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Make it YOUR Happy New Year...

A young couple moved into a new neighborhood.

The next morning while they are eating breakfast, the young woman sees her neighbor hanging the laundry outside.

"That laundry is not very clean", she said. "She doesn't know how to wash correctly. Perhaps she needs better laundry soap."

Her husband looked on, but remained silent. Every time her neighbor would hang her laundry to dry, the young woman would make the same comments.

Several weeks later, the woman was surprised to see a nice clean laundry on the line and said to her husband: "Look, she has learned how to wash correctly. I wonder who taught her this?"

The husband replied, "I got up this morning and cleaned our windows."

Excerpt from "Solomon in All His Glory"

The problem seems to be occupational or habitually related to take-out sushi, as if we need the risk that comes with standing under the bridge of deliberate disobedience.

Milton knew that and so did his students for centuries thereafter. What good is all this brain scribble without a walk in the woods and babbling brooks?

Why is it that only naughtiness buys a ticket to the park of endless rides on our favorite merry-go-round?

Once there was a silly little space that was considered sacred... it even had a name. But that was long ago before valium video games and bad TV.

Maybe that's why it's time to open it up and let it all out, unbraiding all the ugliness into natural intentions yet still keeping their waves after being slept on.

One time I thought it outrageous to let inconsistency mark up one's life like a bad dream or over-sized crayon, but that was before the alphabet became soup and the shareholders bought stocks in our neighborhood stores, forcing everyone to lock their patio doors.

Only the weak-hearted cooperated (so we thought)... because when we needed ourselves we could easily be scanned. That way, we were always available and could certainly feel ashamed without anyone ever thinking bad thoughts or otherwise.

Lord help us if the floor would ever swallow us up or anyone should be forced to eat their own cow pies!

In those days the neighbors cooperated. They always made sure they had enough socks to get lost in the dryer; even the lawn pitched in, relinquishing its clovers to vacant lots or love-me-nots more amenable.

--From Jesus and the Tooth Fairy, by Carol Adler

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