Jane Little, the 87 year old bassist with the Atlanta Sym. Orchestra

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Farewell to a musician’s musician. Jane Little, the 87 year old bassist with the Atlanta Sym. Orchestra, died on stage last week, performing “There’s No Business Like Show Business”. She was recently added to the Guinness World Book of Records because of her incredible 71 year stint with the orchestra. Jane started when she was 16 playing bass with their youth symphony.

Springtime at Spring Gap

South Fork Stanislaus River flowing rapidly into New Melones Lake! Photo credit: Maryann Curmi

South Fork Stanislaus River flowing rapidly into New Melones Lake! Photo credit: Maryann Curmi

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Left to right: Bella and Stella (aka: Little) Enjoy the So. Fork River weekly!

Left to right: Bella and Stella (aka: Little) Enjoy the So. Fork River weekly!

Consider The Coffee….Consider The Cup, Now Consider Life!

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A group of alumni, highly established in their careers, got together to visit their old university professor. Conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in work and life. Offering his guests coffee, the professor went to the kitchen and returned with a large pot of coffee and an assortment of cups – porcelain, plastic, glass, crystal, some plain looking, some expensive, some exquisite – telling them to help themselves to the coffee. When all the students had a cup of coffee in hand, the professor said: “If you noticed, all the nice looking expensive cups have been taken up, leaving behind the plain and cheap ones. While it is normal for you to want only the best for yourselves, that is the source of your problems and stress. Be assured that the cup itself adds no quality to the coffee. In most cases it is just more expensive and in some cases even hides what we drink. What all of you really wanted was coffee, not the cup, but you consciously went for the best cups… And then you began eyeing each other’s cups, to see who had the best one.
Now consider this: Life is the coffee; the jobs, money and position in society are the cups. They are just tools to hold and contain Life, and the type of cup we have does not define, nor change the quality of life we live. Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee. Savor the coffee, not the cups! The happiest people don’t have the best of everything. They just make the best of everything. Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly.