The Attitude of Gratitude

Wise is the person who cultivates an abiding sense of gratitude for that which coheres with truth. This habit is best formed by giving specific and regular thanks for those things in thought, word, and deed. Such a person sees what is wrong with the world, but does not dwell upon its shortcomings and sees …

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The Preservation of Liberty

"Educate and inform the whole mass of the people. They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty." - Thomas Jefferson The ancient Roman system of education called liberalia studia or "liberal studies" has been immensely influential on the modern world. In a nutshell, liberal studies are those which give a man …

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The Elephant in the Living Room

I saw a fascinating documentary last evening called "The Elephant in the Living Room." The film takes its viewers deep into the American subculture of raising some of the world's most dangerous animals as household pets, focusing in particular on Terry Brumfield, a kindhearted man who is struggling to raise two African lions he bought …

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A Greater Person

"When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds. Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive and you discover yourself to be a greater person by …

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Truth and Goodness

"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." ~ Albert Einstein I've often marveled at the ingenuity of those standouts in history who dedicated their lives to the restoration of goodness and truth to their rightful place at the apex human understanding and function. It hasn't been easy. Human beings …

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Nobility without Pride

Where in this wide world can man find nobility without pride, Friendship without envy, Or beauty without vanity? Here, where grace is served with muscle And strength by gentleness confined He serves without servility; he has fought without enmity. There is nothing so powerful, nothing less violent. There is nothing so quick, nothing more patient. …

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Shibumi: Subtle Beauty

Shibumi is a Japanese word that refers to a particular aesthetic of simple, subtle and unobtrusive beauty. It can be used to describe a person, place or thing, naturally occurring or man-made. I love to observe and photograph shibumi and below you will find a few of the more spectacular manifestations I have been privileged to witness. …

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My friend, an email and the bee.

An email arrived in my inbox as I was watching bees pollinate a blueberry tree yesterday afternoon. It was a link to a video clip of a bee taking off in ultra-slow motion, taken from just inches away. A truly amazing sight! Take a look: I've often reflected on the idea of the well-worn phrase …

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