Tag Archives: suffering

Condemned Alleys Fading Stars

Originally posted on Recollections At Fall:
On rare pensive moments when one contemplates on the vagaries of human existence Fleeting thoughts and images flash with persistence You stop the car at the traffic lights an emaciated maimed hand knocks at…

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Stark Beauty

photo by Guido Montanes Castillo (mask available at fineartamerica.com) Thought for the Week Who doesn’t love autumn? And by “autumn,” of course, we mean mid-fall when all the leaves on the trees have finally turned to gold and amber and … Continue reading

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Suffering and Self-Preservation

Originally posted on forty-one ten:
The other day I heard someone say, “The more we are consumed with self-preservation the less attention we give to self-evaluation.” The less attention we give to self-evaluation the more blind, and even calloused, we…

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Earth Day is Us Day!

I’m not a flaming liberal. I’m more of a smoldering moderate (and smoke-free at that). But when it comes to protecting my home planet, I tend to flare up a bit. Here’s why:  Pollution kills. We’re not just talking about … Continue reading

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Their Illicit Lover

 This is one of my darker posts. And for a good reason. Please read through to the end.   A true story. He said he would kill them In his time, in his way And yet they let him stay … Continue reading

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Deep in December

“I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.” ~Mother Teresa “God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is … Continue reading

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Diminished

“No man is an island Entire of itself Every man is a piece of the continent A part of the main If a clod be washed away by the sea Europe is the less As well as if a promontory … Continue reading

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Deep in December

“I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.” ~Mother Teresa “God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is … Continue reading

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Their Illicit Lover

One of the darker things I’ve posted–for a reason. Read to the end. This is a true story. He said he would kill them In his time, in his way And yet they let him stay Even before they loved … Continue reading

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41 Years Ago Today

By the time the war ended, 58,220 American soldiers had died in Vietnam. And, in a strange irony, 50,000 of the people they’d gone to save had been evacuated to the United States. It was the largest airlift in U.S. … Continue reading

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