Diverse Family and the Parakeet by Denny Carleton

While playing the guitar at a family gathering (with my parakeet accompanying me - whistling, chirping and singing), my mother and father (who had Alzheimer's), my former wife plus her mother and Palestinian stepfather all were content, enjoying the music.

The thought occurred to me as I observed this diverse group, that music truly is the universal language. I believe that not only the animals, but all people and nationalities from Palestinian to Israeli, would have been able to enjoy the tones of the music in unity on that day.

Have our words built another tower of Babel? Can melodic music give usa glimpse into all that is right and good, harmonious and eternal?