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Happy moments from Amy Krouse Rosenthal

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Lovely Amy portrait by Tom Cruze

It wasn't easy to talk to Amy Krouse Rosenthal about her "Beckoning of Lovely" movement.
People are gloomy.
I reckon they are not perky.

The acclaimed author-filmmaker gave me a "Please Beckon Lovely 12/12/12--12/21/12" post-it. It now sits on my office desk next to a photo of forlorn actor Harry Dean Stanton (plugging a gig when he sang at The Mint nightclub in Los Angeles)

It is challenging to hear about saving the world when the core of small communities are torn apart. But I latched on to a wonderful comment from Rosenthal's recent Tedx talks: "What you seek you will find, what you summon will find you."

Rosenthal has written for "O" magazine, McSweeny's, and contributes to WBEZ-FM. We had been talking baseball. I was tellling Rosenthal about Bill Veeck and his son Mike Veeck.
Mike believes "Fun is Good," and I believe fun opens a lot of doors.

"Remember as a kid you would be in the stadium and you'd say, 'I'm going to look at all the red shirts?" Rosenthal asked. "Suddenly all the red popped out. Then you'd go, 'I'm going to look at all the yellow shirts?' and the yellow popped out. That's what I'm talking about. It's your lens.
"Sure, people are blue, as we should be. It's interesting how the whole country got in synch and there's a unified sympathy and despair to a degree. And that's needed to make the change."

She told me to check out BuzzFeed's 26 Moments That Restored Our Faith In Humanity."

"My husband e-mailed it to me yesterday," she said. "We showed it to the kids last night. It's really what we need. It's the only thing that makes sense right now......" and her voice trailed off towards tomorrow.

The days soon will be getting longer.

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Dave Hoekstra

Dave Hoekstra has been a Chicago Sun-Times staff writer since 1985. His collection of Sun-Times travel columns, "Ticket To Everywhere," was published in 2000 by Lake Claremont Press. He was lead writer for "Farm Aid: Song for America" (Rodale Press, 2005) which commemorated the 20th anniversary of the Willie Nelson inspired effort.
He won a 1987 Chicago Newspaper Guild Stick O-Type Award for Column Writing. Hoekstra wrote and co-proudced the WTTW-Channel 11 PBS special: "The Staple Singers and the Civil Rights Movement," nominated for a 2001-02 Chicago Emmy for a documentary program/cultural significance.
He lives in Chicago.


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