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SERMON: Where Are You?

In this age of technology, quick fixes, and lightning fast communication it is all the more important to step back and ask yourself this question in regards to your spiritual life, to take a moment and think about your role in the world. Despite our modern age of psychological advances and many people find themselves missing something that cannot be explained, many people find themselves in a spiritual wasteland.

Are you stuck in a rut? We all need encouragement to really take a look at what it is that we're missing, what that hole is inside of us that leaves us drained and unmotivated.
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EDITORIAL: Benefits Of Yoga

If you've never tried it, we suggest you give it a whirl. What do you have to lose other than an hour of your day (that you will ultimately thank yourself for 'losing' anyways)? You may think that yoga is for the insanely flexible people who like to contort their bodies into pretzels while chanting "OM". Yes, yoga undoubtedly will bring you closer to being able to twist your body into positions you never imagined, but far more important is the fact that yoga heals.

Yoga is a powerful practice with health benefits across the spectrum of your health needs. We know very flexible sixty and seventy year olds who practice Yoga regularly. More...

OPINION: Out Of The Closet

I have been having a breakthrough over the past couple weeks of great importance to me personally: I have finally started talking freely about the fact that I have bipolar.

By "freely" I do not mean that I have been telling everyone whom I have encountered about my condition.

Rather, I have decided that I must not be ashamed to discuss if it is helpful to do so, and I have begun talking about it to the extent that it is relevant to my personal - friendly and romantic - and professional relationships. More...

GOOD NEWS: Corals

'Twas Friday morn when we set sail,
And we hadn't got far from land,
When the Captain spied a pert mermaid,
With a comb and a glass in her hand.

Oh the ocean waves must roll
And the stormy winds must blow
And we poor sailors are skipping at the top
While the corals lie down below.

While the corals lie down below, below, below



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FICTION: Tails of Aspabibia, Part 80

The kittens turned to Viker for reassurance but his face was expressionless.

"First Lake of the Gemstone," Viker repeated. "It's sacred to the Kelpys."

"Kelpys?" Buddha murmured.

A tuft of wet hair was protruding from his mouth. He twisted his head and tried to spit it out but it held fast.

"What's a Kelpy?" he demanded, clawing at the errant fur.

Viker was silent for a moment.

"I hope it's good," Fawn Doll said. "I can't take much more of this." More...

ADVICE: Dear Angel

My four year old son's father and I are separated because of his abusive behavior. Most of it is mentally abusive, shouting at me, insulting me and putting me down. He has shaken me a few times and when he gets enraged, I am afraid of him but no bruises so far.

I would like to take my son and move far, far away but Robbie really loves his daddy who, as far as I know, has never been abusive to Robbie.


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"Nothing is so beautiful and wonderful, nothing is so continually fresh and surprising, so full of sweet and perpetual ecstacy, as the good."

Simone Weil

"Prayer is a groan."

Saint Jerome

"Chance favors only the prepared mind."

Louis Pasteur

"A happy family is but an earlier heaven."

John Bowring

"Have you learned the lessons only of those who admired you, and were tender with you, and stood aside for you? Have you not learned great lessons from those who braced themselves against you, and disputed passage with you?"

Walt Whitman

"There is no greater mistake than the hasty conclusion that opinions are worthless because they are badly argued."

Thomas H. Huxley

"Not to alter one's faults is to be faulty indeed."

Confucius

"Help others achieve their dreams and you will achieve yours."

Les Brown

"Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow; the most important thing, never stop questioning."

Albert Einstein

"Hold a picture of yourself long and steadily enough in your mind's eye and you will be drawn toward it. Picture yourself vividly as winning and that alone will contribute immeasurably to success. Great living starts with a picture, held in your imagination, of what you would like to do or be."

Harry Emerson Fosdick



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