Monthly Archives: September 2012

I Be Irie

The DVD came out this week of a movie I particularly enjoy. I appreciate its moments of real living — despite whatever calamity is transpiring at the same time. It’s filled with a number of great quotes. Most people will remember the one about how, “Everything will be all right in the end… if it’s not all right, then it’s not the end.” But my favorite is Muriel’s retort to the complaint that, “Nothing here has worked out quite as expected,” when she says, “Most things don’t. But sometimes what happens instead is the good stuff.”

For me, things don’t usually work out as expected. However, I know I have the choice to be miserable or to search for some joy wherever I am. I try to choose the latter. This reminds me of the story Welcome to Holland. My family spends their time in that Holland. We’ve all moved in and have our resident visas.

I learned a new word this week, “irie.” But before I tell you what it means, we need to learn how to pronounce it … because it doesn’t work if you say it wrong. It’s pronounced “eye-REE,” just like the beginning of the name “Irene.” And it means to be at peace with your current state of being; the ultimate positive.

Here it is in a sentence:

I be in Holland. I be irie.


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The “Author Picture”

There is no better way to get to see yourself than to have your own caricature done. Keelan did a great job. What a dweeb. (Me, not him.)


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