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BS: Happiest Moment in Time

Ebbie 03 Jun 10 - 08:52 PM
gnu 03 Jun 10 - 05:19 PM
kendall 03 Jun 10 - 05:08 PM
Big Mick 03 Jun 10 - 02:27 PM
LadyJean 30 Apr 10 - 11:45 PM
Neighmond 30 Apr 10 - 04:46 AM
kendall 29 Apr 10 - 07:50 AM
JennyO 28 Apr 10 - 11:18 PM
kendall 28 Apr 10 - 01:11 PM
Ebbie 28 Apr 10 - 11:09 AM
Donuel 28 Apr 10 - 10:03 AM
Micca 28 Apr 10 - 04:42 AM
KT 28 Apr 10 - 03:14 AM
kendall 27 Apr 10 - 07:51 PM
Micca 27 Apr 10 - 04:32 AM
KT 26 Apr 10 - 11:09 PM
kendall 26 Apr 10 - 08:02 PM
Dorothy Parshall 26 Apr 10 - 08:00 PM
Ebbie 26 Apr 10 - 05:00 PM
KT 26 Apr 10 - 04:21 PM
Ed T 26 Apr 10 - 02:39 PM
Greyeyes 26 Apr 10 - 01:58 PM
kendall 26 Apr 10 - 01:49 PM
Ed T 26 Apr 10 - 12:36 PM
Ebbie 25 Apr 10 - 02:22 PM
McGrath of Harlow 25 Apr 10 - 01:22 PM
Ebbie 25 Apr 10 - 12:24 PM
alanabit 25 Apr 10 - 03:06 AM
Micca 07 Aug 09 - 05:37 PM
GUEST,Lilyfestre 07 Aug 09 - 03:03 PM
Dorothy Parshall 07 Aug 09 - 02:56 PM
Jeri 07 Aug 09 - 09:24 AM
alanabit 07 Aug 09 - 03:34 AM
Ebbie 07 Aug 09 - 01:55 AM
Peace 07 Aug 09 - 01:43 AM
Little Hawk 07 Aug 09 - 01:37 AM
Ebbie 07 Aug 09 - 12:12 AM
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Amos 06 Aug 09 - 04:29 PM
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Little Hawk 05 Aug 09 - 09:29 PM
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Subject: RE: BS: Happiest Moment in Time
From: Ebbie
Date: 03 Jun 10 - 08:52 PM

Well, then, I'll chime in here too. That song, Mick and Kendall and Jacqui, and the occasion were perfect together. I've never been a crying person but it seems that the older I get the more often I tear up- or maybe it is just that I am more aware that, on occasion, tears are brilliantly appropriate. That was one of those.


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Subject: RE: BS: Happiest Moment in Time
From: gnu
Date: 03 Jun 10 - 05:19 PM

Awww guys... sniff


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Subject: RE: BS: Happiest Moment in Time
From: kendall
Date: 03 Jun 10 - 05:08 PM

I'm honored my friend.


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From: Big Mick
Date: 03 Jun 10 - 02:27 PM

Actually, Kendall, that would be one of my happiest moments as well. I have many, but as you know, when you put a lot into a moment, you are always fearful as to whether it will mean as much to those around you as it does to you. I tried very hard, in writing those words, to capture the love you and jacqui had, as well as the influences in your lives, and yet let it have a bit of Mick in there too. I makes me happier than I can tell you to know that you and your lovely bride were touched by it. I only sing that now when it is requested by the folks I wrote it for. I hope all is well with you.

Much love,

Mick


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Subject: RE: BS: Happiest Moment in Time
From: LadyJean
Date: 30 Apr 10 - 11:45 PM

I was 9. I'd just finished third grade, which was miserable. I had not yet caught the truly impressive case of chickenpox that would make that summer so memorable, or started the new school that would turn me into the recluse I am today.
I had a gray and white long haired male cat, who was my best friend int he world. He weighed over 30 pounds. He was a good natured, affectionate feline, and as far as I was concerned the greatest cat in the world.
In June, I entered him in a pet show sponsored by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. I think they didn't notice the other cats. Because he was named Grand Champion. I still have the trophy and ribbon somewhere. Coming home that night, I felt like a queen, and the next day I brought in the paper, and saw the cat and I on the front page. I don't think the cat cared. But it was a pretty glorious day for me.


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Subject: RE: BS: Happiest Moment in Time
From: Neighmond
Date: 30 Apr 10 - 04:46 AM

One of my very earliest memories was sitting next to my Grandpa in his old truck one Christmas eve. I was just the right height to have the heat from the registers blow right in my face, and had my hands on the gearshift feeling the motor as it ran. He was going slow, trying to see the road, because it was snowing, and still dark, or got dark already, and we were on some county road in the middle of nowhere. It could have been scary, but I was with Grandpa. When he got quiet and concentrated on the road, I listened to the radio, and when Paul Harvey came on with his daily program, and for some reason it was soothing. From that time hearing him on the radio always made me think of my grandpa and his old truck. Twenty-eight plus years later and I can still smell the cab of the truck and remember the way the snow looked like stars flying past, the dash lights reflected off of grandpa's glasses, and the gearshift felt under my hands.


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Subject: RE: BS: Happiest Moment in Time
From: kendall
Date: 29 Apr 10 - 07:50 AM

Jacqui and I married on the banks of the Housatonic river in Connecticut by none other than Sandy Paton, then at the Getaway Mick Lane sang a song he made for us. That's hard to top.


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Subject: RE: BS: Happiest Moment in Time
From: JennyO
Date: 28 Apr 10 - 11:18 PM

I seem to have been having more than my share of happy moments lately, and most of them have had something to do with my lovely new husband, Rob. We were married on Sunday at a folk festival, and you can't get better than that!

For the last few months I have been imagining what it would be like, getting married at this festival - at St Albans in NSW. It couldn't have been more perfect. The celebrant was a friend of mine, Judy Pinder, who was also performing at the festival. My favourite band, and my good friends, the Wheeze and Suck Band provided the music - they even learnt a couple of new songs just for us! Another friend, Jenny Lees, sang a song she had written for me, a lot of friends decorated the area, and I only saw it decorated just before I walked down the aisle, my long time friend Arch Bishop cooked a BBQ, my son gave me away, my daughter and freda underhill were my bridesmaids and my grandson was the pageboy. Black Joak Morris, the local Morris side, helped in all kinds of ways, including putting up a giant tarp for the reception. Rob hasn't known them long, but they have become good friends to both of us now. The reception turned into a session that went on into the early hours of the morning - as I hoped it would. The reality was even better than what I imagined it could be.

Out of all this, the most moving moment for me was when the Wheeze and Suck Band started to play a song we had asked them to learn - a lovely violin piece called Ciel D'Automne, which had become one of OUR songs, then I walked down the aisle to their version of Mingulay, which is beautiful. When I reached the front, there was another moment, when I looked around and saw all my best friends standing around me, and my beautiful Rob smiling at me. I'm experiencing it again now, just describing it!

And while I was typing, there was another moment when Rob put on Eddi Reader singing "My love is like a red red rose" - another one of OUR songs! Yes, the moments are coming thick and fast these days!


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Subject: RE: BS: Happiest Moment in Time
From: kendall
Date: 28 Apr 10 - 01:11 PM

It was cold and wet here all morning but now the sun is out and all is well and beautiful


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Subject: RE: BS: Happiest Moment in Time
From: Ebbie
Date: 28 Apr 10 - 11:09 AM

Well put, Donuel. Those moments of epiphany are glorious.


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Subject: RE: BS: Happiest Moment in Time
From: Donuel
Date: 28 Apr 10 - 10:03 AM

I would have to say the happiest moment in time is the present one. If it is not particularly happy then the next happiest moment is the best one.

On a clear extra crisp spring day like today everything I see is as though I am a camera. Afterall a camera is only a tool to teach you how to see more deeply. I watch the dog run through tall grass and pause in a clearing to strike a pose of a majestic appreciation for the wind, meadows, sky, and only when the wind changes and goes under her thick shiney coat does she break the pose and take a grass bath wiggling on her back.
I watch a woman trying to back into a narrow parking space at the recreationcenter with one hand while clinging to her cell phone. Six attempts going back and forth is not enough to line up correctly, all the while tenaciously gripping the phone toher ear.
The new yellow green of the trees is a refreshing mint to my eyes when I notice one tree that last year bore unusual tiny yellow orange fruit but now looks dead and naked without a single leaf. Perhaps last winter was too much for this non native tree.

These moments are not the ones we ever mention to others but just the collection of moments that we can feel deeply about when we see as if we were looking through a camera.


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Subject: RE: BS: Happiest Moment in Time
From: Micca
Date: 28 Apr 10 - 04:42 AM

KT, an evening would not be complete without "Dry-land synchronised swimming"


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Subject: RE: BS: Happiest Moment in Time
From: KT
Date: 28 Apr 10 - 03:14 AM

But Micca, was there synchronized dry land swimming?

Kendall, bring that guy back up here. And that gal, too!


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Subject: RE: BS: Happiest Moment in Time
From: kendall
Date: 27 Apr 10 - 07:51 PM

Micca, truer words were never spoken.
Last Monday our friend Gordon Bok came for dinner and a lay over after a gig in Mass. We had a couple of "hair of the dog" that really didn't bite anyone and a jolly good time with just the three of us. He even asked Jacqui if he might sing with her. Always the gentleman.


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Subject: RE: BS: Happiest Moment in Time
From: Micca
Date: 27 Apr 10 - 04:32 AM

On reflection, it is amazing how many of the happiest moments of the last 10 years includes folks I met and know from on Mudcat!!!
I have noticed something else too, It usually cannot be "planned" for!!! the best and happiest times grow naturally from events and situations, spontaneously.
A small example
I was visiting friends and was due to travel early next day, The person I was staying with and I were going to have a meal and a quiet evening, we decided almost by accident to include another friend, and 2 more called to say goodbyes and decided to join us, and out of this grew an evening of music and singing (as the Irish so eloquently state "drink was taken") and laughing that was just perfect, everything just clicked together and we all went away from that happy and knowing we had shared something special, A truly Golden evening, remembered with a warm glow.


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Subject: RE: BS: Happiest Moment in Time
From: KT
Date: 26 Apr 10 - 11:09 PM

Well, Eb, Dorothy, Kendall, and anyone - no time like the present to start jotting them down! I keep a gratitude journal and there's plenty in there to start with - Just need to elaborate and refine, and put into a book with a new title - hmmm.... Let's get writing, gang!
KT


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Subject: RE: BS: Happiest Moment in Time
From: kendall
Date: 26 Apr 10 - 08:02 PM

KT I've been meaning to do this for some time now.


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Subject: RE: BS: Happiest Moment in Time
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 26 Apr 10 - 08:00 PM

Terrific idea, KT! I shall have to try to find time for that. In fact, I shall open a happiness file right now! Just to remind me.


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Subject: RE: BS: Happiest Moment in Time
From: Ebbie
Date: 26 Apr 10 - 05:00 PM

Wow, KT. Yes.


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Subject: RE: BS: Happiest Moment in Time
From: KT
Date: 26 Apr 10 - 04:21 PM

How did I miss this thread the first time around?   Reading it and all of the beautiful, wondrous moments being recollected here is enough to make me happy right now.

I have so many of my own-I'll collect my thoughts and post later.

But this does make me think - Shouldn't we all author our own "My Happiest Moments" - put them in some book form and leave them to our children, grandchildren, dear friends? What a treasured gift that would be!

KT


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Subject: RE: BS: Happiest Moment in Time
From: Ed T
Date: 26 Apr 10 - 02:39 PM

"We were so happy. We knew we were saved."

Quote from a personm who experienced the liberation of Holland...WW2.

The liberation of a people or nation from tyrany must rank high?

http://www2.canada.com/courierislander/news/story.html?id=60c48f58-add0-4ddb-b2a3-d7a419127545


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Subject: RE: BS: Happiest Moment in Time
From: Greyeyes
Date: 26 Apr 10 - 01:58 PM

Probably a bit off topic but I love this passage from Gibbon.
"If a man were called to fix the period in the history of the world, during which the condition of the human race was most happy and prosperous, he would, without hesitation, name that which elapsed from the death of Domitian to the accession of Commodus. The vast extent of the Roman empire was governed by absolute power, under the guidance of virtue and wisdom. The armies were restrained by the firm but gentle hand of four successive emperors, whose characters and authority commanded involuntary respect. The forms of the civil administration were carefully preserved by Nerva, Trajan, Hadrian, and the Antonines, who delighted in the image of liberty, and were pleased with considering themselves as the accountable ministers of the laws."
Edward Gibbon: The Decline And Fall Of The Roman Empire.


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Subject: RE: BS: Happiest Moment in Time
From: kendall
Date: 26 Apr 10 - 01:49 PM

The first time I met Utah Phillips face to face and he yelled KENDALL! and gave me a bear hug.

There are certain people who always make me glad to be around when they enter a room. I won't name names, but they know who they are.

Being nominated for a grammy was certainly a happy making moment.


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Subject: RE: BS: Happiest Moment in Time
From: Ed T
Date: 26 Apr 10 - 12:36 PM

Since happiness is realative, my happiest moment in time was when I realized that that moment was my happiest moment in time...for so far, that is.


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Subject: RE: BS: Happiest Moment in Time
From: Ebbie
Date: 25 Apr 10 - 02:22 PM

Tell us about them, Kevin?


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Subject: RE: BS: Happiest Moment in Time
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 25 Apr 10 - 01:22 PM

Can you have Moments that aren't in Time?


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From: Ebbie
Date: 25 Apr 10 - 12:24 PM

"You are happy when you delight in what you have and you are unhappy when you mourn for what you can not have." alanabit

That is probably true but memory itself is such a potent force. Contrary to what I understood Little Hawk to be saying, my experience has been that when I go back and relive a happy moment of then it makes me happy now. And not in a morbid way. The happiness spills over and makes better whatever and wherever I am.

One blazingly happy moment was when I stood in the hospital corridor around the corner from the delivery room where my daughter was giving birth to twins.

A nurse hurries out, a bundle in her arms, and stops in front of 'Grandma'. She pulls back the coverlet and there with a little blue cap on his tiny head is my grandson. His face is wizened and old but alert, even astonished, and his eyes look like Billy Joel.


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Subject: RE: BS: Happiest Moment in Time
From: alanabit
Date: 25 Apr 10 - 03:06 AM

Reading back over Jeri's and Dorothy's posts, I was reminded of something I have long believed: You are happy when you delight in what you have and you are unhappy when you mourn for what you can not have.
A lot of the happiest people I know are gardeners. They embrace the circle of life and death with optimism and without regret. I'm still working on it!


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Subject: RE: BS: Happiest Moment in Time
From: Micca
Date: 07 Aug 09 - 05:37 PM

Jeri, for some reason your posting reminded me very strongly of This Poem by G.K.Chesterton


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Subject: RE: BS: Happiest Moment in Time
From: GUEST,Lilyfestre
Date: 07 Aug 09 - 03:03 PM

Sometimes the happiest moments for me are when I can be at home with my husband doing whatever it is that we find interesting at that time. Falling into my own bed sometimes brings about a great sense of happiness too.

   Now, given that, there are plenty of other happiest moments...but for now, given my current situation, the two above rank pretty high.

I love reading what has been written and will be back to post something else in more detail as time allows.

Michelle


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Subject: RE: BS: Happiest Moment in Time
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 07 Aug 09 - 02:56 PM

"Some last longer than others, but it's getting to be longer between times of real happiness and they don't last as long. Mostly they feel like reminders of what I can't have. These days, the times feel like crumbs, little pieces of what fell off somebody else's cake. A hug here, a few words, a song, a sunny day and a vague memory that there used to be somebody I could share this stuff with. Too much looking backward, I think. Then again, maybe this is how a life winds down. I don't know. I never grew this old before."

Oh dear! I was there for awhile though I did not realize it as well as you do. But now, I know why I am still here; still giving and receiving great pleasure and happiness; As happy as I have ever been in my life. Giving, sharing, receiving, loving, living each day to the utmost. Just around the next turn of the road, something new and interesting; dear long time friends; dear new friends; so many special people, so much good music and wonderful musicians. Life is full of joy, peace, calm, happiness. It has been a long intricate journey to this place. I gave myself much sorrow and experienced much joy and happiness. Now I can choose (usually) to let go of the pain and flourish in the joy, at last believing that I am appreciated &/or loved by many people. It is the believing that is difficult, yes?


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Subject: RE: BS: Happiest Moment in Time
From: Jeri
Date: 07 Aug 09 - 09:24 AM

Not one moment I can pin down.

Being small enough to sit in my daddy's lap on Sunday mornings and 'reading' the newspaper with him.
Exploring the creek in back of the house and the land along it. Swimming in the back yard in April when that creek flooded. (My parents were not happy.)
Ice skating parties on the creek when the neighbors came over and we had hot chocolate with marshmallows to defrost.
Fishing with my dad and catching a carp which didn't survive and, according to what he told me was an old American Indian tradition, burying it under a young tree to fertilize it.
Halloween nights, running wild through the woods, not to mention the populated areas of the neighborhood.
Summers at the pool: volleyball and swimming after dark. I would have grown gills if I'd figured out how.
Riding horses.
Fox Hollow Folk Festival. Every one of them, all the time spent there. At least the parts I can remember, because I had a Good Time.
A late night cabin at the Getaway and laughing until I got a cramp in my face.
A garden in Toronto in July of 2002.
Somebody unexpectedly taking hold of my hand and leaving me with a disproportionate surge of joy.
Dinners and gardens and stories, new friends, other people's families, sharing confidences and feeling like I matter, and laughing.

Some last longer than others, but it's getting to be longer between times of real happiness and they don't last as long. Mostly they feel like reminders of what I can't have. These days, the times feel like crumbs, little pieces of what fell off somebody else's cake. A hug here, a few words, a song, a sunny day and a vague memory that there used to be somebody I could share this stuff with. Too much looking backward, I think. Then again, maybe this is how a life winds down. I don't know. I never grew this old before. For now, there is music and color and feathered jewels that don't worry about how their lives are so short. There are words and songs and sunny days, and there are these memories.

From Northbound 35 by Jeffrey Foucault:
Mustang horses, champagne glasses
Anything frail anything wild
It's the price of living motion
What's beautiful is broken
And grace is just the measure of a fall

It's just flashes that we own
Little snapshots
Made from breath and from bone
And out on the darkling plain alone
They light up the sky


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Subject: RE: BS: Happiest Moment in Time
From: alanabit
Date: 07 Aug 09 - 03:34 AM

Not here it ain't. It's tomorrow for all of you!


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Subject: RE: BS: Happiest Moment in Time
From: Ebbie
Date: 07 Aug 09 - 01:55 AM

A moment ago. right


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From: Peace
Date: 07 Aug 09 - 01:43 AM

It was . . .


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From: Little Hawk
Date: 07 Aug 09 - 01:37 AM

It's still now. Isn't that just the weirdest thing?


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Subject: RE: BS: Happiest Moment in Time
From: Ebbie
Date: 07 Aug 09 - 12:12 AM

pah :)


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Subject: RE: BS: Happiest Moment in Time
From: Little Hawk
Date: 06 Aug 09 - 10:35 PM

Yes ma'am! ;-D


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Subject: RE: BS: Happiest Moment in Time
From: Ebbie
Date: 06 Aug 09 - 10:32 PM

Go fish. :)


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From: Little Hawk
Date: 06 Aug 09 - 10:31 PM

And now I am happy because I'm thinking about dachshunds! They are so cute and amusing.


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Subject: RE: BS: Happiest Moment in Time
From: Little Hawk
Date: 06 Aug 09 - 10:16 PM

Well, Ebbie, what I was thinking is....the only time one can experience happiness is in the present. And that's now. ;-) One always experiences it now. There's no getting away from that. Now is the only time we EVER experience...

One can also choose to be unhappy now. So I was figuring, why not choose to be happy? And why not right now?

One could theoretically decide to be happy tomorrow...instead of now. But when tomorrow arrived, it would still be now. ;-)

Anything could give me happiness now...if I chose to relate to it in that way. Some things would no doubt be a lot easier than others, but it would still be up to me. There are millions of things I could decide to be happy about now...just by focusing on them in that fashion. I am happy, for instance, that I know a lot of good stuff about guitars and enjoy playing them. Just one example.


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Subject: RE: BS: Happiest Moment in Time
From: Ebbie
Date: 06 Aug 09 - 05:08 PM

Little Hawk, I certainly don't disagree with you. There are many good things about right now, right this minute, but I think we are talking not about pleasure, per se, but about happiness. If you wish to detail what gives you happiness *right now*, I'd love to hear it.


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Subject: RE: BS: Happiest Moment in Time
From: Amos
Date: 06 Aug 09 - 04:29 PM

LH:

See? There ya go again... :D



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Subject: RE: BS: Happiest Moment in Time
From: alanabit
Date: 06 Aug 09 - 05:02 AM

Why not indeed LH? Just two nights ago I was cycling through our nature reserve. There was a full moon up and Jupiter too. I could take in the magic of the shimmer on the Rhine. The moonlight spangled the lake and I rode around it again just to take more of it in.
Most of space is just that - dark, cold emptiness. We get to live on this gorgeous island of life. Mustn't grumble, must we?


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Subject: RE: BS: Happiest Moment in Time
From: Little Hawk
Date: 05 Aug 09 - 09:29 PM

Why not right now? ;-)


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Subject: RE: BS: Happiest Moment in Time
From: frogprince
Date: 05 Aug 09 - 07:14 PM

No children of my own. But, thirty years ago, I was interning as pastor of a small church just above Minnesota in Canada. A local couple, not members of the church, asked me to be present for the home birth of their child. All went well. Within a few minutes after the actual "arrival", someone asked me to step out to their pump and get a bucket of water. I found myself out there singing the old traditional doxology, at about the top of my lungs.

And a small moment, but one that brought tears to my eyes. A lady of mudcat, at the time providing day care for her little niece, told me that, as soon as the child awoke, she was going to start teaching her a little children's song I wrote.


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Subject: RE: BS: Happiest Moment in Time
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 05 Aug 09 - 06:47 PM

The moment I held my grandson, only two hours after he was born.

The expression on his face when he was surprised by horticultural mist rising around him - perplexed but interested, followed by "Oh this is OK!" at one year of age.

The beautiful smile on a friend's face after I referred to him, affectionately as "doofus". "Oh, doofus is it?" Wish I had a photo. Never did a 60 year old look more like a four year old given a gift of great worth!

Receiving a response to a message, from someone with whom I had no contact in 35 years. It started, "Dorothy! How wonderful!!" And began the transformation of my self concept and, hence, my life.

And a million moments in the natural world.


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Subject: RE: BS: Happiest Moment in Time
From: Amergin
Date: 05 Aug 09 - 04:31 PM

The first time i ever stood on a stage....

The first time I ever went to sea....

The first time I laid a girl....

The day my daughter was born...nearly five years ago.


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Subject: RE: BS: Happiest Moment in Time
From: alanabit
Date: 05 Aug 09 - 04:22 PM

There is nothing that comes close to it, is there?


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Subject: RE: BS: Happiest Moment in Time
From: Smokey.
Date: 05 Aug 09 - 04:06 PM

Thank you CJ, that seems to be how it is - just when I thought I'd seen and done everything :-)


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