By Ted Grussing
… and a new quote I have excerpted from Max Ehrmann’s book “Breaking Home Ties”; our daughter Joleen gave me a first edition copy of it a few years ago and highly recommend you pick a copy of it up if you get the chance. Plan to add a number of new excerpts in the next week or so and perhaps put the full text of some of the shorter poems in. Desiderata was also written by Max and for years I was under the impression that it was by Anon found in Old St. Paul’s Church circa 1684. The language and syntax didn’t really seem like that period, but never gave it a thought and always had a copy of it on my desk or wall. About five years ago a friend told me that it was in fact written by Max Ehrmann and I then began a study of him, bought all his works and delved further into his writings and mind … and I liked what I found. Max passed in 1945 and happy to report that he wrote Desiderata in the last century, not the 17th century.
The Philosophy and Photography salon at the Mary D. Fisher theater on Saturday went very well … so I am told. I also got a good feel on how I want to do the next one and if you attended this one and liked it I think you will enjoy the next one even more. We will explore the expansive views of our world with many airscapes, seascapes, landscapes and a macro and inner view of that which we see every day … such as the rose in the attached photo tonight. It is fun to lose yourself in the beauty within and explore your mind and where we fit into it all. Beauty, friendship and love is everywhere … just be open to it … and share a smile with someone today … makes the day a little better for everyone just knowing that someone out there gave a warm smile to another.
The sunrise this morning was beautiful with the clouds and if rain is not imminent in the morning I may try to be up there before the sun rises and capture the beauty. Busy week underway and thanks again to everyone who showed up yesterday … Andrea and I enjoyed it very much too.
Cheers … Smiles
I pondered many hours in idleness,
And ill content grew fast upon my thoughts;
For was this right that I should eat and live
By that another through his toil had earned?
But one good hope then fed my hungry soul:
That I should live by what my hands could do.
— Max Ehrmann
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