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)”


per·spec·tive n. a. A view or vista. b. A mental view or outlook This blog, in a way, has always been a sort of emotional medicine for me in the public arena. In what I write but also in the photos I post. Like many, I suppose, I have been a worrier since I wasContinue reading “Perspective…”

The passage of time, on being present, and a quote or two…

Okay. So first off, it is not very often that I post pictures of myself (almost never) but here you have it. This is a photo of my son and I as we (his mom and I) were dropping him off at his first year of college (the color-coordinated shirts were purely coincidence). And asContinue reading “The passage of time, on being present, and a quote or two…”

Where I’m at…

Image Found Here. “Oh no I’ve said too much; I haven’t said enough…” ~Michael Stipe, Losing My Religion This is a bit of personal stuff but I feel like I have to say it. There are a few people that know me that read this blog, and a number that I feel like I know—toContinue reading “Where I’m at…”

Five (or seven) Quotes from Deepak Chopra

Photo Credit. “When you make a choice, you change the future.” “You will be transformed by what you read.”  “The most creative act you will ever undertake is the act of creating yourself.” “The worst curse to befall anyone is stagnation, a banal existence, the quiet desperation that comes out of a need for conformity.Continue reading “Five (or seven) Quotes from Deepak Chopra”

Five Quotes from Swami Vivekananda

Swami Vivekananda (né, Narendra Nath Datta) 12 January 1863 – 4 July 1902 To learn more about Swami Vivekananda, visit one of the foundations that bear his name (here or here), or also this wiki.“We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; theyContinue reading “Five Quotes from Swami Vivekananda”

Five Quotes from Henri Nouwen

Henri Jozef Machiel Nouwen (Nouen)  (January 24, 1932 – September 21, 1996) I came across the the above photo recently at Indy Bikehiker (thanks John!) and it reminded me of some of the books I’ve read by this inspirational and prolific author (this one is my favorite). But it also reminded me that even thoughContinue reading “Five Quotes from Henri Nouwen”

Five Parallel Sayings from the Christ and the Buddha

Image found here. I personally have always found the parallels between many (most) of the major religions fascinating, and these few sayings are just a very small example. Many more parallels in the sayings of these great teachers can be found at the World Peace Page. To read more in the five quotes series, clickContinue reading “Five Parallel Sayings from the Christ and the Buddha”

A Few Thoughts on Theology, Car Ownership, and Things That Can be Carried on a Bike (#468)

Yup. That’s me in the above photo. Very rarely do I post pictures of myself on this blog but here’s one. And what’s even more odd is that it shows me getting into a car. My son took the photo of me getting into a Buffalo Car Share car last weekend. But as usual, I’mContinue reading “A Few Thoughts on Theology, Car Ownership, and Things That Can be Carried on a Bike (#468)”

A Pin, a Quote, and a Prayer…a few thoughts on peace

The above image is of a pin that was given to me yesterday by a friend (thanks Jane!). It’s a miniature version of a sign that I’ve had in the front garden for the past years. Actually the sign in front of my house is the second sign…the first was stolen (how’s that for irony).Continue reading “A Pin, a Quote, and a Prayer…a few thoughts on peace”

Five Quotes from Lao Tzu

Sixth century BC depiction of Lao Tzu, found here. Lao Tzu at wikipedia.Tao Te Ching at wikipedia.Read the Tao Te Ching online. “A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.” “Be content with what you have; rejoice inContinue reading “Five Quotes from Lao Tzu”

Five Quotes from John Muir

Photo Credit: National Park Service John Muir (21 April 1838 – 24 December 1914) “Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.” “In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” “God has cared forContinue reading “Five Quotes from John Muir”

Four Photos of Flowers (and how they inspire me)

It’s interesting. I like many adults have suffered from sleep problems for most of my life. It’s rare for me to sleep more than 6 hours. But every so often I do. My body crashes. Last night was one such instance. I went to bed around 1:00am–which is late for me–and didn’t wake until nearlyContinue reading “Four Photos of Flowers (and how they inspire me)”

Five Quotes from Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou, born Marguerite Ann Johnson; April 4, 1928 I posted the below quotes nearly two years ago. Often when I re-post quotes I will change them up a bit. But these move me still. “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” Continue reading “Five Quotes from Maya Angelou”

When I Grow Up…

This photo is a manipulated version of a photo I borrowed from Sustrans. I’m not sure if it is the fact that I turned the big five-oh this past fall, or maybe that my son is approaching college age, but I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately (as if I didn’t think enough already)…mainlyContinue reading “When I Grow Up…”

Sometimes a Book Finds You…

I love books and bookstores. When I travel I make a point of visiting used and/or independent bookstores in that city. And I really do believe that books sometimes find you…that they are placed before you for you to find and hopefully read. The book above is a good example (and more on that inContinue reading “Sometimes a Book Finds You…”

Five Quotes from Dorothy Day

“I have long since come to believe that people never mean half of what they say, and that it is best to disregard their talk and judge only their actions.” “The greatest challenge of the day is: how to bring about a revolution of the heart, a revolution which has to start with each oneContinue reading “Five Quotes from Dorothy Day”

Life = Risk (one way to look at it)

I’ve seen this short clip in the past, but can’t remember if I previously posted it here or not. Anyhow, I just came across it again on Facebook and thought I’d share it for the end of this year and the beginning of the next. Though I find this very inspiring, it’s title is aContinue reading “Life = Risk (one way to look at it)”