In A.A. Milne's classic children's story Winnie the Pooh, the beloved anthropomorphic bear asks Piglet, "What day is it?" "It's today," squeaked Piglet. "My favorite day," Pooh replied. Pooh's profound message, it seems, is that it's so important for us to appreciate the moment we're in -- a moment that won't last forever -- despite whatever wishes we might have to hold tight to the most precious events in our lives. And we hear compelling echoes of that very wise insight from Rabbi Sarah Mack.
Youthful frolic. Remember those days, filled with all manner of excursions on the wild side, curiosity-driven cavorting, and adolescent drama? For sure, these sorts of endeavors often amount to nothing more than spontaneous delights, perhaps with a little hedonism in there for good measure. But as we hear from Frederick Massie, on occasion these moments are filled with profound, sometimes deeply disquieting lessons.
Frederick Massie is the Rhode Island Bar Association's Director of Communications and Editor of the Rhode Island Bar Journal. A graduate of Brown University, his wide-ranging experience includes work as an educator, writer and advocate.
Have you had those moments when you let your imagination run wild, conjuring up all manner of outside-the-box fantasies and alternate realities? Isn't it fun at times to view the world through radically different lenses that take us out of the more prosaic lives we lead? Leave it to Dr. Seuss to say it so well: “Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!” And we hear similar sentiments from Denis Roche.
Denis Roche is a children's book author and illustrator. She lives in South County with her husband, four daughters and a vast community of chipmunks. She is currently at work on a novel for children.
Middle age is such an odd phrase, with all of its complex connotations. For some the term conjures up images of crisis that's met with the stereotypic purchase of, say, a red sports car or other misguided impulses. For others middle age suggests a sort of quiescence that's too hard to achieve in adolescence and young adulthood. As we hear from Tina Egnoski, middle age can bring with it its own special wisdom.
There's a well known Yiddish expression you may have heard: Der mentsh trakht un Got lakht. Translation: Man plans and God laughs. How often does it happen that your best laid plans get turned upside down by some unexpected development in your life? As Harry Sterling reminds us in this encore essay, sometimes what lands on our doorsteps -- both literally and figuratively -- has a way of reminding us not to be too confident when we map out our paths in life.