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I wanted to let you know that I enjoyed the poignancy inherent
in "since the universe
is everywhere, where is the one and the many?" by Paul
Dolinsky. Many of the lines I enjoyed, but I found this line especially
And so it goes,
from dream to dream,
and life to life,
from thoughts enlivened
To the awakening of one's life, my life, I wanted to express
my gratitude for your sharing.
Brooklyn, NY (for a moment anyway)
I so much liked "A Blessing and a Curse," by Anne Whitehouse.
It expressed for me beautifully the problems inherent in trying
to live in two cultures simultaneously, even though in our modern
world we need to do so.
New York, NY
We're past the grey line when the slab groans down over the lake
from Ontario. White grass reflects the tail lights at the end
of the street and everything goes mechanical for six months or
so. This is when I look. Look within, to the flesh heart and hope
to find something warm and true to carry me through. But what
can carry a person through Iraq? Ice covered paranoia still creaks
threateningly "remember viet nam. It swallowed so many, they
can take yours". And mine just left for school and I wonder
will they take mine. Send them off to be killed as occupiers.
Drinking coffee on a cold snow morning, consciousness hovers just
below the surface. Rising to mix with steam, sometimes tasting
like rational fear, sometimes like paranoia, sometimes like dream
mixed with Columbia.
I have enjoyed browsing through your site. Thank you for the
poems, links and beautiful appearance of The Golden Lantern.
I received the following in an email at a point in my day
when I really needed it...
Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some five balls
in the air. You name them: Work, Family, Health, Friends, and
Spirit, and you're keeping all of these in the air. You will soon
understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will
But the other four balls of Family, Health, Friends, and Spirit
are made of glass. If you drop one of these, they will be irrevocably
scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged, or even shattered. They will
never be the same. You must understand that and strive for balance
in your life. How?
Don't undermine your worth by comparing yourself with others.
It is because we are different that each of us is special.
Don't set your goals by what other people deem important.
Only you know what is best for you.
Don't take for granted the things closest to your heart.
Cling to them as you would your life, for without them, life is
Don't let your life slip through your fingers by living in the
past or for the future.
By living your life one day at a time, you live ALL the days of
Don't give up when you still have something to give.
Nothing is really over until the moment you stop trying.
Don't be afraid to admit that you are less than perfect.
It is this fragile thread that binds us to each together.
Don't be afraid to encounter risks.
It is by taking chances that we learn how to be brave.
Don't shut love out of your life by saying it's impossible to
find. The quickest way to receive love is to give; the fastest
way to lose love is to hold it too tightly; and the best way to
keep love is to give it wings.
Don't run through life so fast that you forget not only where
you've been but also where you are going.
Don't forget that a person's greatest emotional need is to feel
Don't be afraid to learn. Knowledge is weightless, a treasure
you can always carry easily.
Don't use time or words carelessly. Neither can be retrieved.
Life is not a race, but a journey to be savored each step of
Yesterday is History
Tomorrow is a Mystery
Today is a gift: that's why we call it - The Present.
Scotch Plains, NJ
I would like to share my favorite passage from the
Tao Te Ching (Stephen Mitchell translation):
I have just three things to teach:
simplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures.
Simple in actions and in thoughts,
you return to the source of being.
Patient with both friends and enemies,
you accord with the way things are.
Compassionate toward yourself,
you reconcile all beings in the world.
I'd like to share this parable that I recently came across:
God and the devil are walking in the countryside. As they look
out on the landscape, God says to the devil:
"Look at how beautiful the world is! Look at the hills, the
grass, the trees. Look at the sky with all those beautiful colors.
And the air! The fragrant aromas, the sun on your face! Isn't
the world a beautiful place?"
The devil turns to him and says: "Yes it is, Master. Let me
organize it for you."
in the middle of Iowa