Daily Joys and Simple Pleasures

Daily Joys and Simple Pleasures

“If You Have One Friend…

…you hold the hand of the world.”  That’s from LIVE WITH INTENTION.  Appreciating my friends is one of my ten main life intentions.  Recently I read that Sophie Tucker, the singer from the early 20th century who was called “The Last of the Red Hot Mama’s” said, “The secret to success in show business is knowing how to make and keep friends.”

I found myself responding to Sophie with, “That’s the secret to almost everything, not just show business.”  So much of today’s conventional wisdom on success in business, of any sort, is that it begins with solid relationships.  The truth of country music chimes in here with, “If you ain’t got friends, you ain’t got nuthin’.”


Observing my Dad’s last days of life, in the time he was able to speak, was a testament to the validity of this observation.  He died, with only me at his side.  He had not tended the garden of his friends.  It is the only thing that he expressed any regret over.  I endeavor to do one kind thing, one demonstration of remembering and appreciation for one of my friends, every day.  No matter how busy I am or what I am doing.  I know that at the end of the matter – it will not be the completed project I cherish…but the hand of a friend that I am holding. 

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Beverly Kipp

posted January 17, 2011 at 12:53 pm

and to be a friend of mary anne is to be blessed beyond measure. She models the way, shines a light on my path and cheers me on when I am weary. She makes me laugh. Oh if only everyone in the world were so loving and so well loved. Thank you mary anne for your friendship and your wisdom, your joyous countenance and your courageous endeavors. May all of your blessings return to you one hundred fold.

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David K

posted January 17, 2011 at 4:00 pm

As i posted elsewhere, I am so fortunate to be able to call you a friend, Mary Anne.
On a scale of lima beans to steak, you’re a hot fudge sundae. With sparklers!

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mary anne radmacher

posted January 26, 2011 at 5:49 pm

Beverly: You are welcome Thirteen Times and a Thousand Times.
I graciously accept the circular wish of blessing returning one hundred fold –
and wish you the very same grace.

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mary anne radmacher

posted January 26, 2011 at 5:52 pm

OOOOOOOOH. How’d you guess that I LOVE sparklers (and by increase, fireworks, too!).
Thank you.

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