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It IS a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

February 1, 2013

I try to steer away from impulsiveness – be it in the form of decisions, actions, whatever. But after reading an article on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, I couldn’t help but share it.

Things of true beauty are so rare, aren’t they? There may be some musical piece or hook, some movie or TV show that strikes a chord within us, but what kinds of things are there that stay with us? The previous things, I believe, speak to our emotions, how we may be feeling at a given time and so when we encounter that bit of music or drama we immediately identify with it and there’s that brief, though strong connection – “I’m not the only one who feels this way!” We don’t think that, but I believe that’s what’s going on that produces the rush of feely-goods.

Yet, feelings and emotions, as wonderful as they can be (and as horrible), are fleeting. They’re like the wind, the tide, blowing and flowing all over the place at varying levels of intensity at any given time. So, we may soon forget that song or movie and never come back to it; at least not the same way ever again.

But what is it that really sticks with us? Things – people – that and who speak to our souls, our spirits – the core of what we are.

And so, with that introduction, here is the link to an article from The A.V. Club in which the author, Todd VanDerWerff, does a retrospective on the children’s show, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood:,91882/

And if you don’t read the article, at least watch the video in which Joan Rivers interviews him:

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