Things I need: things, qualities, anything that helps me enjoy living.
- Books, believing
- Coffee, cats, chocolate
- Freedom, faith, flowers
- Love, laughter
- Meaning, music
- No! (yes, I need “no” in my vocabulary, in my experience)
- Open-ness, open-views (figurative and literal)
- Peace, process, poetry, piano!
- Truth, tenderness
- Up (upward thinking/viewing and the notion of defying gravity)
- Value, veracity, validation
- Xeric plants! I love succulents! I love plants that grow despite little water!
- Zero (yes, the number and the notion of zero; I find it both mystifying and so practical it’s nearly banal.) I also like that (until the 20th century), there was no notion of zero in musical-math.
So, ask me on another day, and this list might have variations. And I realize “need” can be defined in many ways and the degree of need can be easily argued. For today, for this list, what I mean is: these are the things/ experiences/ values that I regularly treasure/ embrace/ consciously and deliberately choose as part of my (mostly daily) living and for which I am always grateful.
For a more starkly realistic list of what I truly need?
What all human-beings need:
- Love (somewhere, somehow, some experience of being loved/ valued and the opportunity to love other.)
- Some degree of shelter, some amount of food and water, some degree of personal hygiene, some opportunity for communication (even if only within one’s imagination)
- Meaning/ faith/ hope.
I think that’s probably all we need: sustenance for our bodies, relating for our social selves, hope for our souls.
Thanks be to God for all Your blessings, graces, mercies. Praise be Jesus forever. Lord, give me the grace to be ever-more grateful and gracious, ready to receive and to share.
Twelve Things I Liked About Spelling Tests In Grade-School
- I liked numbering the page lines.
- I liked listening for each word.
- I liked my confidence in spelling.
- I liked the A’s I achieved.
- I liked spelling the words: thinking through each letter.
- I liked sounding them out in my head.
- I liked the “metered” Q and A rhythm.
- I liked the review for self-checking at the end.
- I liked preparing for the tests. Mom would quiz me at home.
- I liked writing the words: putting each letter onto the page.
- I liked writing them methodically.
- Mostly I liked listening and sounding in my head. It was as though that process was rewarded with a printed word. Seeing the word as a result of listening was magical!
This is such a simple memory, but as it is such a powerful memory of pleasurable confidence, which was atypical of me in relation to test-taking, I am grateful to remember this consistently positive experience of performance, particularly in the context of a judged test.
And what fun to remember the delight in sounding out each newly learned word in my mind’s ear, hearing and savoring each luscious letter.
- (156) Bach
- (157) Scarlatti
- (158) Handel
- (159) Couperin
- (160) Haydn
- (161) Mozart
- (162) Beethoven
- (163) Schubert
- (164) Mendelssohn
- (165) Chopin
- (166) Schumann
- (167) Liszt
- (168) Brahms
- (169) Faure
- (170) Debussy
- (171) Ravel
- (172) Saint-Saens
- (173) Poulenc
- (174) Satie
- (175) Massiaen
- (176) Rachmaninoff
- (177) Dvorak
- (178) Scriabin
- (179) Bartok
- (180) Copland
- (181) Ives
- (182) Barber
- (183) Britten
- (184) Puccini
- (185) Granados
Thank You, Lord, for composers, especially “classical” ones, most especially those who wrote so well for piano! This is the canvas for the tapestry of my life!