Sometimes, we forget that there is more to life than the news of the day. For most of the afternoon leading up to my writing of this column, I’ve …
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Sometimes, we forget that there is more to life than the news of
For most of the afternoon leading up to my writing of this
column, I’ve been pouring over the headlines of the day. I write on
Monday, so much of the news is concerning this anniversary of
Columbine with images of memorials and discussions about concealed
weapons on the airwaves.
Beyond that, stocks fell almost 300 points. There seems to be
something about the number 8,000 that makes the market a bit
A bill is moving through the state Legislature that makes it
easier for municipalities and school districts to issue
low-interest bonds to build schools and other infrastructure
projects that will get the economy moving again. It’s a nice
thought, but with statewide unemployment at 7.5 percent and a
little higher than that in the metro area, the same lack of
consumer confidence that killed bond initiatives in our area last
November is nowhere near subsiding, which makes any thought of
borrowing for new buildings basically a moot point right now.
The Denver Business Journal is reporting that venture capital
funds flowing into Colorado companies is down the first quarter of
the year. We are, “they” say, better off than the rest of the
country, but still…
Add that to the fact that my back still hurts after heaving one
shovel load of soggy snow after another off my driveway two days
ago and I’m left with a bit of a melancholy day on my hands.
I guess it’s all in the way you look at things.
As I was digging through our server looking at the copy for this
week’s papers, I came across a story that’s one of my favorites.
Some of you read it in our papers last week and the rest of you
will get it this week, but it’s about 11-year-old Amy Zhou meeting
91-year-old Joe Svozil Jr. They’re not related, so what in the
world could close the 80-year gap between these two?
Amy is a bit of a prodigy on the piano. Joe is a piano player
from way back who once played with Benny Goodman’s band. I doubt
Amy really appreciates that kind of history (even I only know
enough about it to show an appropriate measure of reverence for a
story like this until I can get to Google to figure it all out),
but that’s not really the point.
The point is, they found each other through a program meant to
span generations. The point is, Joe and Amy had a blast playing on
the same piano keyboard, even if Amy’s fingers were too small for
Joe to always see where they were going next.
The point is, life goes on and special things still happen and
there is nothing the economy, elections, unemployment, investment
capital or a stiff lower back can do about any of it. If we just
take the time to see these kinds of things, we’d have a much better
One of my favorite quotes from a Mark Twain scholar about the
writer’s great knack for humor in everyday life was that Twain was
a “prodigious noticer of things.” In other words, he saw great
things in scenes in which the rest of the world saw nothing. Who's
life was richer for it?
Take time to notice the good things, and the rest of it will
seem … manageable.
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