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30. Thought

When I was a teenager I was interested in the purported power of mind over matter. I was intensely curious to know if pure thought could in fact move or affect objects. I’d seen books and videos on the subject, and they compelled me to believe some people did...
9. Visions

9. Visions

   My dog, Puddles, is antisocial. She loves humans. But she cares very little about her own kind. She’s ten-years-old and is set in her ways, and I can’t blame her for not wanting to be bothered by others dogs, especially those who are overly curious or...

8. Humor

A letter to my son Dear Son, Day by day, in simple ways Some men can make us better. They teach without a single word, That’s why I write this letter. Don’t let the sort with anxious minds Blind you with ambition. But look for patient, quiet souls. Let...

31. Retrospect

I used to like most anything that had a motor attached to it. Growing up I had a go-cart. For a while it was fun, but then my interest waned and I moved up to a motorcycle. It was a faster and smoother ride. But then, when I was old enough to get my drivers license, I...

15. Memory

But the poetical nature is the nature that is not easily contented, because it tends to idealisation, to the thought that the present might easily be so much happier, brighter, more beautiful, than it is. — Memory, Joyous Gard On the road again… Having...

3. Emotion

We have developed a curious idea of what men and women ought to be; and one of our pretences is that men should affect not to understand sentiment, and to leave, as we rudely say, “all that sort of thing to the women.” — Emotion, Joyous Gard At a...

2. Growth

“…I am sure that there are many people who, looking back at their youth, are conscious that they had something stirring and throbbing within them which they have somehow lost; some vision, some hope, some faint and radiant ideal.” — Growth,...

1. Knowledge

We Americans love to see immediate results. We love fast food because it’s – well, fast. We want quick results from exercise and diet. We take power (quick) naps, and we expect our photographs to be developed in under an hour. We’re thirsty....

11. Education

Patience isn’t taught in a classroom. I’m sure that many people don’t bother gathering and sending in all of the receipts and information necessary to claim the rebates that are sometimes available on items they’ve purchased. And I understand...

9. Interpretation

No art, no literature, are worth anything at all unless they send one back to life with a renewed desire to taste it and to live it. — Joyous Gard The simple and plain things, we many times overlook them don’t we? It is by a misalignment of the spirit that...
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