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Relax (by Ellen Bass) Bad things are going to happen Your tomatoes will grow a fungus and your cat will get run over. Someone will leave the bag with the ice cream melting in the car and throw your blue… Continue Reading →

The Black Dot

The Black Dot One day a professor entered the classroom and asked his students to prepare for a surprise test. They waited anxiously at their desks for the test to begin. The professor handed out the question paper, with the… Continue Reading →

A Poem in a Bar – My Worst Day Ever?

A Poem in a Bar – My Worst Day Ever? Today was the absolute worst day ever And don’t try to convince me that There’s something good in every day Because, when you take a closer look, This world is… Continue Reading →

What Are You Looking For?

“You find what you look for.” – TONI POWELL

The Only Prayer to Pray

“If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.” – MEISTER ECKHART

A “Good Day” with Brother David Steindl-Rast

A Good Day - with Brother David Steindl-Rast Isn't one of the secrets of life - to be grateful? So simple and yet so powerful. A Harvard psychologist conducted studies that demonstrated being ...

Right Thinking

“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you are right.” – HENRY FORD

A Brief for the Defense

A Brief for the Defense (by Jack Gilbert) Sorrow everywhere. Slaughter everywhere. If babies are not starving someplace, they are starving somewhere else. With flies in their nostrils. But we enjoy our lives because that’s what God wants. Otherwise the… Continue Reading →


Despair (by Billy Collins) So much gloom and doubt in our poetry – flowers wilting on the table, the self regarding itself in a watery mirror. Dead leaves cover the ground, the wind moans in the chimney, and the tendrils… Continue Reading →

The Hospital Window

Two men, both seriously ill, occupied the same hospital room.  One man was allowed to sit up in his bed for an hour each afternoon to receive his daily medical treatment.  His bed was next to the room’s only window…. Continue Reading →

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