It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.

– Albert Einstein


   we tend to deduce

and speculate

    on the basis

    of reason,

just as we tend

    to hallucinate

and mythologize

   on the basis

   of fearfulness


   frailty remains,

stability is near

   – no fear




dreams are shadowy forms

   of self-disclosure,

unexpected announcements

   from the

   inner world

that our conscious minds







Love is a leap of immaculate, absurd, enduring trust.  – BJ


How very tough it is to get back here before the computer and commune with the hard drive!


Faith is an openness to reality – as it is –  idolatry is an attempt  to define and embody reality as we might wish it to be.



One needs only be turned around once with his eyes shut in this world to be lost. ... Not till we are lost, in other words not until we have lost the world, do we begin to find ourselves, and realize where we are and the infinite extent of our relations.  – Henry David Thoreau



Decide to network. Use every letter you write, every conversation you have, every meeting you attend to express your fundamental beliefs and dreams. Affirm to others the vision of the world you want. You are a free, immensely powerful source of life and goodness. Affirm it. Spread it.

Radiate it.  – Dr. Robert Muller



Sometimes a wave of light breaks into our darkness, and it is as though a voice were saying: “You are accepted. You are accepted by that which is greater than you, and the name of which you do not know. ... Simply accept the fact that you are accepted.”  – Paul Tillich



He who has no inner life is the slave of his surroundings.  – Henri Frederic Amiel



Get in touch with the feeling that there’s nothing wrong with you now, as you are at this minute.

– Dr. George Weinberg in the book SELF CREATION (one of the best books I have read on dealing with  depression through “the zen of doing.”)



If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape 100 days of sorrow. – a Chinese proverb



Our destinies are decided by a cosmic roll of the dice, the winds of the stars, the vagrant breezes of fortune that blow from the windmills of the gods.  – H. L. Dietrich in A FINAL DESTINY



Conflict resolution programs (enable) young people from the earliest age to realize that there are alternatives to violent behavior. In these programs, children act out scenarios in which they learn to defuse confrontation; for example, boys might be taught how not using insulting language can help resolve a dispute over the ownership of a basketball. For many boys who go through these

programs, violence goes from being a first reaction to a last resort.

– Myriam Miedzian, Social Philosopher


A trail of pictures can lead us all the way back to the big bang,

 Yet all remains a great omni-surrounding mystery.

We can’t go back there, but we are there

in a real abiding sense.


Slow down. Forget the town, the car, the road – all of it!

Let’s all “simmer down now’

and enjoy the day.



Check out Ayaan Hirsi Ali on You Tube. What a universal princess! What an intellect! What a

brave, beautiful soul!


“Don’t just do what makes you feel good. Do what makes you feel good about yourself.” – Dr. David Orrin Ritz.




Each and every micro moment, we are creating the future. Inevitably, continuously, automatically and profoundly. Every choice we make – even the choice to do nothing – reverberates through the universe, affecting, for better or worse, everything else that is.


That’s a rather bold philosophical assumption, but, as we can learn from reading THE TAO OF PHYSICS, there is strong scientific support in the world of modern quantum physics for such a theory of universal interconnectedness. 


It’s all habitual, the good stuff and the bad. Do the right thing habitually, without giving it a second thought, and all will be well, or at least better.







Love is  rising

 from the dead

and  blooming




It’s a matter of


  “the word


  becoming flesh,”


of actuality emerging


  from vision.



A well-adjusted person is one who makes the same mistake twice without getting nervous.                  

– Jane Heard



... the ultimate truth of our interior life is our absolute poverty, our radical dependence, our unquenchable thirst, our desperate need to be loved. 

– Lorenzo Albacete


“Escape the problem by solving it,” someone said.


Soon silence will have passed into legend. Man has turned his back on silence. Day after day he invents machines and devices that increase noise and distract humanity from the essence of life, contemplation, meditation ...  – Jean Arp


Life is a very simple miracle, happiness is within the reach of all, made to man’s measure; it lasts a moment and it is good.  – Nikos Kazantzakis



The past is not dead and buried. In fact, it isn’t even past.  – William Faulkner



What comes first?


That’s the only consideration that matters. But there also are those vital, essential steps involved in being adequately prepared. A good, though quite wild, example is the movie THE PROFESSIONALS, wherein Robert Ryan and other western toughies pull off a raid to rescue a hostage somewhere “south of the border.” Their preparations are meticulous, elaborate, and mostly successful; even so,

unforeseen circumstances pop up to test their flexibility and endurance.


Lord Baden Powell, observing young men ineptly dealing with dire, wartime situations, because of inadequate training in basic maintenance and survival skills, conceived the organization which came to be known as the Boy (and Girl) Scouts, with their famous motto, “Be prepared.”


Sometimes, as in the case of setting up to paint something, preparation can be as demanding as the task itself. Are we ready? Is there an appreciation for assembling the ingredients that would most likely lead to success? In terms of equipment, are there adequate resources; is there multiple redundancy of vital components, etc. Are we committed, coordinated, disciplined (i.e., self-regulated and determined to see it through)? And – most importantly – is there some allowance for the unexpected curve balls that life throws to us from time to time?






Experiencing quietness demands the elimination of as much extraneous noise as we can do without, enduring what remains by choice (for me, the low computer hum, so that this can go onto the hard drive). Outside, meanwhile, invites and beckons with bird songs and light, warm breezes all around.


I loved growing up in the middle years of my youth (13 thru 18) in close proximity to “the woods” that practically surrounded the dairy farm where we lived and worked. It was an ever-available, nearby,  retreat into quiet solitude and the healing companionship of untrammeled nature.


 Our chances of experiencing silence are greatly diminished in the modern world, because we have addicted ourselves to being always tuned into something other than the natural world – even when we’re right out there in the middle of it.





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