Daily Archives: January 26, 2010

Sitting Quietly

Sitting Quietly

  • Sitting Quietly
    • Sharing the silence,
    • Exchanging thoughts,
    • Expressing desires,
    • Exposing long hidden passions…
  • Sitting quietly,
    • Sharing the moments,
    • Exchanging vows,
    • Expressing ideas,
    • Exposing loving memories.
  • Sitting quietly,
    • Sharing the sorrow,
    • Exchanging hugs,
    • Expressing love,
    • Exposing glimpses of our soul.
  • Sitting quietly loving each other.

Originally written December 28, 1994

Have you seen a couple just sitting holding hands
not talking just quietly sitting side by side.  They
could be looking at a sunset, traffic going by, or
just looking at their back yard.    I lived in a small
village Ahmeek in Keweenaw County in Upper
Michigan.  It has 5 streets one block long.  The
village folk were of Finnish, Croatian, and Cornish
heritage.  I grew up speaking three languages; Finnish
Croatian and English.  I can still cuss in Finnish and
a few other words. They are friendly folks inviting
neighbors in for a bowl of soup and bread or to use the
sauna. Young folks over age 18 usually go south to
Detroit or Milwaukee.  So the town is made of middle
and  elderly folks.  A few of the younger folks come
back when they find they cannot stand the big city life.

When I lived there it was not unusual to see couples
and families on the porches quietly sitting and watching
the hills and possibly the weather coming over the hills.
There was a bench in front of the post office where men
waited for their friends or wife who was shopping in the
small grocery store next door.  It was a meeting place.
Oh yes, there was also a tavern where the hard rock
copper miners came after a day underground to talk to
their friends and have shot and a beer.  It is a slow-paced
life where each moment is treasured.  

I guess it is in my blood because I like to sit and watch
the sunrise, sunset, stars, or people passing by.   Each
moment is treasured and stored away in my ribbon of

Family Traditions

  • Family Traditions
    • Today, living and loving with family,
    • Creating memorable moments drawing family close
    • Replaces estrangement with forgiveness, tolerance, and love.
    • Draws us near to relive memories.
    • Creating a yearning to recreate the event in celebration of the memory.
    • Provides the backdrop of our family
  • Traditions, a touchstone for our busy lives.


  • Originally written:  November 24, 1994   Thanksgiving

True Friendship is endurance

True Friendship is Endurance

  • True friendship is endurance and longevity rather than fitful intensity. 
  • As I have gained grey hair I have come to realize friendship grows with tolerance and time.  
  • I do not have many friendships.  They are rare and precious.
  • I have many acquaintances and co-workers, but they are fair weather sailers for the most part. 
  • When the sea gets rough they set their sails for the nearest port – any port – the closer the better.   
  • The “friend” does things you don’t like or even condone.  
  •  He or she allows you the same privilege. 
  •  She or he gives you the best advice without hard feelings if the advice is not followed. 
  • He or she listens keenly to what you have to say.
  • Somehow, there is communication, even when we struggle with each others actions or beliefs.
  • But the true test is her or his endurance during the trying times. 
  • It is the willingness to forgive and forget each others foibles and fits of contrariness. 
  • It is the desire to persevere together.


  • I treasure this friend for they are rare jewels. 

Originally  written     May 13, 1994   Feb

Friends – it matters not

  • Friends
    • Dearest, between friends as we are, days, weeks, months, even years.
    • A mile or 1,000 miles distance separating us does not separate our souls.
    • One day more or less, a month more or less, even a year more or less.
    • None matter.  The treasure is the sharing of the moment.
  • It matters not the “when” nor the “where.”

January 25, 2010   Feb

Friendship is the beginning of love.  It is the underpinnings of marriage when the passion of young love burns off with the passage of time.  It provides the defense against attacks from others.  It provides witness to the common values of shared love.