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Words: “To Be Everywhere At Once Is To Be Nowhere Forever”

In our rush to be and do everything, we rush past so much that maybe small in the moment but huge in a life time. “There are some good things to be said about walking. Not many, but some.  Walking… Continue Reading →

Words: ” …to resist a technological formula that is sterile”

“Perhaps success in the future will depend partly on our ability to generate cheap power, but I think it will depend to a greater extent on our ability to resist a technological formula that is sterile: peas without pageantry, corn without coon, knowledge without wisdom, kitchens without a warm stove. There is more to these rocks than uranium; there is the lichen on the rock, the smell of the fern whose feet are upon the rock, the view from the rock...” E.B. White, Essays of E.B. White

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Elwyn Brooks “E. B.” White (July 11, 1899 – October 1, 1985)

Husband, father, Animal lover, naturalist, gentlem...

Words: “Be An Intelligent Toiler… “

May we each understand the need, and strive to be, an intelligent toiler...
"An infallible test of civilization is that a man claiming to be civilized should be an intelligent toiler, that he should understand the dignity of labor, and that his work should be such as to advance the interests of the community to which he belongs."   ~~ Mahatma Gandhi (or Mohandas K. Gandhi)

From THE ESSENTIAL GANDHI: An Anthology of his Writings on his Life, Work, and Ideas; Louis Fisher, Editor, p. 82

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Words: “Water …The Vital Humour Of This Arid Earth”

Leonardo Da Vinci was a keen observer and student of nature.  His notes on The Nature of Water, from The notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci , Translation by Edward MacCurdy (1955) are perceptive and eloquent: “Water is that which serves the vital… Continue Reading →

Can We Ever Feel Too Valuable?

We all have an innate need to be valued in life — to feel we are valuable as individuals and as members of our community and to feel that our contributions are worthy and appreciated. But can we ever feel too valuable?

Words: “The World Of The Individual Person…”

Recently, Pew Research asked thousands of Americans where they find meaning in life.  Instead of presenting group responses, they highlighted the wonderful responses and stories from the world of the individual person.  It reminded me that: Everything of value and meaning… Continue Reading →

Universal Well-Being And Planetary Considerations

What will it take for us to let go of our endless debates and finger-pointings over global warming or global climate change?  When will we begin to truly recognize that the heart of our human existence and survival is the… Continue Reading →

Words: “After Us, There Will Be Others…”

You know you are hanging out with the right kind of friends, when, on a day you most need it, you are gifted with a beautiful starfish and the words “You make a difference every day!” The original Starfish Story… Continue Reading →

Walking In Nature — A Basic Tool For Creative Multitasking

Author Julia Cameron points out that one of the most valuable tools for creativity is one of the simplest — walking. When she wrote THE ARTIST’S WAY she didn’t address exercise until week 12 in the program. In IT’S NEVER… Continue Reading →

Words: “The Field Of All Possibilities…”

When all the stars align in our favor, we tend to feel a sense of self-satisfaction that the universe has fallen into place for us.  But instead, maybe we should feel a sense of humbling recognition that among the field… Continue Reading →

Would Your Ideal Americans be — Honest, Kind, Strong, and Responsible?

These days, it is kind of hard not to believe the great American divide is all around us. As proof we are bombarded daily with endless examples of a society divided by class, race, gender, politics, finances… And not to… Continue Reading →

Here’s To Your Liberty And Mine

While your liberty and mine can take many different forms, may we ever embrace and strive towards an ideal of liberty where all people have the right, the power, and the ability to choose… “Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to… Continue Reading →

FDR’s Words: ” Forests Are The Lungs Of Our Land “

The Dust Bowl was the worst drought in U.S. history, covering more than 75 percent of the country and affecting 27 states severely.  The drought lasted nearly a decade, from 1930-1939. It’s impacts lasted decades longer.  Topsoil from the drought… Continue Reading →

Words To Live By: “Nature Brings Solace In All Troubles”

Within her diary, first published as THE SECRET ANNEX and later published as THE DIARY OF A YOUNG GIRL, Anne Frank expresses her belief in the healing power of nature — “amidst the simple beauty of nature…will always be comfort… Continue Reading →

Words: ” No Wealth In The World Can Help Humanity Forward …”

How do we help humanity forward?  When we value the wrong things, then we focus on the wrong things. And, of course, we create the wrong things. Not the things that we most need… As Albert Einstein explained in THE… Continue Reading →

Words: Zane Grey “What Any Man Can Do…”

Author Zane Grey has a few simple, timeless suggestions for when, in the midst of our helpless frustration, we wonder what any one man or woman can do to change things or make a difference in what is happening around… Continue Reading →

Words: “Where Human Beings Grow Human Souls …”

Where do we find our courage, our strength, our resiliency, our compassion… Ursula K. Le Guin explained in her Mills College Commencement address, 1983 (excerpt): “Because you are human beings you are going to meet failure. You are going to meet disappointment,… Continue Reading →

Words: “The Bastard Muses … Propaganda, Sentimentality, and Pornography”

In the age of social media when we are overwhelmed by too much information and too many ultra compelling stories from questionable sources with untold or dubious purposes, it’s helpful to remember Cleanth Brooks’ warning about the “Bastard Muses ”… Continue Reading →

Reclaiming Creativity

Creativity is how we reframe and redefine our world.  It is how we express our joys, fears, interests, hates, passions, frustrations…  It is how we feed our curiosity, learning, understanding, artistry, craftsmanship, resiliency, social connections…  It is a profound part… Continue Reading →

Words: T.S. Elliot “…When We Do Not Know Enough…”

We can never know everything.  But, when we do not know …when we have moments of doubt or confusion …or when we simply do not know enough — Do we ignore the unknown?  Or, do we pause to wonder? Do we assume we know?… Continue Reading →

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