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Dear Reader,

View this page as a place where you and I can have a conversation on subjects that are meaningful to both of us. On a regular basis I plan to post a topic or question on my mind which I encourage you to respond to (see below).

On this same page you will also find some of the responses that have been sent in by those who have viewed this web site. Please feel free to submit your own questions and thoughts which I might comment on and share with other viewers. I truly look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Archive for August, 2006

Do you have beautiful daydreams, too?

Monday, August 21st, 2006

Yesterday’s (August 20, 2006) Doonesbury comic was one of the most beautiful comics I’ve seen in a long time, even though all the panels were about war-torn regions. One panel showed a scene in Kabul where people were riding on a mule-pulled cart with a boy riding alongside on his bike; a scene in Gaza where people were shopping in the markets; one in southern Lebanon where boys were playing soccer; one in Musul where soldiers were enjoying R&R around a swimming pool, and a scene in Baghdad of mosques and birds chirping. Then comes the clincher — the character Mike is just having a summer daydream about a world coming to peace once more and he is roused from his dream when his wife comes to him and says, ”Beirut just fell.” The daydream is over, reality returns. And the overwhelming feeling of despair about the state of the world sets in again to the reader of this comic.
We are forced to ask ourselves when, if ever, will peace return to the world? When, if ever, will human beings fully realize their potential to make the world a wonderful place and overcome their propensity to wage war and havoc? Why can’t we just live together?
Do you have daydreams like Mike? What are you feeling these days? Share with us.

What is implanted in each of us?

Wednesday, August 9th, 2006

Someone once said about a person who, at a time of drunkenness, spoke hurtful, hateful words that ‘’In all of us there are seeds that have been implanted by others.’’ He was saying, in effect, that the people we grow up to become are shaped, in large part, by others who raised us or influenced us when we were young. Such ‘’implanted’’ seeds can be for our good or bad.
Think for a moment.
What seeds were planted in you when you were young, and what eventually grew? What didn’t take root?
And what seeds are you planting in others for their future? What do you hope you will bring forth from your sowing?
Please share your thoughts with us.

A Letter For My Child

Wednesday, August 9th, 2006

Here follow some words which I address
to a child in my life. Perhaps they will be
helpful in giving you ideas to compose your
own letters to a child you hold dearly. Perhaps
that child is the one within you:
For My Child
If I could I would never allow pain to
enter your life
If I could I would keep you in my pocket
to make you feel safe
If I could I would plant seeds of joy
in your soul
If I could I would make you believe
that no hope is impossible to attain
If I could I would catch your sweet
dreams and save them for you
If I could I would grow beautiful
colored flowers that blossom for you
in the snow
If I could I would borrow the songs
of birds to give to you when you feel sad
If I could I would jump through hoops
of fire to free you from dragons
If I could I would steal away all your
doubts to bring a smile to your face.
With all my love,
Dad
SHARE WITH US. What letter do you wish you had received as a child that would have made a difference in your life?