Dark Days of the Heart & Food for Thought


I have been having some dark days. Since early morning November 9th. I have been out of sorts, prone to tearful eruptions, and feeling a dark sadness that is so vast and complicated that I cannot quite put my finger on it.  I am pretty sure you know what I mean and  may be  feeling it too. November has been a cruel month.

But this afternoon while driving and listening to the radio I heard one of my favorite songs  playing in the background. I turned it up and sang along. It lifted my spirits. I learned this song when I was around 9 or 10 years old. It was part of my grade school class American Folk Songbook. We had a record player in our class and our teacher would often play the record of folksongs and we would sing along. I believed it then and I believe it now…take heart, sing along…..


23 thoughts on “Dark Days of the Heart & Food for Thought

  1. You are so right Mama. So much of what I believe is due to the disparate experiences you, as my mother, exposed me to as a child. I am so grateful to you for teaching me to be colorblind and have an open mind. It is hard right now to have an open mind and even harder to have a open heart, but that is all I know to do right now is reach out with my hands and heart to all Americans, most especially those who must feel afraid and uncertain in these last few days. After all, “This land is our land……..”, let’s not forget it and work hard to make sure all Americans feel that way.

  2. We are suffering from the same melancholy Teresa. I always thought This Land was a Canadian song as we had our own lyrics for it and oh, how I want to go home again, after this dark week. 💕🇨🇦💕 We must remain hopeful. For me, it’s been Leonard Cohen’s Alleluia that has brought me comfort this week.

  3. Music always heals, and I’ve been relying on it more than usual. Kate McKinnon performed a spare, lovely, heartbreaking rendition of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah. Sad and uplifting at the same time–not a bad combo for these days.

  4. I ‘m not American, but I can relate. I comfort myself with the thought that in four years, I’ll have another chance to decide. Maybe we’ll have half way decent candidates to choose from.

  5. I recently lost a very close friend and I can tell you that what you/we are feeling is grief.

    Not sure how to get past this.


    1. Kay thank you. You have put your finger on it exactly. Time and talk and being every vigilant to make sure we know what’s going on and how we can help each other and our country is the best way.

  6. Such a beautiful and uplifting song; it certainly cheered me up and had me singing too. I keep hoping that it was all a bad dream and that I will wake up soon and and end the nightmare! Well, we can only hope and pray that things won’t be too bad going forward.

  7. Everyday I have awakened hoping it was all a dream. I have cried everyday for a week. Not just a sniffle, but a tear my heart out ugly cry. And not for myself, but for every person and creature who will suffer because of that orange con artist who will taint every good thing that the Obama family has done for this country. Thank you for the uplifting message. IT is greatly appreciated.

    1. Thanks so much Sweet CJ for coming over to Food on Fifth and leaving your wonderful comment. We love the Obamas and may never see another like that family in the White House…they were such the perfect family example for us all. You are in my thoughts as we are truly all in this together and must fight the wrongs and praise the rights we see. Big Hug CJ

  8. I can put my finger on it—I don’t want to—it is utter grief that hate prevailed. And a knowingness that the worst is yet to unfold. But I’m still here–as are you, and many many good people. We must be strong and light and be the change. It’s going to be a lot harder for others of lesser means.

    1. Nancy I agree totally. A week of wallowing is enough! I even bored myself and now am on to lighter thoughts and trying to make sure to stay connected. Give my love to Madeleine and the entire family please. Big Hug to you my long time friend. xox

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