# 43 The Silent Zone

Just barely audible from this sanctuary of silence I am in is the tolling of the bell of the venerable old United First Parish Church United, a Unitarian Universalist congregation in Quincy, Massachusetts established in 1639. It was the church of the presidents, John Adams and John Quincy Adams.

My silent sanctuary is housed in an architecturally delightful annex of the Thomas Crane Library. It’s an awesome space and today is peopled only by me and three other studious souls plus a mousy librarian. At present she is the only source of sound as she sorts a few catalogue cards as silently as she can.

It’s not that the regular space of the library is noisy. It’s busy but not noisy. The entire library is a respite from the cacophony of the modern world. But the strictly enforced silence of this sanctuary allows for the whisper of the soul of the universe to be heard by enquiring minds … and put on paper or quietly typed into a laptop. I write these thoughts intercepted from that whisper into my black-marbled composition book longhand. My scribbling is barely audible and does not disturb the few other great thinkers in this cavernous room.

Having set the scene for you and wondering with great anticipation what Great Revolutionary Thought the universe will send me to copy into my composition book … and eventually publish on-line to an eager world on Amazon to the wonder, amazement, and praise of readers around the world?

But as the hour approaches noon, my body inquires of my musing mind, “What shall I do for lunch?”

Leaving the greater question for a moment my attention considers the options. There are a few restaurants reasonably close to the library as well as “Billy’s Café in the library itself. Or I could pack it all in and take a bus to my apartment and enjoy left-over shepherd’s pie with a glass of red wine.

For a few moments, aided by the silence of my surroundings, I wonder if there is a decision strategy to assist me in this important selection of the path of my immediate future. This must be a query that others face regularly and would benefit from the wisdom that could be whispered to me from the silent universe accessed by this Silent Zone. I could just quickly scribble it in my composition book and publish it after I have slaked the inconvenient hunger of my body.

For a moment I interrupt this train of thought. A profound realization overwhelms my mind. It is only in such a silent sanctuary as I currently inhabit could I contemplate, with seriousness, the consequences of the decision of where to eat. And, oh yes, “when”; this was the additional question my bodily instincts were sending to my brain in an almost audible stream of consciousness.

And then, whispered out of the sacred silence, and sorted from the medley of choices, was the refreshing fact, The Townsend Café’ was the closest place where I could get a glass of red wine with my lunch.

And so, I close my composition book. I give thanks for the Silent Zone where such vital life decisions may be made.

I’m out to lunch.

 

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#33 My Lobster Roll Lament

I was about to write a blog critical of the viral outbreaks of ANGER  that are sweeping across our culture. I wanted to warn Biddies and Geezers that it is totally unhealthy and will shorten your life to let your organs be subjected to the bad juices that are generated by anger. For some cause.

Then it happened to me. Tell me. Is this a just cause to inflame the world and have demonstrations? It goes like this.

There are two classic ways to make lobster rolls: the Maine way with mayonnaise and the Connecticut way with lemon and melted butter. Either way, the locally caught lobster is always be the star. In a sit-down restaurant $20 is about what you would pay for this bit of New England gastronomic pleasure. I love them.

One or two years ago McD’s put them on the menu for just under $9. And they were delish. But they were only on the menu for a few weeks around the 4th of July. Several times last year I trekked from my Quincy apartment to Boston South Station to enjoy a lobster roll. On the Internet this year I read they had them again, so I took the T to South Station to get one.

Bummer. Not on menu any more only a few days after the 4th of July. Now, here is my question to you! Give me feed-back. Comment!

Is this a cause worthy to go viral with demonstrations? Regardless of the damage the anger does to our bodies? Is this cause any less worthy than others being demonstrated?

You decide.

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#1 The Beginning

Good Morning to my Biddie and Geezer friends and followers. I’ve just finished breakfast and am looking at the sun shining on the view outside my sliding glass doors. I’m south of Boston and the city skyline is in view with the sun shining some of the windows of the tall buildings turning them into walls of shining gold.

By deliberate choice, I ignore that I was “unfriended” by someone last week. This is the key to this blog, folks. This blog is about Living Well. My joy is based on NOW. And now is a new day. My stomach is satisfied. I’m sharing now with you, my friends and followers, and after Tai Chi exercises and a shower, I will go downstairs to the community room where L*** will host coffee and doughnuts for the residents of the building.

After that, I may take my rolling cart on the bus to a downtown store where I will buy a few bottles of wine. My friend, Pam (not her real name), introduced me to the benefits of wine. There are several very real health benefits. Later blogs will talk about these. But for today I share Pam’s motto, “A day without wine is like a day without sunshine.”

So, about this blog. It’s about sunshine. Sunshine in our souls. Today. It’s about feeling good and living well for Biddies and Geezers like me. It’s not about advice for “Senior Citizens.”

Regardless of your health. Regardless of your past relationships … past history. It’s about living well TODAY.

In that spirit … you will see my next blog when you see it. While I may (or may not) write every day, I will publish the next blog when I feel it’s right. My goal is to LIVE WELL and share that with you.‘Till the next blog, Shalom from Doug.

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