Our anniversary is tomorrow, 39 years. We had a Quaker certficate, a legal document in the commonwealth where we lived that didn't require a minister of any kind. The idea was that the couple marry each other in the presence of 'God.' So we were married at my parents' house, in the living room. A 'humble abode' but much loved. Nice to remember.
Here's what I've been reading lately:
“Yet ‘ordinary sympathy’ and compassion do exist. When they are present, they seem like the most natural things in the world. It may also explain why simple, kind-hearted people often display a goodness that outshines the pretensions of would-be saints. At the same time, we seem to need more than ordinary goodness and kindness. There is something in the human enterprise that is concerned with increasing consciousness.” (p.22 Conscious Love, by Richard Smoley)