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“If Everyone Lit Just One Little Candle”

Dear Readers: My assistant editor, Frank (the frog) is hopping through Europe presently. I’ve begun writing to him to keep him abreast of happenings here. Below is the first of, hopefully, many letters to him, as he travels. Dear Frank, Do you know this song?  It goes like this: “If everyone lit just one little candle, what a bright world it would be”. Perry Como, a well-known singer from before your time, made the song popular. It was kind of a schmaltzy little song. In Marlin, Texas, when I was about eight years old, I sang that song as a ... Read More »


Having a great Thanksgiving Day with my son, David, 30 years old, who is diligently studying for his law school exams as I simply basque in spending time with him, given his hectic schedule. On this quiet, cozy, rainy day, I’m writing to you about love. In this chapter of my life, I’m especially grateful for the love of family and friends. I’m thinking about the holidays — a time when we get all dolled up and go out to special gatherings. I don’t know about you but I’m danged pleased to have that opportunity, whether its to attend one ... Read More »


“Honor the Dignity of The Child” — That’s the sign I made and placed on the hall mirror when my children were little. I wanted a reminder that those small beings I birthed had the same right to respect and honor as us adults. Not that they had been being treated differently; I just wanted to make certain they felt it in their spirits with every action, in every moment, and in every encounter. As I observe my grandchild, Vivienne, two years, three months old, I think about how it must feel to be experiencing so many new things as she ... Read More »

“Why, Certainly!”

I remember my crotchety, old Aunt Fannie, whom I loved very much, but who was chronically and woefully negative more often than not. My brother, David, and I used to play a game where we would think of something Aunt Fannie would really want, then slowly offer it to her, waiting, and hearing the “No” she’d bark back before hearing the rest of the question. Oh, we’d say. No ice cream for you, huh, we’d giggle. Several times this week I’ve encountered those impossible No’s and it made me think about the doors we could open by switching to the ... Read More »

Darling, You’re Unforgettable

“Unforgettable in every way And forever more, that’s how you’ll stay. That’s why, darling, it’s incredible That someone so unforgettable Thinks that I am unforgettable too” –written by Irving Gordon in 1951, sung by Nat King Cole Most everyone, I imagine, wants to feel unforgettable. What a luscious thought — to think that you’ve made such an impact on the life of another, that you’ll never be forgotten. Nat King Cole was singing that song “Unforgettable” in romantic terms but I was thinking about it today in terms of our relationships with others, in general. A few weeks ago I ... Read More »

But That Was Yesterday

But That Was Yesterday

While listening to some oldies recently, one of my favorites came up — a song from 1963. Do you know it? It’s about summer love, entitled “Yesterday’s Gone” by Chad & Jeremy. The refrain goes: “But that was yesterday, and yesterday’s gone.” More and more I’ve been thinking about that sentiment, but in a new way. I want to be sure I don’t squander my chances for having the richest, best experiences I can in life. I don’t want to look back someday with sadness or regret, saying “yesterday is gone”. Which brings me to this thought about the special ... Read More »

Music of the Heart & Soul (May 6, 2016)

Music of the Heart & Soul (May 6, 2016)

Post and Courier, Charleston, South Carolina  Editor’s note: Jane Spelce served as a United States Peace Corps volunteer in Paraguay, South America, from May 2013 to May 2015. She served in two communities, Yataity and San Bernardino. Prior to joining the Peace Corps, Jane worked in non-profit development. A native Texan, Jane recently moved to Charleston, to James Island, to be closer to her children and new grandbaby. Article By Jane Spelce, Special to the Post and Courier Just recently I returned from a two-year journey into another culture faraway. There are many things that touched my heart and soul during that journey ... Read More »

Higher Ground

These days, bonding between family and friends seems more important than ever before. I tend to hurriedly run past the potential sometimes, but those everyday acts that support and encourage a sense of belonging and connection can carry such great benefits. I think it’s good to sit still and give them a moment of attention, to fortify us and bring us back to our strong base, reminding us of who we are, together. In doing so, we place ourselves on higher ground. * Lately, I’ve felt undone as I listen to the news.  Have you?  Things are happening in politics ... Read More »

A Real Good and Joyful Thing

There I stood in my jeans and bright blue embroidered top, sporting my newly highlighted bob haircut. The woman at the counter swiveled the iPad towards me to sign for my breakfast charge at the well-loved Baguette Magic on James Island this morning. As I was tapping in a 15% tip for her, I noticed on the iPad my name, plus an appendage – the word “Older”.  Hmmm, I thought. “Jane Spelce Older” it said right there before my eyes. I began to realize what it meant. Swiveling the pad back towards her, I smiled and pointed, asking, What’s this? ... Read More »

“Build Your Dreams” Graduation Party

“Build Your Dreams” Graduation Party

Sixteen diligent, future business owners graduated from my class – “Construye Tus Sueños” or…”Build Your Dreams.”  They participated in a 3 month course, attending class every Saturday morning, to identify their potential business, learn methods for starting the business and all the factors that go into bringing it fully to fruition:  marketing, budgeting, strategic planning, financing.  Oh so proud of these participants who were faithful to attend each class to the very end, communicating beautifully, developing their innovative thinking skills and good decision-making practices.  Thanks to Miguel Zárate, Engineer, who has a practice in Asunción.  We taught the course together ... Read More »

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