This is Our Happy Place!

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Puzzle Notes

Dear Subscribers, 

"Music can change the world because it can change people"

Greetings friends!

Whenever I feel sad, I turn to music for a boost. One sure-fire mood enhancer is Pharrell Williams's "Happy." With over a billion Youtube views (of which 100,739 are mine), the "Happy" video makes me stand up and dance across the room. Pretty soon I'm envisioning my own part in the video ("thanks, Pharrell -- I'd love to be in your video!"), dancing, twirling and clapping along in my happy place -- the clay tennis courts at 95th Street, on the banks of the Hudson River. There I am, tennis racket in hand, skip-dancing to the beat, like a room without a roof.

"Happy" has a special place in my heart, as it was the song that kept me intermittently, and perhaps artificially, "happy" during the stressful years when my mother was very ill. After visits with her at the hospital, I'd grab the bus home to NYC, put on the earphones and play "Happy" on repeat. It didn't change the circumstances of the profound sadnesses in my life then ... but for a few minutes, I "felt" happy. And that kept me going for the next few minutes. Sometimes life is best lived a few minutes at a time.

I imagine that you have favorite songs that simply make you feel good. Here's to the music that brings us comfort during sad times, and enhances our joy during good times!

Welcome to Week 517 of Crossword Nation. We invite you to solve "This is Our Happy Place!" as this week's diversion.

May the days ahead be filled with good music and all that nourishes your soul. Thank you kindly for subscribing. Until next time, I remain ...

Cruciverbally yours,


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