives me a boost every day.  I like the way I can recall the good things so easily, and have forgotten most of the negative incidents.. ====JACK:  As we grow older, the more memories we have to choose from...and it's easier to pick out the good ones.  I feel sorry for the one who keeps mentally gazing at bad memories.

FROM HONEST JOHN:  We just visited Interlochen which Mary Lou attended on scholarship in 1957.   It was a way for me to connect to a part of her past that was very special for her,====JACK:  Interlochen is a Michigan treasure that is often overlooked.  This world is a better place because of the music and the musicians that have come from that place...Norah Jones, Josh Groban, Peter Yarrow and Kim Kashkashian (not Kardashian).

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  Joshua will graduate high school and get his Associates Degree next Spring.  Neil pulled out my scrapbooks and started to look at them.  We spent the better part of the evening looking over my scrapbooks.====JACK:  See....All that work is paying off.

FROM AW IN ILLINOIS:  Just looked at video made when I retired in 1990.... Was a great blessing to an old man.====JACK:  That's why writing a letter of appreciation is a good idea, too.

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