Chapel of Optimal Life

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SERMON: Living Single in a Double World

As he sat on the floor with kids scurrying all around him, he thought of the life that his brothers and sisters had, about their marriages and their children. All of his nieces and nephews were special to him, but they weren't his children; his sibling's marriages brought him happiness, but he remained single.

And the questions they never stopped asking, "Have you found a girl yet?" "When are you going to marry?" "When are you going to settle down?" "When are we going to see grandchildren?"

He was a single man in a time when men weren't supposed to be single. More...

EDITORIAL: Taking the War out of Religion

The bible is full of wars, killing, destruction, often without mercy, but that all ends with the coming of Jesus.

When Jesus arrives, he arrives with a message: peace, turn the other cheek, thou shalt not kill. He never asked for armies to rise up and fight in His name. He never asked for vengeance. He never asked for forced conversions.

Plenty of popes, popinjays, and politicians, did this, over and over, but not blessed Jesus.

Why do parsons, padres, pagans, pashas, paisanos, paladins, paleontologists and palookas all call for armies to rise up in Christ's name when the man for whom Christianity is named never ever hinted at such action being taken, let alone, in his hallowed name?

OPINION: First Lady Of The World

"One of the best ways of enslaving a people is to keep them from education...The second way of enslaving a people is to suppress the sources of information, not only by burning books but by controlling all the other ways in which ideas are transmitted." - Eleanor Roosevelt, May 11th, 1943

Otherwise known as "the First Lady of the Western World", Eleanor Roosevelt was a progressive minded woman who never hid behind elitism or hierarchies. She lived among the people. She was always fighting for the underdog, inspiring cooperation and compassion amongst her admirers.

GOOD NEWS: TheCOOLpix Puzzler: Chinese Girl

Because Chinese law only allows each set of parents one child, and because of old Chinese prejudices, most parents want a boy child.

Having no Social Security system, parents depend on their sons (and his wife) to take care of them in their old age.

But, like children the world over since time eternal, little girls, once here, are often more fun than little boys, and become their parents pride and joy and get spoiled just as much as the sole child sons. This little darling wanted a sweet a street peddler was offering and when mommy said no, she let everyone know how very unhappy she was.

After this photo was snapped, mommy noticed the attention she was getting and gave in and bought the sweet. More...

nonFICTION: Barnacles and Bedlam, Part 51

A salt marsh lying below sea level under a row of cliffs protected Montgomery's southern flank about forty miles south of the coast in the Western Desert of Egypt, in what was called the Quattara Depression.

With the southern front almost impregnable, Montgomery had the advantage of concentrating his forces and attention on the western front.

His army could not be outflanked, but there was great danger that Rommel's superior ground forces, with the help of his air force, could penetrate Montgomery's defenses in the west.

ADVICE: Dear Angel

I am a nineteen year old college junior, quite intelligent in college subjects but woefully lacking in social smarts and skills. My parents are very prominent in our city each in different fields. My older brother is following in their footsteps and is already a rising star in political office. I'm the shy intelligent one who is ill at ease in almost every social situation. My folks and brother ask me questions then never wait for me to answer before they blather on.


"Our thanks to God should always precede our requests."


"The human mind is our fundamental resource."

John F. Kennedy

"Time = Life, Therefore, waste your time and waste of your life, or master your time and master your life."

Alan Lakein

"Pay beforehand if you would have your work poorly done."


"Once upon a time only Washington's face was on our money, now Washington's hands are on it too."


"My heart is ever at your service."

William Shakespeare

"Let's choose today to quench our thirst for the "good life" we thinks others lead by acknowledging the good that already exists in our lives. We can then offer the universe the gift of our grateful hearts."

Sarah Ban Breathnach

"Since my leaving the drinking of wine, I do find myself much better, and do mind my business better, and do spend less money, and less time lost in idle company."

Samuel Pepys

"All the feeling which my father could not put into words was in his hand -- any dog, child, or horse would recognize the kindness of it."

Freya Stark

"We are all broken. Those of us who are less broken need to help those who are more broken."


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