The One Thing We Seek: To Be Alive

Shall We Dance?

My daughter, married with a teenager and in midlife, stopped by a shop to have an auto mechanic change the filter in her Prius.

She waited while he checked out her car. He finally emerged to announce, “We have a real problem. We found two mice nests next to the filter. It’s going to cost $100 to change the filter and $300 to clean out the nests.”

The survivor of a life-threatening battle with cancer, she smiled, “That’s not a real problem” and left to think it over. The problems of life are…



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Chas Lyons

Chas Lyons


Chas Lyons is a retired CEO and publisher of newspapers. He lives in Rhode Island where he enjoys writing, family, and escaping to a log cabin in Maine.