For the New Year: The Touch of the Master’s Hand

The Master's Hand

By the Touch of the Master’s Hand

A few years ago, my good friend Barry presented me with a plaque, which quickly found a cherished place on a wall of my law office — a painting and a poem, signed “Author Unknown.” I later learned the poem was written and published anonymously by Myra Brooks Welch, as a gift for us all. The poem begins:

‘Twas battered and scarred, And the auctioneer thought it hardly worth his while
To waste his time on the old violin, but he held it up with a smile.

“What am I bid, good people,” he cried.“Who starts the bidding for me?”
“One dollar, one dollar, Do I hear two? Two dollars, who makes it three?
“Three dollars once, three dollars twice, going for three,”

But, No,

From the room far back a gray bearded man came forward and picked up the bow,
Then wiping the dust from the old violin and tightening up the strings,
He played a melody, pure and sweet as sweet as the angel sings.

The music ceased and the auctioneer, with a voice that was quiet and low,
Said “What now am I bid for this old violin?” as he held it aloft with its bow.
“One thousand, one thousand, Do I hear two? Two thousand, who makes it three?”
“Three thousand once, three thousand twice,going and gone,” said he.

The audience cheered,but some of them cried,
“We just don’t understand. What changed its’ worth?”

Swift came the reply.

“The Touch of the Master’s Hand.” . . .

Jane Goodall once said, “What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”

For the New Year – and for every year – let us resolve:

Whatever difference we decide to make, let’s craft the difference with the Touch of the Master’s Hand.

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

Joanie and Dick Jacobs


Wonderlust Update:

Our book Wonderlust is now complete with its 100 photos and 26 chapters of lessons learned trekking the seven continents over many years. To keep photo reproduction costs in line, our publisher, Glenbridge Publishing Ltd, is using a Korean printer and we expect the books to be in our hands late in the first quarter 2015. In the meantime, I was pleased to discuss the book and our photos on “ArtsPlus”, a program of WEDU PBS.

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Click on the penguin in the WEDU photo. It’s the link to the show – about 8 minutes.

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Through these photographs your perspective shines through and illuminates for us our own abilities to share in the embrace, as well as the touch, of the Master’s hand. Thanks, Dick. Namaste, Victoria.

Lois and Ralph Patton

A lovely and pertinent resolution… Sometimes hard to measure. Thank you for your holiday message and all good wishes to you and Joanie. We can hardly wait to have your book in our hands. Fondly, Lois and Ralph