Beloved night and calm of a tree

“Night, the beloved. Night, when words fade and things come alive. When the destructive analysis of day is done, and all that is truly important becomes whole and sound again. When man reassembles his fragmentary self and grows with the calm of a tree.”

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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11 Ideas For 2011

“Some stories are true that never happened.”
Elie Wiesel

“It is the enemy who can truly teach us to practice the virtues of compassion and tolerance.”
Dalai Lama . . . → Read More: 11 Ideas For 2011

You Can Feel It

“Trials never end, of course. Unhappiness and misfortune are bound to occur as long as people live, but there is a feeling now, that was not there before, and is not just on the surface of things, but penetrates all the way through: We’ve won it. It’s going to get better now. You can sort of . . . → Read More: You Can Feel It

A Secret for Parents: Keep Looking Up

Infants need to cry to tell their parents they need food or cleaning before they can talk and also to exercise their lungs a little. But sometimes they cry out of confusion or for no good reason at all. It’s just the way of all babies and should should be greeted with . . . → Read More: A Secret for Parents: Keep Looking Up

Get Rid of Yourself Just Once

“If you could get rid of yourself just once, the secret of secrets would open to you. The face of the unknown, hidden beyond the universe would appear on the mirror of your . . . → Read More: Get Rid of Yourself Just Once

Not With a Calm Brow

“There are so many hammocks to catch you if you fall, so many laws to keep you from experience. All these cities I have been in the last few weeks make me fully understand the cozy, stifling state in which most people pass through life. I don’t want to pass through life . . . → Read More: Not With a Calm Brow

Let The World Break You And Then Be Strong At The Broken Places.

Ernest Hemingway wrote that “If people bring so much courage to this world the world has to kill them to break them, so of course it kills them. The world breaks every one and afterward many are strong at the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills . . . → Read More: Let The World Break You And Then Be Strong At The Broken Places.

Feeling Fractal

Wiki says “A fractal is generally “a rough or fragmented geometric shape that can be split into parts, each of which is (at least approximately) a reduced-size copy of the whole,”[1] a property called self-similarity.” Pictured above is the famous image of a Mandelbrot set fractal image. Read more at . . . → Read More: Feeling Fractal

Calming Art By Laura Freedman

Almost 20,000 people have downloaded art by my sister Laura Freedman for use as cell phone backgrounds, but recently a small but growing group of calmunist art collectors are buying prints and all manner of items illustrated with her work. The work pictured above is called “Celebrate Today”.

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The Roots of Happiness

Harvard Psychologist Dan Gilbert, author of Stumbling on Happiness, challenges the idea that we’ll be miserable if we don’t get what we want. He suggest that we not believe our own publicity and realize we are better than our worst failures and not quite as good as our proudest achievements.

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