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SERMON: Hurting Ourselves Hurts Others

There's a common myth that a person's actions only affect them. The examples range from the reckless teenager to the hard partying college student, all the way up to the family man who doesn't invest in life insurance or drinks just a little too much.

Perhaps it's a matter of putting off a responsibility, or being naive with thoughts of being an invincible island, these cases are not uncommon.

It's a nice thought, that smoking or experimenting with drugs doesn't do any harm to anyone else, but the ripple effects have a very wide range.

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EDITORIAL: The Face Of Adversity

Everyone puts their best foot forward to make their lives the best they can. So what is it about life that requires people to put their "best" foot forward? It is the difficulty and the adversity each and every person faces. In Zen philosophy, there is the Yin and the Yang energy, one good, and one bad, each a part of the whole. Without one, the other cannot exist. Along this line of thinking, without the obstacles a person faces, they would not be able to define the smooth periods and the happy times. Essentially, each half defines the other; we know a good day is good because we have had a bad day. A day at the beach is savored all the more by the simple fact that the majority of days are spent busy at work. More...

OPINION: Ashes And Snow

"In exploring the shared language and poetic sensibilities of all animals, I am working towards rediscovering the common ground that once existed when people lived in harmony with animals.

The images depict a world that is without beginning or end, here or there, past or present." -- Gregory Colbert, Creator of Ashes and Snow

Watching the extra ordinary film/series of photos I couldn't help but lose myself in the magic of his images.
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GOOD NEWS: COOLpix Puzzler: Three Boys, One Manta

On the West coast of Australia, down the coast a ways from Perth, there is delightful town named Busselton whose most famous attraction is its jetty.

It is the longest wooden jetty (pier) in the southern hemisphere, stretching almost 2 km out to sea from the town.

The jetty also features a rail line along its length, which operated commercially as part of the railway line into Busselton from Bunbury to the North.

In 2003, an underwater observatory was opened at the end of the jetty as a tourist attraction.

The jetty is not exciting but it is fascinating to tourists, kids and fisherfolk of all ages to be able to walk all this way out onto the ocean and observe and fish and, for the youngsters, just fool around. More...

FICTION: Tails of Aspabibia, Part 100

Fawn Doll drew herself up and stretched her long, graceful neck.

Then very slowly she lowered her chin and stared at him with eyes of smoldering ice.

"All I am doing," she said through clenched teeth, "is responding, appropriately, to some very unpleasant behavior in another."

"You're supposed to be above all that," Shadow reminded her with a chuckle.

She hissed at him.

"Hormones," he whispered to Viker.

"Are you calling my behavior unpleasant?" Red Pearl asked. More...

ADVICE: Dear Angel

I guess I am considered something of a rough guy, tough guy. I grew up in a tough neighborhood and had to fight my way to school and again coming home. As a result, I'm street smart and savvy about all the educated boys who had it all handed to them.

I met a nice, nice girl from the right side of the tracks, Susanne, and we hit it off right away. In her own way, she had a rough upbringing with fighting parents, a mother who drank too much, an absent father who bordered on sexual abuse and three brothers who were not particularly nice.


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"When it becomes more difficult to suffer than change -- then you will change."

Anonymous

"If football taught me anything about business, it is that you win the game one play at a time."

Fran Tarkenton

"Even where sleep is concerned, too much is a bad thing."

Homer

"Art is long and life is short and success is very far off."

Joseph Conrad

"To cease smoking is the easiest thing I ever did, I ought to know because I've done it a thousand times."

Mark Twain

"Love and work are the cornerstones of our humanness."

Sigmund Freud

"You can't cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water. Don't let yourself indulge in vain wishes."

Rabindranath Tagore

"A fool flatters himself, a wise man flatters the fool."

Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

"As the whirlwind in its fury teareth up trees, and deformeth the face of nature, or as an earthquake in its convulsions overturneth whole cities; so the rage of an angry person throweth detriment around that person."

Akhenaton

"...people never say 'It's only a game' when they're winning."

Ivern Ball



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