On Optimism & Happiness

May 11, 2009 by Luann Robinson Hull
“The desire for happiness is essential to man. It is the motivator of all our acts. The most venerable, clearly understood, enlightened, and reliable constant in the world, is not only do we want to be happy, but that we want only to be so.” ~ Matthieu Ricard, author of “Happiness”

Dear Friends,

I recently had the pleasure of viewing Michael J. Fox’s television version of “Adventures of an Incurable Optimist,” adapted from his book. As I am sure most of you may know the perky, upbeat actor, famous for his role in the movie “Back to the Future,” was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease nearly twenty years ago. Despite the challenges of living with an incurable, disabling illness for most of his...

Amazing Grace & Loving To The Core

Mar 27, 2007 by Luann Robinson Hull
I recently attended a Judy Collins concert and was completely inspired by her beauty, loving presence, and amazing grace. She was so totally herself—age, talent, wisdom and all. At one point she forgot a verse or two, and instead of making a fuss, she went right on as if it was supposed to be that way. Of course, the song seemed somehow better because of her ease and comfort with imperfection. She was so completely self-accepting and loving to the core—a beautiful example indeed of Amazing Grace, her final piece, sung unaccompanied. With hair like spun silk and a voice that resembled a harp, she seemed like an angel in our midst. And it was certainly grace that gifted me...