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"Let us settle ourselves, and work and wedge our feet downward through the mud and slush of opinion, and prejudice, and tradition, and delusion, and appearance ... through Church and State, through poetry and philosophy and religion, till we come to a hard bottom and rocks in place, which we can call reality ... and then begin, having a point d'appui, below freshet and frost and fire, a place where you might found a wall or a state, or set a lamp-post safely ... that future ages might know how deep a freshet of shams and appearances had gathered from time to time."

Henry David Thoreau, Walden
Spring Cleaning
Spring Cleaning
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Spring Cleaning

May 16, 2015 by

I feel like a lot of the things that I think about over and over again are like junk in an attic. They accumulate over the years, and I take them out to look at them every once in a while for sentimental reasons. But it’s junk. I don’t need it anymore, it’s not helping me, it’s an empty and unproductive pastime. It distracts...

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Words to Live By
Words to Live By
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Words to Live By

Oct 3, 2014 by

An old teacher gave me this, at first I thought it was corny, but the longer I live the more brilliant I realize it is. I’ve added a few of my own in over time. Never entertain any negative thoughts, even past negative thoughts. Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the prize. Defeat is a state of...

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Peach Berry Green Smoothie
Peach Berry Green Smoothie
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Peach Berry Green Smoothie

Sep 26, 2014 by

This is my favorite green smoothie recipe, I think you could let anyone try this and they would like it, even if you surprised them by letting them know about a third of it was spinach afterwards. Ingredients: 1.5 – 2 cups spinach .5-1 cup Snapple Peach Tea 3 Berry Mix Frozen from Costco (Blueberries, Marionberry, Raspberries) or make your own mix with other frozen berries 1 Banana – it helps...

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C.S. Lewis – The Value of Old Books
C.S. Lewis – The Value of Old Books
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Every age has its own outlook. It is specially good at seeing certain truths and specially liable to make certain mistakes. We all, therefore, need the books that will correct the characteristic mistakes of our own period. And that means the old books. All contemporary writers share to some extent the contemporary outlook—even those, like myself, who seem most opposed to it. … To...

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Imagination Run Amok
Imagination Run Amok
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Imagination Run Amok

Sep 19, 2014 by

While I was walking tonight I realized that a lot of the time I am caught up in a “reality” that is figment of my imagination. I would bet that all of us are. I often imagine that people are much more hostile than they really are. I’ve seen and read of people doing so many bad things to each other, that now I...

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