Chapel of Optimal Life

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SERMON: Decisive Indecision

You know that old adage that says you make a choice even if you don't make a choice? Such a notion suggests that if a person does not make a decision, that is a decision in and of itself. Suppose a job opportunity comes up and being unsure if you want to take on the workload, you miss the chance and someone else gets the position.

This is an example of a time when being undecided is a decision. In this case by not actively choosing to take the new job responsibilities it became a default choice to not take them. One could surmise that by passing on the road to career growth a person has chosen stagnation. More...

EDITORIAL: Wisdom Of Americans

Thanks to the internet and the ever expanding technologies available to us today, it is grows increasingly easy to disseminate information. Likewise it is ever simpler to research people, places and events going on in places near and far. As our world shrinks and we learn of foreign histories, cultures, philosophies and events on a global scale, we think it's important to remember the wisdom that is, and has been born in the U. S. A.

"Who is wise? He that learns from everyone. Who is powerful? He that governs his passions. Who is rich? He that is content. Who is that? Nobody." Surely such a quote is attributed to one of today's chic philosophies, right? These words are in fact, from the venerable Benjamin Franklin's Poor Richard's Almanack. So succinct is the quote and yet it speaks volumes of the nature of man. More...

OPINION: The Outsiders

Susan Eloise Hinton's movie "The Outsiders" reflects a social drama that we have been experiencing for a very long time in America.

It features an important aspect of our social conflicts: rich kids vs. poor kids.

The movie narrates the story of two rival groups in rural Oklahoma: The Socials "The Socs" (representing the rich kids) versus The Greasers (representing the poor kids).

The tension begins when two Greasers, Johnny and Ponyboy, happen to fall in love with two wonderful girls, Cherry and Marcia by name, at a movie theater.

GOOD NEWS: Honey And Cinnamon; Miracle Potions?

It is said that a mixture of honey and cinnamon cures most diseases.

Weekly World News, a magazine in Canada, has given the following list of diseases that can be helped by honey and cinnamon as researched by doctors and scientists. Both of these natural products have long been part of folk medicine and recent research indicates that taken singly or together, they can relieve many of humanities distresses, ills and aches.

HEART DISEASES: Make a paste of honey and cinnamon powder, apply on bread instead of jelly and jam and eat it regularly for breakfast.

It can reduce cholesterol in the arteries and save some patients from heart attacks. Also, for those who have already had an attack, if they do this process daily... More...

nonFICTION: Barnacles and Bedlam, Part 54

JD&P arranged for water, bottled at a local plant, to be delivered daily to all salvage projects, including the Chamberlain.

Additionally, we received a large supply of ice to make the almost hot water even somewhat drinkable.

Because of the intense heat, perspiration oozed from our bodies, even without exertion.

In a climate with normal humidity, the evaporation of the sweat provides some relief from the intense heat.

The perspiration also leeched out the body mineral salts, so vital to maintain protection against fatigue and the sun's heat. More...
ADVICE: Dear Angel

I have been in a pretty good relationship for the past six months but suddenly in the past six weeks or so, she has upped the ante. She wants me with her full time.

One thing I liked about this lady was that she seemed to understand that I need my alone time. I don't even need time with the boys or a girl. I just need my alone time. I have been pretty much a loner all my life and Harriet came along and came after me.

I liked having her be the seeker since I have always been too shy and insecure to woo anyone. One reason I am a loner is that I couldn't even work on someone to be my pal and no guy cared enough to work on me.


"At thirty years of age, the will reigns; at fifty, the wit; and at seventy, the judgement."

Benjamin Franklin paraphrased for the 21st century

"We don't take our pleasures seriously enough."

Charles Eames

"The mystery does not get clearer by repeating the question."


"Every immigrant who comes here should be required within five years to learn English or leave the country."

Theodore Roosevelt

"The basis of accomplishment is in never quitting."

Mengzi Meng-tse

"I would rather lose in a cause that will some day win, than win in a cause that will some day lose!"

Woodrow T. Wilson

"Memory is the treasury and guardian of all things."

Marcus T. Cicero

"The family is one of nature's masterpieces."

George Santayana

"We only confess our little faults to persuade people that we have no big ones."

Francois De La Rochefoucauld

"The evil of the world is made possible by nothing but the sanction you give it."

Ayn Rand

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