To counteract the news of the Boston Marathon and rapes of young women, I offer news from my medicine cabinet. The termite-inspired remodel of our second bathroom begins today which means the removal of all items from the bathroom. The floor will be torn out, and some of the walls. We have three sections to our medicine cabinet, three separate mirrors, so I provide entertainment in the one over the toilet, figuring there might be people who like to "snoop". I have multi-colored candles and candles of elves displayed inside, and fancy soaps, and two books stand up. One is Matuso Basho's Narrow Road to the Interior, which seems appropriate, and the other is Cooper Eden's If You're Afraid of the Dark, Remember the Night Rainbow, which again, to me, seems to fit. His illustrations are wonderful.
On a day such as today, I offer these quotes by Cooper Edens:
"If you're at the end of your rope, untie the knot in your heart."
"If you find your socks don't match, stand in a flowerbed."
"If there is no happy ending, make one out of cookie dough."
"If the light goes out ... wear it around your neck and go dancing."
"If tomorrow morning the sky falls .... have clouds for breakfast."
May we each reach inside the medicine cabinet we all carry, and may we find there, in the center, ease, understanding, compassion, and peace.