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Our greatest fear….

November 13, 2010 Leave a comment

This is a wonderful thought by Marianne Wiliamson:
Please pardon the slight editing (omission) of some of the words/lines. The unadulterated version is viewable through the above link, as is the information about its original source of publication.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are younot to be? […] Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory […] that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”


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A Dangerous Book For Boys

November 13, 2010 Leave a comment

This recent publication is an incredible resource for boys and boys at heart.  Crammed with knowledge that is useful or just coolregarding major battles in history, big questions about our world and universe, neat projects to build and hurt yourself with, and general all around useful things for outdoorsy lads.

An even more incredible text that I found (literally in old boxes of my parents’) is a publication called Chums, an encyclopedia-like annual publication from the late 1800s and early 1900s.  Uncovering several of these relics, I have perused several copies.  It becomes quickly evident how skilled and adept this prior generation was at both reading and building.

One of the projects from A Dangerous Book for Boys is to build a go cart of sorts out of buggy wheels and boards.  Unpowered, it is not much more than four wheels and a couple of planks, one hinged to steer.  This is unfortunately an almost impossible task as buggy wheels from perambulators are either extinct or incredibly valuable.  The projects laid out for the boys of the early twentieth century are more involved.  From the 1928-29 edition,projects include a rabbit hutch, hanging bookshelf/cupboards, picture frames, book cases, a tracing mechanism to enlarge or reduce drawings, a ‘water motor’ (akin to a paddle wheel that might drive a mill), a dog kennel, a work bench that folds back against the wall (all the joints are notched to join securely together), and a model steam turbine engine with the statement “an actual working model that any boy can make”.

Keep an eye out for these books. Both are great reads and packed with cool stuff.
For more information about Chums check out this site.

Time won’t save your soul

November 13, 2010 Leave a comment

Time:  Flying, racing, buying, saving, making, wasting, and the murderous killing.

Much of our life and attention seems devoted to this construct of Time.  The sage, watchdog figure of Father Time meticulously monitoring the spilling sands in the hourglass of life, until the last grain has tumbled.  Life oft seems spent in a frenetic scramble to preserve this most valuable of commodities.

But is Time a worthwhile concern?  Much of Western culture has been shaped around this preoccupation with time.   Complex methods and devices have been devised by which to preserve our precious time.  But how much extra time do these wonders create?  Shouldn’t it then seem, given all the gadgetry, that there is an abundance of time to do with what we want?

How much time is spent cajoling the very technology meant to ease time constraints into doing what we ask?  Has paper and pencil ever refused to release to you your own essay moments before it’s due?

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Hydration:

November 13, 2010 Leave a comment

Water is inarguably crucial to our lives.  Behind air it is the next most dire need.
Being 70-80% water is a concept difficult to understand.

It strikes me that many of the harmful things that we consume tend to dehydrate us: coffee, sugary soft drinks and such, liquor and alcohol.

I wonder if there is a correlation, then, between health and hydration?

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Community:

November 13, 2010 Leave a comment

If people lived in communities with closer ties, would crime be decreased?  Would someone steal Frank’s bike if they could never ride it because it was Frank’s bike, or buy it because they knew the owner?  Would someone steal if they could see the first hand effects of their actions upon that person? ?

Does anonymity allow us to subvert our human capacity for compassion and put our own desires first

Humility:

November 12, 2010 Leave a comment

The more I think about it, HUMILITY seems a necessary ingredient for our ongoing growth and success.

A knife that is sharp cannot but get dull…er

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Cartoon Theme Songs….

November 12, 2010 Leave a comment

What is really frightening to me is just how many of these I recalled upon hearing them, though I originally had no conscious recollection of the cartoons themselves.

A testament to the power of the jingle to worm its way into the memory.

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