Letter from a Wanderer

Screen Shot 2014-03-17 at 1.55.11 PMIf one is busy traveling for a couple of weeks and doesn’t check in with the VDP’s weekly postings, one has quite a bit of catching up to do. I’ve just spent a wonderful, leisurely morning catching up with the treasure trove of good thoughts and experiences contributed to the VDP.

This morning, I searched for Howard Morgan’s unerring posts and read through Nicole Charbonnet’s thoughtful commentaries about what she loves to read, and why. I also sought out Fred Rubinstein’s incisive posts. (Note: I don’t know Howard and Fred. They’re just wonderfully prolific and seem to like the same restaurants.) I look forward to the running commentary on the performing arts. This morning I found trustworthy jazz recommendations from Lisa Cashin and Robin Krasny. I’ve ordered “Provence 1970,” based on Donna’s fine recommendation. Surprisingly, two earlier, glowing reviews of “My Promised Land” had propelled me to read this unlikely, yet thoroughly enlightening, must-read book. The 1990 Almodovar film, “Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down,” has become a new must. And there’s Roger Angell’s essay on aging in TNY to still catch up with…

So, what’s the point here? Simply put, it’s gratitude. An abiding gratitude to all who contribute. I’ve come to cherish and rely upon the sage voices of the VDP. It’s a terrific barometer. Thanks, all. Let’s keep this fine beat rolling!

Bernadette Murray

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