The Smile We Can Never Forget

Thanks for all of your comments & sympathy Kristen, Deborah & Cel. The ceremony was actually quite beautiful and heartfelt with over 200 people showing up. This young man was cared about deeply by school friends, church members, relatives and friends from around the world. He had a great impact on peoples lives as he…

Sadness

There are many kinds of sadness in life that we may encounter as we journey along. Recently I was remembering images from the Viet Nam war that I grew up with. I remember the horrific & sad news clips and I often wonder how all those suffering people are doing now. It still happens, every…

Where Have I Been, Where Will I Go?

Opportunities happen in spits and spurts for me. I¬†spontaneously¬†went out of town with friends two weeks in a row to two different places. My life has always been that way, an opportunity comes and away I go. In my heart I crave movement, excitement and travel. But most of life is not like that, is…

Wisdom from the Tao

“The heavens endure; the earth is very old. Why? Because they do not exist for themselves, they therefor have long life. The truly wise are content to be last; they are therefor first. They are indifferent to themselves; they are therefore self-confident. Perhaps it is because they do not exist for themselves that they find…

Character

“I forgot that every little action of the common day makes or unmakes character, and that therefore what one has done in the secret chamber one has some day to cry aloud on the house tops.” Oscar Wilde, De profundis

Faith

“If you have abandoned one faith, do not abandon all faith. There is always an alternative to the faith we lose. Or could it be the same thing under another mask?” Grahm Greene, 1904-1991 English novelist

Grace & Gratitude

I’ve been thinking about gratitude lately and what it means. It doesn’t mean much to say, “Thank you for this gift” and then turn around and trash it, does it? Sometimes I think I don’t live gratefully enough. Living gratefully would mean taking care of everything and everyone very well all the time – out…

9/11

Love in place of hatred is the only answer. Teach your children well. Although the memory of this day will always be sad, to honor those who died let us each find a way to bring peace & understanding in our world and make a better future for our children.

Conscience

“Some good must come by clinging to the right. Conscience is a man”s compass, and though the needle sometime’s deviates, though one perceives irregularities in directing one’s course by it, still one must try to follow it’s direction.” Vincent Van Gogh, 1853-1890 Dutch post-impressionist painter