It occurs to me that I am old and disabled with advantages. I have a woman friend with whom I share, and we confidently made the decision not to marry. We agree that our friendship and our singleness is an advantage. She went with me to have my eyes examined expecting to help me choose new glasses. She wants the shape and color of the glasses to enhance my appearance. I am primarily concerned that I see. But appearances are important. Having such a friend is to my advantage.
My Friend and I enjoy reading the novels on my kindle. The climatic two chapters of a fictional story of love and faith which we just finished reading had us laughing and crying. Our pastor told his congregation that reading fiction makes us more empathetic to others. Having a kindle to download books for our enjoyment and growth is an advantage.
A woman who eats at a table near me in the dining room overheard me say that I only had one brother and no sisters, and that I had been looking for a sister all my life. She said, “I will be your sister!” Her name is Ramona. We found that a few people she knew in Michigan I had learned to know in Florida. Having gained a sister in my ninetieth year is an advantage. She has a tender heart and a sensitive conscience.
An Elkhart County music teacher was invited to bring 15 fourth grader students to our men’s fellowship to demonstrate their skills. In the El Sistema system of teaching she uses ukuleles and recorders as instruments to enhance social skills. Get a “ted talk” by clicking here that shows how the brain lights up when a student plays an instrument. Perhaps previous generations of Mennonites would have developed better social skills if they had promoted more use of instruments in their congregations.
Today’s email brought Goshen College Bulletin Points. The college is offering a new minor on teaching the El Sistema system to future music teachers. The release also offers an encounter with Sarah Thompson, director of Peacemaker Teams. Her MLK day speech was interrupted by a heckler, and Sarah gave a live demonstration of a non-violent response. That alone makes her speech worth listening to. Click here and learn from this powerful human speech.
Life lived is living
peace with friends and enemies
by returning good