De Amicitia – In praise of friendship

Cicero Cicero I'm not. But friendship has been on my mind of late.

Particularly the friends at a distance who sustain me in so many ways – in my work and faith, in keeping alive some optimism when everything immediately around me seems hopeless, in encouragement and continuing intellectual and artistic conversation.

And whose acquaintance and support would never have happened without technology.

Some I have eventually met face-to-face – in happy circumstances at colloquia and conferences.  Another, only in a time of loss.  And many I may never meet in this life.

In the meantime, thank you for the gift of your friendship.

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About Mary Jane Ballou

Mary Jane Ballou’s life in sacred music began in a children’s choir at the age of three. Instrumental music waited until her piano lessons started in primary school. And her music life remains a joyous pairing of sacred vocal music and the instrumental repertoire of Spain, Ireland, and Scotland.

2 thoughts on “De Amicitia – In praise of friendship

  1. Charles in CenCA

    Mary Jane,
    I always give myself a psychological slap to m’ face every time I recognize I’m having a Piaget moment! (I so remember thinking his curve was so passe in college; now, who’s the maroon? Moi?)
    But I’m also taking stock and inventory of all that seems most important to me with much more deliberation and frequency. I know that I’m not inclined towards going deeper into the “Facebook” experience so as to re-connect. But doing stuff like this has introduced me to friends like you. And I’ll treasure these relationships with as much respect as those cultivated “at home” and in the past.

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