What makes you happy? January 2, 2014

Published on Wednesday, 1 January 2014 22:52 - Written by

BOOK

WHO: Kim Houser, Tyler

WHAT: “Wuthering Heights”

WHY: It’s just the best of the best of the best. That’s all I know to say!

FOOD

WHO: Patty Burnett, Arp.

WHAT: Garden salad

WHY: A regular garden salad without cheese is what I like the best because it's good. If you give me a salad and a cup of soup, I'm happy. It's warming and comfy to me.

MEMORY

WHO: David Hill, Tyler

WHAT: Austin weekend

WHY: One of my happiest memories is when I was struggling in a job I’d grown to hate. I came back from a staff retreat, tired and dejected. My wife immediately kidnapped me and drove me to Austin, where we spent the weekend (which happened to be my birthday) with four of my oldest and dearest friends. There was good food, laughter, old stories and more laughter.

MOVIE

WHO: Stewart Smith, Tyler

WHAT: “My Neighbor Totoro”

WHY: The movie that never fails to make me happy is Hayao Miyazaki’s masterpiece, “My Neighbor Totoro.” It doesn’t matter how glum of a day I’ve had or how down in the dumps I might be. Whenever I pop in “Totoro,” it puts a huge smile on my face. It’s a warm blanket of a movie.

MUSIC

WHO: Sam Hopkins, Jacksonville

WHAT: Celtic folk music

WHY: All Celtic folk music makes me happy. My favorite composer is William Jackson of Scotland, who wrote the “St. Mungo Suite” in honor of the city of Glasgow. The fifth movement is entitled “The Fish” and has Gaelic vocals by Mae McKenna that are beautiful to hear. William Jackson plays graceful harp with the orchestral accompaniment. Whenever I need to relax or gain peace of mind, I listen to this piece, and that is almost daily.

MOMENT

WHO: : Sherri Horne, Tyler

WHAT: Lunch time

WHY: Lunch has always been my favorite meal. You eat a healthy lunch, and it will carry you through the afternoon.