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This is beautiful

Photo by Mark Nenadov (Mourning Cloak butterfly) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons We had a warm spell last week, and I (of course) went for a run. I ran on a trail in the woods, and when I saw something fluttering past my eye, I did a double take. I thought it […] via Compassion and Faith; the Moth in the Flame — Meditations in Motion

Love in one word

With Valentine’s Day drawing near, The Little Mermaid is organising a very entertaining game for all of you! Yeah! It is open for all of you, including those barely in love, those moderately in love and those deeply in love. And because I am unambigously against any sort of favouritism, even the ‘love sucks’, ‘single […] via Define Love In One Word — The Little Mermaid

The Resurgence of the Real

Originally posted on M.C. Tuggle, Writer:
There’s no doubt in my mind that the modern world is an ill-fitting cage for its human captives. Basic needs for social interaction, exercise, and a sense of connection to the wider universe are left behind in a mad rush for consumption, mindless pleasure, and false security. Our lemming-like pursuit of immediate gratification and “convenience” has cut us off from the most basic of human needs. Philosopher and author Romano Guardini traced this self-made disconnect with the gnawing fears and doubts that plague…

On Friendship

Originally posted on Human Pages:
I’ve been trying for ages to write about a friend from many years and cities and jobs ago, and the questions that have always trailed out from his story are, What do we owe our friends and family? What do we owe to the people we love? What kind of difference can we make in their lives? This friend had a troubled upbringing that included time in jail, but when I met him he was in his late forties already, and we both worked in…

How being pessimistic about writing can make you a better writer

Originally posted on Yet Another Crime Book Blog:
Positive thinking is all over the place and for one good reason – it sells. Telling someone that they can control their own good fortune by simply deciding to think positively is a beautiful idea. And you know what? You think positive – you feel positive. It works, we’ve all experienced it, but isn’t that a little like saying, if you imagine the colour blue you will see the colour blue? More and more, the evidence is stacking up. Positive thinking can…