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True Joy-Available in Your Town?

Written by Dr. Jacqueline B. Sallade, Community blogger | Jun 19, 2014 11:40 AM

In sweet little towns, like Lewisburg, PA, families and individuals, children, dogs, babies to old folks gather for music in the park. Whatever were folks' problems, from arthritis to depression to debt, they dissipated in the warm, breezy air and the sounds of singing and instrumments strummed, fingered, and banged rythmically. Tonight, Billy Kelly and Blah, Blah, Blahs, performed such masterpieces as "The Family Garden," "Why Is the Moon Following Me?," and "People Really Like Milk." Little kids and a few Moms danced wildly or self-consciously. Some clapped. Everyone smiled.It could have been 1880, as well as 2014, only differing by style of clothing and music amps. The atmosphere was pure joy. This kind of pure happiness is the antidote to all the emotional turmoil and tragedy of the real world. Let it reign!

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