twenty-four hours

Amazing how upside down life becomes without a computer. For a few weeks, I have suffered computer issues and spent last week without access to my MacBook Pro.  Now, knock on wood, all seems to be functioning.  I’ve had a full weekend of catching up on correspondences and tending to fine-tuning details for the trip to Japan I’ve been organizing with Yukiko Sakamoto of IACE Travel.  I leave for that fabulous trip on October 17!


Amid the frustration of computer problems, I came across a lovely passage written by Thich Nhat Hanh, a Buddhist monk from Vietnam Nam. His words are so beautiful, so calming, so positive. This passage makes me smile, makes me want to print it and place it beside my bed so I can read it every morning upon waking. It suggests a new world order.  His simple words and thoughts contain an ethical code people of all faiths and non-faiths can subscribe to:

Waking up this morning,

I smile.


brand new hours are

before me.  I vow to live

fully in each moment and

to look at all beings with

eyes of compassion.

Thank you, Thich Nhat Hanh, for your precious teachings.


The sun is shining and it is a beautiful September day. I sit waiting by my phone for news of a precious little girl, my great-niece, to be born, any hour now, into this great big world.  One day I will read her this poem! She decided to arrive one week early, possibly on her Great-Aunt Toni’s birthday, which is today.  She probably already senses that she will instantly be held and adored by the loving hands of her exhausted and ecstatic parents.




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One Response to “twenty-four hours”

  1. Lisa Latchford Says:

    ❤️ Beautiful Fran! I look forward to seeing you soon! Do you teach at st Joe’s on Mondays and Wednesday’s? Maybe I will join you this week. Love, Lisa

    Sent from my iPhone



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