Chapel of Optimal Life

A traditional Bible-based Christian church
A Bible-based Christian church for the modern age
A church based on the teachings of all the great thinkers
A new age church for the inquiring mind

SERMON: Personal History

Michael recently caught up with an old friend, Troy, who he had not heard from in about seven years.

At one time they had been great buddies, almost like family since they went to school together, car pooled together and were on the swim team together.

However, at some point their paths began to diverge as Troy's life began to quickly spiral into parties and excess; until, in time, Michael could barely recognize him.

Eventually he stopped seeing Troy around town and they seemed to go in very separate directions. More...

EDITORIAL: Life's Little Mysteries

There was recently an article dispelling centuries old speculation about who the Mona Lisa really was. Turns out, it was, as many suspected, a portrait of Lisa del Giocondo; and, finally, one of Leonardo's lasting legacies is now "solved for good."

As art lovers it was enlightening, and yet simultaneously saddening. A fantastic little mystery had been solved, what's the problem? As humans we seek truth so often, but some small part of the magic is lost once it has been revealed. There are many great mysteries out there that need solving, perhaps the cure for cancer or some other great ailment.

In the harmless unknown such as who sat for Leonardo's masterpiece, we find the stuff of legend, a reason for joining the hunt and imagining things bigger than the truth.

OPINION: Does Busyness Lead To Happiness?

I have been reading one of the great political and moral thinkers of the past fifty years:, the late John Rawls.

Rawls was the chair of the Department of Philosophy at Harvard, where he taught for almost forty years. He retired in the early 1990s.

I was intrigued by Rawls conception of justice.

One of the main ideas which underpins Rawls' conception of justice is that what leads to human happiness is as follows: Rawls says that human beings have a need to engage in increasingly complex behaviors as a way to stay stimulated and challenged, and thus be happy.

GOOD NEWS: Shang Yao

There is a paradise on earth.

It's hidden in the mountains and clouds of one of the world's most unknown regions.

It's difficult, some say impossible, to get there but it does exist and it is more beautiful than any poetical expression or even any photograph can convey.

This is not a paradise of the mind but a real place that exists and thrives and, for the lucky few that are able to visit, inspires faith in nature's greatness.

Today's photo tour reveals the incredible beauty of this region of exquisite dreams.

Shang Yao (pronounced 'sheng yow') allows us to dream of living in such a place.

Perhaps when we depart this realm for a final and better place, it will be as beguiling as this utopia.

nonFICTION: Barnacles and Bedlam, Part 45

Upon leaving Cape Town, Hugh Anderson who had signed on as a diver's tender was ordered to watch for submarines and enemy surface vessels from the crow's nest. The skipper was not taking any chances, even in the roaring forties. Anderson telephoned the bridge as we entered the stormy seas, complaining that he was very seasick. When he was told to come down, he said he couldn't make it. So Jaeger sent a couple of deck hands up the rigging to help him. He spent several days in sick bay after his rescue. There was bedlam in the fo'c's'le. The men had stocked the refrigerator with food stuffs, intending to tap this food supply when the meals served in the mess hall became intolerable or monotonous. More...
ADVICE: Dear Angel

I am an extremely ticklish person. All my life my older brothers, sometimes even my father, have tickled me. A little bit of tickling can be fun; I laugh, giggle, run away, am caught; it's a game.

When the perfect man I am engaged to found out about this, from my younger sister, he started to fun tickle me. We rolled around on the floor and I would try to tickle him but he doesn't appear to be particularly ticklish. Or maybe, he is so much bigger and stronger than me that I cannot sustain my feeble efforts against his onslaught.


"The dread of criticism is the death of genius."

William Gilmore Simms

"Don't put people down, unless it's on your prayer list."

Stan Michalski

"A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both."

Dwight David Eisenhower

"We are shaped by each other. We adjust not to the reality of a world, but to the reality of other thinkers."

Joseph Chilton Pearce

"A lie can go halfway around the world before the truth even has its shoes on."

Mark Twain

"There never was in the world two opinions alike, no more than two hairs or two grains. The most universal quality is diversity."

Michel Eyquem De Montaigne

"There is a great difference between knowing and understanding: you can know a lot about something and not really understand it."

Charles F. Kettering

"Victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the road may be; for without victory there is no survival."

Winston Churchill

"The ability to concentrate and to use time well is everything."

Lee Iacocca

"Have a heart that never hardens, a temper that never tires, a touch that never hurts."

Charles Dickens

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