Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.

Max Ehrmann


Downtown Portland, Oregon - Bruce Witzel photo 2b





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~ Cheers ~




  1. I love Desiderata, and have for a long time. But the message took on new significance for me when it was read at my son’s wedding in Hawaii this past January. Family and few friends gathered on the beach as it was read and the words really struck me as two young people started life together. I couldn’t have wished more for them than this message. It’s a very special reading. Lovely, Bruce.

  2. I shall never forget the first time I heard the recording of “Desiderata” and the words “You have a right to be here.” Those words were the beginning of a life change for me. Until that time (because of my upbringing, I’m sure) I never felt I had a right to be on this earth. Up until that time, I felt I was a nuisance, an imposition, and in the way. This poem brought me hope. Thanks for posting!

    • Your welcome Debra… I do remember the recording as well. The words that carried me through many years were “neither be cynical about love, for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.” Then I met Francis (way back in 86!) Thanks so much, for your heartfelt comment. To quote the title of a Neil Young song…. peace and love!

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