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: Loving Light....

Some great spiritual masters say that God is light. I think that God is love and that *all* is God manifest in an endless variety of ways, and that light comes from the burning stars that have been enfolded into reality by God throughout our Universe.

Recently I watched a mountain in Maui change patchwork colors as the clouds moved about in the sky. Cloud cover left mountain swathes dark shadow green and uninviting, yet where the sun came through, the large patches of color were brilliant light happy yellow green, thrilling to the eyes and spirit. I was amazed that, in an instant, a cloud could steal this brightness and make it dark. More...

EDITORIAL: Putting Our Teachers Where They Belong

A student is taking his final exams. He takes his seat in the exam hall, stares at the questions and then takes his shoes off.

Next, he removes his shirt, pants and socks. The teacher, alarmed, approaches him and asked what is going on?

The student replies, "The test paper states: answer the question in briefs."

"NO," says the teacher, "it says to answer the questions in brief."

If for even one second, you thought that story might be true then you have some idea how difficult it is for teachers to teach students who can't even read properly.

The underlying problem is the standard American school system. More...

OPINION: Finding Focus

The earth has been examined by experts and awaits the results. Television commentators report and argue; newspapers prognosticate the sides of the argument; old friends take opposing sides and raise their voices to each other.

A blue ribbon panel is formed to report the results of the examination. The spokesperson faces the world and says, "I have bad news. You're going to die in 20."

The panic-stricken earth says, "20 what? Years? Months? Weeks?"

The spokesperson says, "19 - 18 - 17 - 16.."

GOOD NEWS: Here and There Four

Incredible Good News: In 1988 there were about 350,000 new cases of polio (infantile paralysis) world-wide.

In 2015, there were 100!

For those of us who remember our fears of the dreaded Poliomyelitis and the brave President of the United States, Frankin Delano Roosevelt, who suffered from the devastating effects of this scourge, the idea that we may live to see the complete end of this horror is incredibly joyful!

When U.S. airspace was closed on 9-11, Delta flight 15 and 52 other airplanes from all over the world were diverted to New Foundland where, under the direction of the Red Cross, the small town of Gander and surrounding communities sent convoys of school buses to ferry 10,500 stranded passengers to high schools, meeting halls, and lodges where they found cots, or mats with sleeping bags and pillows. More...

nonFICTION: Barnacles and Bedlam, Part 20

Fo'c'sle society note: Citizens of Beverly Hills side of the fo'c'sle are up in arms at the invasion by Pete Watson, our new baker, of their exclusive district.

A citizens' committee headed by Jim Cool has hastily been organized, but to no avail.

When asked for a statement, Watson lay back in his dirty sheets and snarled, "Them bums has got a lot of noive just cause I don't bleed blue. Anyhow, I pay me rent and dats vot counts."

The Citizens Purity League of the Beverly Hills side of the fo'c'sle are nonplussed and plan early action. Cook says, "We'll snub him, that's what we'll do." Cook says, "We'll snub him, that's what we'll do." More...
ADVICE: Dear Angel

My 10 year old son just had a birthday party at our local bowling place. He invited 9 of his closest male friends at a cost of $15.00 per child plus our son, of course. One of the boy guests had a friend of his sleep over and his mother brought that boy's friend and two siblings of one of the other invited boys came. Plus, three parents stayed.


"So long as governments set the example of killing their enemies, private individuals will occasionally kill theirs."

Elbert Hubbard

"St. Francis was a sissy."

Dan Goggin

"The biggest room in the world is the room for improvement."


"Where love and wisdom drink out of the same cup, in this everyday world, it is the exception."

Madam Neckar

"Parents, however old they and we may grow to be, serve among other things to shield us from a sense of our doom. As long as they are around, we can avoid the fact of our mortality; we can still be innocent children."

Jane Howard

"We are more thoroughly an enlightened people, with respect to our political interests, than perhaps any other under heaven. Every man among us reads, and is so easy in his circumstances as to have leisure for conversations of improvement and for acquiring information."

Benjamin Franklin

"I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot... and I missed. I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that's precisely why I succeed."

Michael Jordan

"American dreams are strongest in the hearts of those who have seen America only in their dreams."

Pico Iyer

"We must appreciate the doers of this country because they elevate the standards of the rest of us."


"Search others for their virtue, and yourself for your vices."

R. Buckminster Fuller

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