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"A Look to the Heavens"

11/26/2014 00:09:10 AM

“Sculpted by stellar winds and radiation, a magnificent interstellar dust cloud by chance has assumed this recognizable shape. Fittingly named the Horsehead Nebula, it is some 1,500 light-years distant, embedded in the vast Orion cloud complex. > read more

Kalidasa, "Look To This Day"

11/26/2014 00:08:19 AM

"Look To This Day""Look to this dayfor it is life,the very life of life.In its brief course lie allthe realities and truths of existence,the joy of growth ,the splendor of action,the glory of power.For yesterday is but a memory,And tomorrow is only a > read more

The Poet: Carl Sandburg, "What Shall He Tell That Son?"

11/26/2014 00:06:27 AM

"What Shall He Tell That Son?""A father sees a son nearing manhood.What shall he tell that son?'Life is hard; be steel; be a rock.'And this might stand him for the stormsand serve him for humdrum and monotonyand guide him amid sudden betrayalsand tig > read more

The Daily "Near You?"

11/26/2014 00:04:45 AM

Orlando, Florida, USA. Thanks for stopping by. > read more

Chet Raymo, “In The Sweet By And By”

11/26/2014 00:03:31 AM

“In The Sweet By And By”by Chet Raymo“In the Bahamas there's a saying: Everbody wanna go to hebben, but nobody wanna die. I suppose you could find the same expression anywhere in the world. It's one of those universal axioms, a cognitive disson > read more


11/26/2014 00:00:48 AM

"What is life? A madness. What is life? An illusion, a shadow, a story. > read more

Paulo Coelho, “The Black Man (A True Story)”

11/25/2014 23:58:27 PM

“The Black Man (A True Story)”by Paulo Coelho"We are at the restaurant of a German University. A red haired student, and undeniably German, takes her tray and sits down at her table. She then realizes she has forgotten her cutlery and gets up aga > read more

"The Majority Of Us..."

11/25/2014 19:30:45 PM

"The majority of us lead quiet, unheralded lives as we pass through this world. There will most likely be no ticker-tape parades for us, no monuments created in our honor. But that does not lessen our possible impact, for there are scores of people w > read more

"When We Don’t Take Action: The Effect of Not Doing"

11/25/2014 19:29:14 PM

"When We Don’t Take Action: The Effect of Not Doing"by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM"Our actions shape our lives, but what we don't take action on can be just as powerful. Life is sculpted on a moment-to-moment basis. Every one of the thoughts we thi > read more

"How It Really Is"

11/25/2014 19:21:43 PM

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Musical Interlude: Liquid Mind, “Velvet Morning” ("Void of the Stellar Winds")

11/24/2014 23:18:25 PM

Liquid Mind, “Velvet Morning” ("Void of the Stellar Winds")- > read more

"A Look to the Heavens"

11/24/2014 23:14:34 PM

“Near the center of this sharp cosmic portrait, at the heart of the Orion Nebula, are four hot, massive stars known as the Trapezium. Gathered within a region about 1.5 light-years in radius, they dominate the core of the dense Orion Nebula Star Cl > read more

The Poet: May Sarton, "Unison Benediction"

11/24/2014 23:12:19 PM

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"Give Me the Stars... Life Wants to Live!"

11/24/2014 23:09:14 PM

"Give Me the Stars... Life Wants to Live!"by Rick Tumlinson“I have been asked how I can so easily cross party lines during this election time, when it comes to supporting or chastising politicians based on their actions regarding the opening of spa > read more

Chet Raymo, “Cuddle And Cudgel”

11/24/2014 22:46:52 PM

“Cuddle And Cudgel” > read more

The Daily "Near You?"

11/24/2014 22:45:21 PM

Renton, Washington, USA. Thanks for stopping by. > read more

"The Mysterious Phenomenon of 'Shadow People'"

11/24/2014 22:42:39 PM

"The Mysterious Phenomenon of 'Shadow People'"by Bernard Powell"One of the most interesting and intriguing phenomena in the world of paranormal activity is that of the "Shadow People." Each and every week there seems to be more and more stories and r > read more

"Are You Feeling Stressed Out?"

11/24/2014 22:40:47 PM

"Are You Feeling Stressed Out?"by Jonathan"Have you got endless demands tugging at you from all directions? Does your life seem to be spinning out of control? It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and stressed out when you can’t ever seem to catch up. Do > read more

“Anxiety About Change: Anticipating the Good”

11/24/2014 22:38:04 PM

“Anxiety About Change: Anticipating the Good”by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM“Change will occur in almost every aspect of our lives, we can learn to embrace it while releasing the past with grace. When we find ourselves going through any kind of > read more

"How It Really Is"

11/24/2014 12:40:12 PM

"Politics is the best show in America. I love animals and I love politicians, and I like to watch both of 'em at play, either back home in their native state, or after they've been captured and sent to a zoo, or to Washington." > read more

Fukushima: "All You Really Don't Want To Know"

11/23/2014 19:10:20 PM

?“Fukushima Equals 6,000 Hiroshima Bombs Today, More Tomorrow;There is No Place On Earth to Escape the Rad” > read more

“The 13th Warrior: Prayers Before Final Battle”

11/23/2014 02:17:57 AM

“The 13th Warrior: Prayers Before Final Battle”Ahmed Ibn Fahdlan: “Merciful Father, I have squandered my days with plans of many things. This was not among them. But at this moment, I beg only to live the next few minutes well. For all we ought > read more

The Poet: David Whyte, “The Sea”

11/23/2014 02:10:40 AM

“The Sea”“The pull is so strong we will not believethe drawing tide is meant for us,I mean the gift, the sea,the place where all the rivers meet.Easy to forget,how the great receiving depthuntamed by what we needneeds only what will flow its wa > read more

Chet Raymo, “Doing Good”

11/23/2014 02:08:39 AM

“Doing Good”by Chet Raymo“The New York Sunday Times Magazine had an article about Professor Robert George of Princeton University, a Roman Catholic who has become a leading intellectual light of Catholic bishops and conservatives generally. Geo > read more

The Daily "Near You?"

11/23/2014 02:06:37 AM

Tangerang, Jawa Barat, Indonesia. Thanks for stopping by. > read more

"What You Have Not..."

11/22/2014 21:09:35 PM

“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; > read more

"A Long, Melancholy Roar"

11/22/2014 21:05:05 PM

"A Long, Melancholy Roar"by Olivia Judson"On a recent evening at twilight, I was sitting on the grass in Regent’s Park — one of London’s most manicured public spaces — when I heard the fierce, melancholy sound of a lion’s roar. I wasn’t d > read more

"Why We Need to Dream"

11/22/2014 20:54:24 PM

"Why We Need to Dream"By Jonah Lehrer"When I can’t sleep, I think about what I’m missing. I glance over at my wife and watch her eyelids flutter. I listen to the steady rhythm of her breath. I wonder if she’s dreaming and, if so, what story she > read more

"Time Passes..."

11/22/2014 20:43:04 PM

"Time passes in moments. Moments which, rushing past, define the path of a life, just as surely as they lead towards its end. How rarely do we stop to examine that path, to see the reasons why all things happen? To consider whether the path we take i > read more

"Recharging Your Batteries: Getting Run Down"

11/22/2014 20:26:48 PM

"Recharging Your Batteries: Getting Run Down"by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM"Getting worn out and run down robs you of receiving what you need from the universe. Our natural state of being is vibrant, happy to be alive. Yet, there can be times when we > read more

Musical Interlude: Kevin Kern, “Another Realm”

11/22/2014 00:52:58 AM

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"A Look to the Heavens"

11/22/2014 00:50:03 AM

“While hunting for comets in the skies above 18th century France, astronomer Charles Messier diligently kept a list of the things he encountered that were definitely not comets. This is number 27 on his now famous not-a-comet list. In fact, 21st ce > read more

"You Are Who You Are, Not What You Do: Becoming Your Wrong Decisions"

11/22/2014 00:49:11 AM

"You Are Who You Are, Not What You Do:Becoming Your Wrong Decisions"by The DailyOmWe are not our decisions and no decision is wrong because we made the choice with the information at hand. Our perception of the traits and characteristics that make us > read more

"On This Earth..."

11/22/2014 00:44:50 AM

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"The Happiest Man Alive..."

11/22/2014 00:41:32 AM

"I have no money, no resources, no hopes. > read more

The Daily "Near You?"

11/21/2014 23:55:21 PM

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Chet Raymo, “Finding It Where You Are”; Mary Oliver, “Going To Walden”

11/21/2014 22:46:39 PM

“Finding It Where You Are”by Chet Raymo“Yes, I've been to Walden. Been there several times, in fact. With students. We sat on the earth at the site of the cabin and read from the book. And the wind stirred the pines, and the hickories, and the > read more

"To Survive You Must..."

11/21/2014 22:31:09 PM

“To survive you must surrender without giving in, that is to say, fully accept the reality in all its horror and never give up the will to survive. That allows you to quickly adapt to the situation and dedicate yourself to the present moment rather > read more

ObamaCare: “I’ve Been Stupid, but Not THAT Stupid!”

11/21/2014 19:53:34 PM

“I’ve Been Stupid, but Not THAT Stupid!”by Tom Purcell“I’ve done my fair share of stupid things over my life. When I was 5, my father told me to stop jumping around the bathtub, but I ignored him. I slipped and hit my head on a ceramic soap > read more

"How It Really Is"

11/21/2014 19:52:27 PM

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Musical Interlude: The Moody Blues, “Your Wildest Dreams”

11/20/2014 22:33:45 PM

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"A Look to the Heavens"

11/20/2014 22:25:47 PM

“Big, beautiful, barred spiral galaxy NGC 1300 lies some 70 million light-years away on the banks of the constellation Eridanus. This Hubble Space Telescope composite view of the gorgeous island universe is one of the largest Hubble images ever mad > read more

The Poet: Mary Oliver, "What Is There Beyond Knowing?"

11/20/2014 22:13:23 PM

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"The Bank Of Time"

11/20/2014 21:55:15 PM

"Imagine there is a bank account that credits your account each morning with $86,400. It carries over no balance from day to day. Every evening the bank deletes whatever part of the balance you failed to use during the day. What would you do? Draw ou > read more

"Zen & the Science of Time Travel"

11/20/2014 21:49:54 PM

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The Daily "Near You?"

11/20/2014 21:33:44 PM

Twin Lakes, Wisconsin, USA. Thanks for stopping by. > read more

"The Problem..."

11/20/2014 21:30:58 PM

"The problem is not that there are problems. The problem is expecting > read more

Health: “Powerful and Simple Tips to Help Lower Your EMF Risks”

11/20/2014 21:27:45 PM

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"A Desperate Grasp..."

11/20/2014 21:21:31 PM

“If thinking is existing, then knowing is creating, and creativity is a desperategrasp at something far beyond the confines of our simplistic reality.”- Zeb Reynolds > read more

Psychology: "Do Opposites Really Attract?"

11/20/2014 21:19:13 PM

"Do Opposites Really Attract?" > read more

"The Question of Worthiness: Shifting into Gratitude"

11/19/2014 23:34:34 PM

"The Question of Worthiness: Shifting into Gratitude"by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM"When we question whether or not we are worthy of something it is important at that time to shift into gratitude. We all know what it’s like to finally get something > read more

Musical Interlude: Vangelis, “Ask The Mountains”

11/19/2014 23:33:15 PM

Vangelis, “Ask The Mountains”- > read more

"A Look to the Heavens"

11/19/2014 23:30:55 PM

“To see a vista like this takes patience, hiking, and a camera. Patience was needed in searching out just the right place and waiting for just the right time. A short hike was needed to reach this rugged perch above a secluded cove in Julia Pfeiffe > read more

"The Paradox of Our Time"

11/19/2014 23:28:05 PM

Dr. Bob Moorehead, "The Paradox of Our Time"- > read more

Chet Raymo, “Then To The Elements Be Free”

11/19/2014 23:20:22 PM

“Then To The Elements Be Free”by Chet Raymo“Be cheerful, Sir.Our revels are now ended. These our actors,As I foretold you, were all spirits andAre melted into air, into thin air;And, like the baseless fabric of this vision,The cloud-capp'd towe > read more

Fukushima: “Everything’s dying… Dead, dead, dead, and dead.”

11/19/2014 22:18:44 PM

"West Coast Scientists: Many Animals On Sea Floor Looking Sick Or Dead- > read more

The Daily "Near You?"

11/19/2014 21:30:35 PM

Zagreb, Grad Zagreb, Croatia. Thanks for stopping by. > read more


11/19/2014 21:29:44 PM

“Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you > read more

"The Meaning..."

11/19/2014 21:28:12 PM

"Life is without meaning.You bring the meaning to it.The meaning of life is whatever you ascribe it to be.Being alive is the meaning."- Joseph Campbell > read more

Psychology: "We Remember What Is Meaningful To Us"

11/19/2014 21:23:01 PM

"We Remember What Is Meaningful To Us"by the Association for Psychological Science"We hold many beliefs about memory - for instance, if you study more, you learn more. We are also constantly making judgments about particular instances of learning and > read more

Musical Interlude: 2002, "Free To Fly"

11/18/2014 21:44:46 PM

2002, "Free To Fly"- > read more

"Our True Friends..."

11/18/2014 21:30:35 PM

"Our true friends are those who are with us when the good things happen. > read more

"The Nature of Courage"

11/18/2014 21:24:21 PM

"The Nature of Courage"by ClassicLit"Tolkien had experienced war and violence first hand in World War I. Like many of the writers from his era, his world could never be the same, after seeing his best friends die, and his land in ruin. Shippey writes > read more

Free Downloads: Orison Swett Marden, “The Joys of Living”

11/18/2014 21:15:25 PM

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Omar Khayyam, "The Rubaiyat"

11/18/2014 21:12:43 PM

"We are no other than a moving rowOf Magic Shadow-shapes that come and goRound with the Sun-illumin'd Lanternheld > read more

"A Look to the Heavens"

11/18/2014 21:02:39 PM

“The Rosette Nebula is not the only cosmic cloud of gas and dust to evoke the imagery of flowers - but it is the most famous. At the edge of a large molecular cloud in Monoceros, some 5,000 light years away, the petals of this rose are actually a s > read more

Derrick Jensen, “A New Declaration”

11/18/2014 21:00:29 PM

“A New Declaration”By Derrick Jensen"We hold these truths to be self-evident:That the real, physical world is the source of our own lives, and the lives of others. A weakened planet is less capable of supporting life, human or otherwise. Thus the > read more

“95 Questions to Help You Find Meaning and Happiness”

11/18/2014 20:59:04 PM

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“The Greatest Source of Humility”

11/18/2014 20:52:37 PM

“The Greatest Source of Humility”by Guy McPherson“Perhaps the greatest source of humility surrounds us every day. When I was a child of about ten years, I used to lie on the backyard lawn nearly every summer night, staring at the haunting myste > read more

Chet Raymo, “Very, Very, Very, Very, Very...”

11/18/2014 20:51:21 PM

“Very, Very, Very, Very, Very...”by Chet Raymo"In a short story that was published posthumously in the New Yorker earlier this year, the inestimable Primo Levi meditated on the limits of language. The story was called “The Tranquil Star.” He > read more

"A Look to the Heavens"

11/17/2014 21:43:44 PM

“The dark Horsehead Nebula and the glowing Orion Nebula are contrasting cosmic vistas. Adrift 1,500 light-years away in one of the night sky's most recognizable constellations, they appear in opposite corners of the above stunning mosaic. > read more

"The Sharp Tang And Savor Of Existence"

11/17/2014 21:42:00 PM

"The thought of the disaster which almost certainly lay in wait for the Other Men threw me into a horror of doubt about the universe in which such a thing could happen. That a whole world of intelligent beings could be destroyed was not an unfamiliar > read more

Chet Raymo, "Life"

11/17/2014 21:16:40 PM

"Life"by Chet Raymo"ACCTCCTCTAATGTCAACCTCCCCTAATGTCAThe first string of letters above represents an actual sequence of amino acids on human chromosome 10. The second string is the corresponding sequence for an elephant. I copy the strings from a New > read more

"30 Lessons A Wise Man Once Shared"

11/17/2014 21:10:34 PM

"30 Lessons A Wise Man Once Shared"by Marc"My father is one of the wisest men I know. > read more

The Daily "Near You?"

11/17/2014 21:09:10 PM

Bozeman, Montana, USA. Thanks for stopping by. > read more

The Poet: Anne Sexton, "Courage"

11/17/2014 21:07:08 PM

"Courage""It is in the small things we see it.The child's first step,as awesome as an earthquake.The first time you rode a bike,wallowing up the sidewalk.The first spanking when your heartwent on a journey all alone.When they called you crybabyor poo > read more

"A Good Fight..."

11/17/2014 21:03:42 PM

"If fate means you to lose, give him a good fight anyhow." > read more

"Clinging To The Core When Our World Falls Apart"

11/17/2014 21:02:09 PM

"Clinging To The Core When Our World Falls Apart"by The DailyOm"When external factors shift we have an opportunity to rediscover our core which is the only truly safe place to call home. There are times when our whole world seems to be falling apart > read more


11/17/2014 18:08:06 PM

“Zachary”by Tim Knight“A handwritten letter arrived in my mailbox last week from a reader. In it was a note from whom I would guess is an elderly gentleman, thanking me for my work both on Slope and on Tastytrade, but politely asking me to use > read more

"How It Really Is"

11/17/2014 18:02:16 PM

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"A Look to the Heavens"

11/16/2014 19:36:53 PM

"Stunning emission nebula IC 1396 mixes glowing cosmic gas and dark dust clouds in the high and far off constellation of Cepheus. Energized by the bright, bluish central star seen here, this star forming region sprawls across hundreds of light-years > read more

The Poet: Mary Oliver, "There Is Time Left"

11/16/2014 19:35:45 PM

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"Against All Odds..."

11/16/2014 19:33:55 PM

“You know how when you were a little kid and you believed in fairy tales, that fantasy of what your life would be, white dress, prince charming who would carry you away to a castle on a hill. You would lie in bed at night and close your eyes and yo > read more

"The Secret Of Surrender: Seeing The Illusion"

11/16/2014 19:32:32 PM

"The Secret Of Surrender: Seeing The Illusion"by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM"Surrender should be seen as a great strength and comes when we let go of trying to attain the impossible. Most of us were raised and live in a culture that emphasizes the id > read more

The Daily "Near You?"

11/16/2014 19:30:23 PM

Castlegar, British Columbia, Canada. Thanks for Stopping by. > read more

Viktor Frankl, "Man's Search For Meaning", Excerpt

11/16/2014 19:29:09 PM

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"Those Who Danced..."

11/16/2014 19:27:23 PM

"Those who danced were thought to be quite insane > read more

Musical Interlude: Ocean Voyager, “Titanic Expedition”

11/16/2014 19:25:07 PM

Ocean Voyager, “Titanic Expedition”- > read more

Chet Raymo, “Hearing The Galaxies”

11/16/2014 19:17:07 PM

“Hearing The Galaxies”by Chet Raymo“In her wonderful autobiography, the beloved Mississippi writer Eudora Welty tells of her time at the Mississippi State College for Women. The first book she bought for her bookshelf was In April Once, by the > read more

Paulo Coelho, “Dreams: The 12 Steps”

11/16/2014 19:14:30 PM

“Dreams: The 12 Steps”by Paulo Coelho"When Joseph Campbell created the expression “follow your blessing,” he was reflecting an idea that seems to be very appropriate right now. In “The Alchemist,” this same idea is called “Personal Lege > read more

"A Look to the Heavens"

11/15/2014 22:12:08 PM

“Point your telescope toward the high flying constellation Pegasus and you can find this expanse of Milky Way stars and distant galaxies. Centered on NGC 7814, the pretty field of view would almost be covered by a full moon. NGC 7814 is sometimes c > read more

Chet Raymo, “The Maintenance of Self”

11/15/2014 22:04:47 PM

“The Maintenance of Self”by Chet Raymo"Ah, yes, the pitcher plant. Those devouring goblets. Those caldrons of digestive juices. And now naturalists have found the biggest one yet, as big as a chalice, on a mountaintop in the Philippines, its punc > read more

"Be A Succesful Dreamer!"

11/15/2014 21:51:24 PM

"Be A Succesful Dreamer!"by Buddhaofhollywood"It seems to me that the world is getting increasingly biased, split, separated in two: On one side there are the “practical” people that believe dreaming is a foolish waste of time. (Watch out they ar > read more

"A Dreamer..."

11/15/2014 21:45:38 PM

"Yes, I am a dreamer. > read more

The Daily "Near You?"

11/15/2014 21:40:47 PM

Knoxville, Tennessee, USA. Thanks for stopping by. > read more

"JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters.""

11/15/2014 21:36:17 PM

"JFK and the Unspeakable: > read more

"A Good Haven..."

11/15/2014 21:09:35 PM

“To desire and strive to be of some service to the world,to aim at doing something which shall really increase thehappiness and welfare and virtue of mankind -this is a choice which is possible for all of us; and surely it is a good haven to sail f > read more

Mark Twain, "Slavery"

11/15/2014 20:50:07 PM

"Slavery"by Mark Twain (attributed)"Suppose I am the owner of an estate and 100 slaves, all the land about being held in the same way by people of the same class as myself. It is a profitable business, but there are many expenses and annoyances attac > read more

"How It Really Is"

11/15/2014 20:41:59 PM

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11/15/2014 20:31:22 PM

"Conversations are efforts toward good relations. They are an elementary form of reciprocity. They are the exercise of our love for each other. They are the enemies of our loneliness, our doubt, our anxiety, our tendencies to abdicate. To continue to > read more

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