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   Originally published 4-26-10
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Lao Tzu, Tzvi Freeman, June Masters Bacher


Dear Readers,

The Bible says that God's ways are not our ways. But often we try
to understand Him using our limited ways of thinking. We are the
wren trying to fathom the depths of the ocean by building a nest on
the shore. From our viewpoint, Universal Truth looks paradoxical,
often even contradictory, mysterious. It's not, of course, except to
we who are caught up in the mortal world's web. Inspired writers
can delineate the beauty of the spiritual paradox. They paint word
pictures of the One who "Is" when we are "not": the One who
is simultaneously Emptiness and Fullness of Wisdom.

- Lisa

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painting by Nan Rae
"Longing" by Nan Rae     All rights reserved


We know beauty because there is ugly.
We know good because there is evil.
Being and not being,
having and not having,
create each other.

Difficult and easy,
long and short,
high and low,
define each other,
just as before and after follow each other.

The dialectic of sound gives voice to music,
always transforming "is" from "was"
as the ancestors of "to be."

The wise
teach without telling,
allow without commanding,
have without possessing,
care without claiming.

In this way we harvest eternal importance
because we never announce it.

Lao Tzu (6th century BC)
From the Tao Te Ching

"Cherry Moon Blossoms" by Nan Rae
"Cherry Moon Blossoms" by Nan Rae       All rights reserved

To fill yourself with wisdom,
you must be full of wisdom.

To fill yourself with wisdom,
you must empty yourself of all your wise thoughts.

To receive the Infinite Light,
you must be armed with all the tools that draw light.

To receive the Infinite Light,
you must be still and empty.

Tzvi Freeman
From the wisdom of the Lubavitcher Rebbe Schneerson
Courtesy of

The Last Word:

God is so big
He can cover the whole world with his Love
and so small
He can curl up inside your heart.

June Masters Bacher
Inspirational fiction author

































































Utterly Random Bonus Quote:

Be happy. It's one way of being wise.

 Sidonie Gabrielle-Colette (1873-1954)
French author, best-known for "Gigi"


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