Reactions: A Story & A Song

I’m noticing two major reactions to the “stay-at-home” orders.

Which one is your way of coping?

  1. Get really busy with projects, walking, cleaning, etc. or
  2. Veg-out with TV, reading, music, and other “less active” diversions.

Guess which group I’m in?? The latter. Aside from the essentials (connecting with family and friends, meditating/praying, and light exercising), what’s keeping me “busy?” NOTHING!

After a life-time of achieving this and that, my reaction is to just relax, and indulge in whatever tickles my fancy. And I’m loving it!

For example, I just spent a couple hours on the lanai listening to two of my favorite entertainers: the beloved Brazilian crooner, Caetano Veloso and our Michigan favorite, Vienna Teng. Here’s a story from Brazil and a song of hope from Teng.

Seen in Brazil: A Puzzling Crazy-Quilt

In 1974, I lived in Sao Paulo while my second husband worked with IBM computer systems. 

One day, I accompanied a Brazilian friend to her dentist appointment.  Up, up we went to the 40th story of one of the many famous Niemeyer skyscrapers dotting the Sao Paulo skyline. 

While in the waiting room, I read an article about the survivors of a recent “towering inferno” fire in this very same town. The scandal was that this modern-era skyscraper had no fire-protections and, as a result, many lives were lost.  

Perhaps it was this story that drew me to the window to peer down from the great height.  At first, I couldn’t make sense of what I saw:  a multi-colored quilt of shiny turtle-tops. 

What could it be?  As I studied the image far below me, I realized I was looking at many hundreds of Volkswagen “bugs” parked in a huge dirt parking lot.

At that time, about 80% of Brazilians owned VWs, with only a few color choices. Imagine the difficulty of finding your very own yellow bug (the color of mine) in a huge parking lot!  

The inventive “Paulistas” had solved this urban puzzle by parking all the yellow cars in one section, the blue ones in another, and so on.  The result was this bumpy, shiny quilt seen from the dizzying height above. I wish I had taken a picture!

A Song of Hope from Vienna Teng

“The Atheist Christmas Carol” isn’t only about the holidays and it’s not really “atheist.” It’s about HOPE, the best reaction we can have during uncertain times. Listen to this gorgeous song here, posted with its lyrics!

Savor these lines especially. “Don’t forget, don’t forget, I love, I love, I love you.”

Vienna reportedly said, “I don’t have enough faith to be an atheist.” Hmmm.

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Gigi Langer, 34 years sober, holds a Ph.D. in Psychological Studies in Education and an MA in Psychology, both from Stanford University. Through her writing, coaching, and speaking, Gigi has helped thousands of people improve their lives at home and work. A former professor of teacher education at Eastern Michigan University, she lives in Michigan and Florida with her husband, Peter, and Murphy, their cat.

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WE ARE THE LUCKIEST: You’ll love Laura’s smart-ass honesty and inspiration. 5 stars!

Laura McKowen’s new book, “We are The Luckiest” just came out and I had a chance to review an advance copy.

This book is so original—not “just another sobriety story.” She offers key ideas for waking up to a clean life of happiness and possibility. And she does it with her trademark smart-ass humor plus honesty and beauty.

An example of her honesty: “I thought drinking brought me into more depth, but it was an artificial amplification of only a few emotions.“

Check out the beauty of her writing: “We get to walk as humble guests, not troubled ones, with our feet in the mud and our hearts stretched toward the sky.“

You’re going to love this book, whether you’re in recovery or not. Very wise and applicable to many different life challenges.

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(I wrote this 12/28 but couldn’t send it then, so here it is!) Peter and I are in Baton Rouge, driving to FL after a wonderful Xmas with my sister in Ft. Worth TX. We had a great time! Here I am with the Rusty, her Quarter Horse.

I grew up west of Chicago in Oakbrook–a Mecca for horses, so I got to ride a lot. There’s nothing like burying your nose in the dusty warm smell of a horse’s neck!

Many young people dream of riding a horse, and only realize that dream later in life, as did some of my good friends. What a gift that is!

What dreams have you held and then forgotten? Perhaps it’s an old hobby, or a new interest. Search your heart to see what makes it leap in anticipation.

I’ve always dreamed of seeing the Grand Canyon, and this year I plan to fulfill that dream! Can’t wait!

I hope you discover a new and exciting part of your life in this first year of the new decade. Each and every minute is precious!

Thanks again for your interest in my writing and musings. You keep me on my toes!!😘

Meet My Buddy, Harriet Hunter

Harriet Hunter and I met online through a FaceBook group for writers. We hit it off immediately and began to exchange e-mails and encourage one another.

You see, we were each about to launch our books. And we couldn’t stand the excitement! I offered to do an advance review of “Miracles of Recovery,” and my glowing words now appear on the back cover!

This book is a wonderful gift for anyone in recovery.

I read it every day.

If you’d like a sample, listen to the recording below as Harriet Hunter reads “The Gift of Faith.”

I know you’ll love her infectious enthusiasm for life.

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One day, Harriet emailed me about a book fair she was attending about three hours from me. We decided to share a table to showcase our books. We had never met face-to-face until that weekend, and we became fast friends immediately!

Get to know Harriet through her wonderful website, She’s a star!