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  • Deacon Dan Wright serves the Diocese of Austin, Texas. His work outside the parish is as a special education teacher serving students with significant cognitive disabilities.



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September 02, 2008



I've been thinking about this piece since you posted it, DD. I took guitar lessons in High School after several years of piano lessons at parrochial school (never learned to read notes, would play by ear..too scared out of my whits to learn). Guitar was much easier and fun. Then I "grew up" and left my guitar behind when I moved to Italy. It's one of the things I brought back with me when I was in the States for my brother's funeral, and I was amazed that I was able to remember so much when I'd "play" it. The music wasn't too good, but those notes soothed me so, and for a good long time. As long as it took for the grief to become tolerable. Last year I decided to get serious and take lessons. My goal, more than to learn to play the guitar, was to learn to read music. When I got to that point by the end of the year, I was satisfied, and haven't taken a lesson since. I still fool around with it every once in a while, when the mood hits me. It really calms the spirit, though if I should ever play for anyone, they'd probably end up looking like viejos guitarristas without guitars... :-)

BTW, we're the same age.


"...finding oneness through the vibrations of nylon strings--not to sound too far-fetched." Not far-fetched at all.

"If something like satori can really be achieved, I think it has to do with frequently returning to the idea that life--complete with it's struggles and hardships, with it's no easy answer days--always has something to give and something to say, though meaning expressed in words may or may not be part of it." Absolutely.

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