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March 2015

Dare to Stand Alone

While this video talks in context of being a Mormon, the message is universal to all of us who dare to be different and do the right thing.

You Are Old, Father William

Alice in Wonderland

You are old, Father William,” the young man said,
“And your hair has become very white;
And yet you incessantly stand on your head–
Do you think, at your age, it is right?”

“In my youth,” Father William replied to his son,
“I feared it might injure the brain;
But, now that I’m perfectly sure I have none,
Why, I do it again and again.”

“You are old,” said the youth, “as I mentioned before,
And have grown most uncommonly fat;
Yet you turned a back-somersault in at the door–
Pray, what is the reason of that?”

“In my youth,” said the sage, as he shook his gray locks,
“I kept all my limbs very supple
By the use of this ointment — one shilling the box —
Allow me to sell you a couple?”

“You are old,” said the youth, “and your jaws are too weak
For anything tougher than suet;
Yet you finished the goose, with the bones and the beak–
Pray, how did you manage to do it?”

“In my youth,” said his father, “I took to the law,
And argued each case with my wife;
And the muscular strength which it gave to my jaw
Has lasted the rest of my life.”

“You are old,” said the youth, “one would hardly suppose
That your eye was as steady as ever;
Yet you balanced an eel on the end of your nose–
What made you so awfully clever?”

“I have answered three questions, and that is enough,”
Said his father; “don’t give yourself airs!
Do you think I can listen all day to such stuff?
Be off, or I’ll kick you down-stairs!”

-Lewis Carroll

A Life Worth Living: Qutoes from Kara Tippets

Kara Tippets, a mother of four, who recently passed away after almost three years of battling breast cancer. In October, she wrote an open letter to Brittany Maynard, the 29-year old with terminal brain cancer who advocated for widespread legislation of physician-assisted suicide before her death in Oregon on November 1st, 2014.

Kara Tippets and her children
Kara Tippets and her children

“My fight is for time and tenderness with my loves. My fight is to embrace the good moments…and loving my people well. It’s important-these moments. All our moments are precious gifts.”

“…your life matters, your story matters and your suffering matters.”

“In choosing your own death, you are robbing those that love you with such tenderness, the opportunity of meeting you in your last moments and extending your love in your last breaths.”

The Ten Commandments: Timeless

Evolutionary Dreams: Remember when you were a Tadpole and I was Fish…

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When you were a tadpole and I was a fish
In the Paleozic time,
And side by side on the ebbing tide
We sprawled through the ooze and slime,
Or skittered with many a caudal flip
Through the depths of the Carbrian fen,
My heart was rife and with the joy of life,
For I loved you even then.

Mindless we lived and mindless we loved
And mindless at last we died;
And deep in the rift of the Caradoc drift
We slumbered side by side
The world turned on in the lathe of time…

And that was a million years ago
In a time that no man knows…
Your eyes are deep as the Devon springs
Your hair is dark as jet,
Your years are few, your life is new,
Your soul untried, and yet-

…we linger at luncheon here
O’er many a dainty dish,
Let us drink anew to the time when you
Were a tadpole and I was a fish

-Langdon Smith, Evolution

I Thought of All Our Little Quarrels and Strifes the Other Day…

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To believe in God means to see that the facts of this world are not the end of the matter.

-Ludwig Wittgenstein

Eric Fromm Existential Dilemma Between Body and Spirit

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“…why most people did not become insane in the face of the existential contradiction between a symbolic self, that seems to give [humanity] infinite worth in a timeless scheme of things and a body that is worth about 98 cents? How to reconcile the two?”

-Eric Fromm

Wooing Souls

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Everyone wants to possess the thoughts, and the resources, of the young but no one is wooing their souls. Increasingly, the West “does not do God”, does not approve of soul-chasing; it routinely discourages or politicizes soul-talk.

But our souls encompass our hearts and minds. Our souls are where we explore and come to know our inmost beings, and yes, there is romance there, and adventure, and even revolution — not the sloganeering of social campaigns and passing trends, but authentic interior revolution that feeds the external and literally changes the world.

                                                                  –Elizabeth Scalia

Nations and Families

Homes and Families