“When You Wish Upon A Star . . . .”

Happy Hump Day, All!

How’s the week been treating you? So far, so good, I hope! We live in some tremendous times, for sure. Do you think it is the first time in “human history”? May we not flatter ourselves, since many of us may have parents or grandparents who MADE it through the “Great Depression” here in the U.S.A. in the early part of last century. When it is put that way, is sounds like it was a long time ago. In reality, it was less than 100 years ago.

How do people make it through tough times? What is the attitude that one must adopt in order to …. not jump off of a building? How does one handle a break up with a loved one, be it due to someone’s desire to move on or an actual physical loss or death? One quote I like a lot by Woody Allen was: “Sit loosely in the saddle of life!” This quote also follows the stream of consciousness that many comics embrace which involves making absurd jokes about life’s absurdities, rather than getting so wrapped up in them that they (absurdities) destroy us! For me, it is at this time that spirituality, which may be unique to each one of us, comes a knockin’ at my door.

Have you ever had a dream, you know, and some character was in it that you really didn’t like nor know where it came from? Were you able to wake up and abandon that dream? Or did this unknown character continue in your dream to make it near horrifying for you?! I remember those moments. Sometimes, it is important for us to fashion our dreams while awake. When in Rochambeau Elementary School in White Plains, NY, we often did major plays. I may have mentioned this in an e-mail a year or two ago, regarding the play, “Pinocchio”, in which Paul Collins, a young black guy from our neighborhood, played that part at our school. Watching him perform inspired me to play “The Tin Man” a year later when the staff there had us put on “The Wizard of Oz”. We were kids and the staff at that predominantly “black” school not only taught us “readin’, writin’ and ‘rithmetic”, they also taught us music and dance …. and acting!

So when you’ve an occasion, mostly while youthful, though I’ve a few current dreams of my own, be sure to dream a bit. “When you wish upon a star, makes no difference who you are . . . . your dreams come true!” May we have a dream filled day!


John I. Cook, Director

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