The Heart and Soul of All Things

There is something invigorating that comes from being elevated – from being up high and embracing a view that offers a fresh, new perspective.

Looking over a hill
Standing atop an Italian hill

Take, for instance, the profound appreciation of nature and beauty that comes from hiking along a ridge of the Maine Coast in the summer, looking out to the Atlantic ocean and world beyond.

Or the captivation and awe that comes from being transported back in time, standing atop one of the Seven Hills of Rome, overlooking “Il Foro Romano,” what was once the epicenter of political and social life in ancient Rome.

Or even the excitement that comes from sitting atop a rooftop bar in New York City overlooking the Empire State building, marveling at the energy, diversity and seemingly endless possibilities that encompass the 13-mile-long island city of Manhattan.

In fact, it was just this view that recently inspired this first posting. I was sitting atop NYC’s largest outdoor rooftop bar, 230 Fifth, sipping a specialty cocktail and listening to one of my brothers recount his dining experience at a tapas restaurant in the East Village that served 22 different types of gin and tonics and the “best deviled eggs” (with fried oysters) he’d ever had. “That is what is so amazing about New York City,” he remarked, “You get to have the best of the best of everything at your fingertips.”

230 Fifth Restaurant and Bar Review
Our view from 230 Fifth

It is this very comment that comes to mind when I think of All Things Good, as it is our hope that this site will bring the “best of the best” to your fingertips – whether it be a thought, opinion, restaurant, recipe, song, book or idea.

Our goal is to be an “elevated” place where one can find beauty and information that teaches, enlightens and inspires – and that delivers substance and value by digging through the abundance of information, material and content that surrounds us to reveal and share that which has the most substance, value and profundity. In other words, to provide an “elevated” view of living, of life and of the world.

Mark Twain once wrote: “The common eye sees only the outside of things, and judges by that, but the seeing eye pierces through and reads the heart and the soul, finding there capacities which the outside doesn’t indicate or promise and which the other kind couldn’t detect.”

It is with a “seeing eye” that All Things Good strives to get to the heart of the matter – capturing the perspectives gleaned from “up high” and revealing all the good, beauty and inspiration found in our world today.

(As for that tapas restaurant with the “best deviled eggs” and specialty gin and tonics, you can learn more by making your way over to “Around the Table” – a page dedicated to bringing you the best of all things culinary, seasonal and celebratory.)

3 thoughts on “The Heart and Soul of All Things

  • December 9, 2020 at 6:41 pm

    My daughter sent me one of your”thoughts” and I truly appreciate its encouraging message.!!! People have become so self-serving that taking the time to slow down and just enjoy the simplicity of life. Thank you and I look forward to being refreshed and encouraged to view my life with others lives in mind too.!!!! 😄

    • December 10, 2020 at 7:05 pm

      Hi Kris – thank you so much for your comment! I’m so glad you enjoyed the message. Hope you enjoy the other posts!

  • January 3, 2015 at 2:15 am

    Great quote from Mark Twain! Enjoyed your article – thank you!


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