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16 Wonderful Years

A Saratoga SummerTime passes too quickly.  Sixteen years ago our twins were born and life in our family changed forever.  I have been enriched by their beauty, inquisitiveness, talent, laughter, tears, art, openness, and love.  Having just spent yesterday afternoon with the two of them, I was reminded of why the last 16 years have been such a joy.  I posted three of my favorite pictures from when they were young.

But the day was also a reminder of why we strive to live in the moment.  Long-time friends spent the weekend with us.  We shared stories, jokes, and laughter and made new memories.  We talked about the upcoming birth of their first grandchild.  But as they were leaving, they received news of the death of a dear friend.  At about the same time, an email from work told me that a colleague’s sister had taken a turn for the worse and was very ill.  We also had a lovely visit with a classmate of Andrew and Claire’s who stopped by with her Mom to surprise the twins with 16th birthday presents.  It was a joy to see them, but we learned that their family was suffering from the loss of a job in this economy.  Joy, sorrow, birth, death, perseverance, pain: all are a part of life.  Working to see the good can be difficult.

Remember to live.

More to come…


P.S. – A true post script.  After writing this, I attended the Forum at the National Cathedral this morning, where actor Martin Rayner (currently starring as Ebeneezer Scrooge in Ford Theatre’s production of A Christmas Carol) and John Glavin (a playwright and professor of English at Georgetown University) were speaking on the topic of Exploring Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol.  To the question of what Dickens’ play had to tell us in 2008, Glavin offered that what Scrooge discovered was that we had to live in the past, present, AND future.  And he is, of course, right.  Living in the present moment doesn’t mean that the past doesn’t have resonance and that the future doesn’t matter.  Too often today we act as if we are all that matters.  But living correctly in the present recognizes that we have a three-dimensional life.

Kanuga Trail 1995


Andrew's First Haircut

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I am David J. Brown (hence the DJB) and I originally created this personal blog more than ten years ago as a way to capture photos and memories from a family vacation. After the trip was over I simply continued writing. Over the years the blog has changed to have a more definite focus aligned with my interest in places that matter, reading well, roots music, and more. My professional background is as a national nonprofit leader with a four-decade record of growing and strengthening organizations at local, state, and national levels. This work has been driven by my passion for connecting people in thriving, sustainable, and vibrant communities.

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