Five or Ten Quotes from Dr. Seuss

Theodor Seuss Geisel (aka…Dr. Seuss, Theo LeSieg, Rosetta Stone, Theophrastus Seuss) “You’ll miss the best things if you keep your eyes shut.”  “Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!”“Only you can control your future.”“Don’t cry because it’s over, smileContinue reading “Five or Ten Quotes from Dr. Seuss”

Christmas…

I’ve posted this Christmas prayer/mediation by Paramahansa Yogananda for the past few Christmases. I find it so beautiful that I thought I would post it again. But the difficult part, the nearly impossible part (at least for me), is living up to it…but it’s good, I think, to have something to aspire to. Merry Christmas.Continue reading “Christmas…”

A Poem by Thich Nhat Hanh…

Please Call Me by My True NamesDon’t say that I will depart tomorrow–even today I am still arriving. Look deeply: every second I am arriving to be a bud on a Spring branch, to be a tiny bird, with still-fragile wings, learning to sing in my new nest, to be a caterpillar in the heartContinue reading “A Poem by Thich Nhat Hanh…”

Five quotes on Thankfulness…

So today is the American holiday of Thanksgiving. This is my favorite holiday because it is simply about getting together with family and having a really good meal. But, I believe and hence its name, it is a time for reflection; a time to be thankful. Personally, I know that it is so easy toContinue reading “Five quotes on Thankfulness…”

Five or Nine Quotes from Aldous Huxley

Aldous Leonard Huxley26 July 1894 – 22 November 1963 “We are not our own any more than what we possess is our own. We did not make ourselves, we cannot be supreme over ourselves. We are not our own masters.” “It’s a little embarrassing that after 45 years of research & study, the best adviceContinue reading “Five or Nine Quotes from Aldous Huxley”

Thoughts on prayer (and what it means to me)

This is the second in a series I started a little over a month ago on positive scripture (click here to read the first). But first I have to state a very short disclaimer. I’ve said this before but feel I have to say it again. My personal theology is…um, well. Scratch that. Actually IContinue reading “Thoughts on prayer (and what it means to me)”

Five or Ten Quotes from Kurt Vonnegut

Image found here. Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. November 11, 1922 – April 11, 2007 “To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it.” “We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.” “I want toContinue reading “Five or Ten Quotes from Kurt Vonnegut”

This is beautiful…

This happened the other day right here in the City of Good Neighbors. I find it interesting that there is so much bad news reported in mainstream media every single day yet good things like this barely make the cut. Anyhow, I hope you watch this, it really is beautiful; a man reacting to hisContinue reading “This is beautiful…”

Five or Fourteen Quotes on the Golden Rule…

I find this amazing…that the Golden Rule (or the Original Truth), which of course is a blueprint on how we as humans should treat one another, is said across the board in every religion, faith, and non-faith. While the actual words that are said may change, these all still say the same thing…be nice toContinue reading “Five or Fourteen Quotes on the Golden Rule…”

Two Pics and a Quick Note…

First a couple notes on these photos. The above photo is a leaf that is just outside the rear door where I work and come-and-go each day. It is hanging by a single strand of a spider’s web and blows and twirls in the breeze (if you look close you can see the strand ofContinue reading “Two Pics and a Quick Note…”

Positive Scripture…

So first…a couple of things. One is that if you’ve been to this blog you know a few things about me. I like bread, yes; I prefer to ride a bike rather than drive a car, yes; but also that I–like so many others–am on a spiritual journey (but we all are whether we admitContinue reading “Positive Scripture…”

Five or Ten Quotes from John Lennon…

John Winston Lennon Born on this day 73 years ago. “It doesn’t matter how long my hair is or what colour my skin is or whether I’m a woman or a man.”   “As usual, there is a great woman behind every idiot.” “I believe in God, but not as one thing, not as anContinue reading “Five or Ten Quotes from John Lennon…”

On Cooking for One’s Self…

That’s Maxwell and Franklin above staring at me while I cook my dinner. By the look in their eyes you’d think that I never feed them…but they just finished eating their dinner. So what do they have to do with cooking for One’s Self? Well, not much on the one hand, but on the other,Continue reading “On Cooking for One’s Self…”

The Overview Effect…

You’ve likely seen this by now as it has been floating around cyber-space for a while. I really think it is worth the time to watch. I found it incredibly moving; inspiring. In one sense it made me feel small (in a good way) and in another it made me remember how incredible connected weContinue reading “The Overview Effect…”

Morning and Evening…the view from my handlebars and front porch

It’s incredible to think that these two photos were taken a mere 11 hours apart and on the same day. It was/is a beautiful autumn day. The above photo was taken on my very short commute to work at about 8am and the below photo was taken from my front porch about 7pm. I justContinue reading “Morning and Evening…the view from my handlebars and front porch”

Five or Eleven Quotes from Yusuf Islam (formerly Cat Stevens), plus a song and its lyric

Yusuf Islam  (born Steven Demetre Georgiou; 21 July 1948) “Communal well-being is central to human life.” “Ever since I became a Muslim, I’ve had to deal with attempts to damage my reputation and countless insinuations seeking to cast doubt on my character and trying to connect me to causes which I do not subscribe to.”Continue reading “Five or Eleven Quotes from Yusuf Islam (formerly Cat Stevens), plus a song and its lyric”

Harvest Moon…

This is the view of the harvest moon from the end of my street in the middle of a medium-sized city on the eastern side of America. I find it really interesting and truly amazing that no matter what part of the globe you are reading these words sometime within a 24 hour span youContinue reading “Harvest Moon…”

The Supper of the Lamb…Robert Farrar Capon

Photo Credit.   Robert Farrar Capon October 26, 1925 – September 5, 2013 “Let me begin without ceremony. In addition to one iron pot, two sharp knives, and four heads of lettuce, you will need the following.” The above sentences are the opening lines of Robert Farrar Capon’s book, The Supper of the Lamb. IContinue reading “The Supper of the Lamb…Robert Farrar Capon”

Autumn…

“Just as a painter needs light in order to put the finishing touches to his picture, so I need an inner light, which I feel I never have enough of in the autumn.”~Leo Tolstoy Autumn has always been my favorite season. And yes, I realize that we are a couple weeks away from it’s officialContinue reading “Autumn…”