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C. Jennings Penders

C. Jennings Penders has been writing since he was in grammar school. Playing around with five hand written novels in the early 1980s, he always carried a pen and notebook wherever he traveled.

Joining his first writing group in 1989, he began seeing his short stories appear in the small press SF/F magazines in the early 1990s. In 2010 he stopped writing fiction and started a spiritual blog called Wisdom and Life.

Fiction called again in 2016-2017 and he he started writing about Block Island, one of his favorite places. Arrivals and Departures is the culmination of his Block Island fiction. A sequel completed in January 2022 is scheduled to be published in October 2023. C. Jennings is currently working on his fifth book. This one is set in the neighborhood he grew up in.

Fiction is Now My Main Squeeze

Last month on July 29, I wrote Fiction is My Mistress.  I have now decided that for the time being, until my new project is complete, I have to put CJPPhotoNews and Wisdom and Life into hibernation.  Up until last November, I didn’t think I […]

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Snippets From Random Acts

This column contains Amazon Affiliate Links!   As with last week’s column, Fiction is my Mistress, I’m again sharing snippets from short stories I’ve written in the past and am continuing to write as you read today’s column.   This week I’m sharing […]

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Fiction Is My Mistress

I’m still writing my Block Island stories and I’ll share some fragments from the new story I’m working on at the moment. Image from: Pixabay From Arrivals and Departures: In no particular order, here are four fragments  1.     Sean strolled away then.  […]

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Back To Fiction

Last November at my Book Launch, someone in the audience asked if I would ever return to writing fiction  At the time of the event and for years before I’d given up on fiction. I spent my writing time devoted to my […]

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Stop Looking

This column contains Amazon Affiliate Links!   Are you single?  Do you want to find a long term relationship?  I have one piece of advice: Stop looking!    Image from: Pixabay What?  You may be asking.  How will I find anyone if […]

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A Look Back

Nine years ago, I started writing Wisdom and Life.  So hard to believe it’s been nine years since this blog has existed.   Image from: Pexels.com Thought it would be fun to read my initial post from May 30, 2010: Starting another […]

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Memorial Day 2019

A repeat performance! As today is Memorial Day my usual column will be postponed.  Memorial Day should be a day of remembrance.  When you see someone in the US Military this week, make sure you thank them for their service.   Image from: […]

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The Color Blue

As I started to get ready for work one day in February, I grabbed a sweater.  I then started going through all the sweaters I own and realized how much I am drawn to the color blue.  Over three quarters of the […]

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Easter Monday

As is always the case, when my blog falls on a holiday, I interrupt my regularly scheduled routine and write about that specific holiday.  Since yesterday was Easter Sunday and by some semblance, today is Easter Monday it is time again to […]

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Go To Your Room?

The last couple of months I’ve written about my NDE  as a theme.  That was planned.  This month, an unplanned theme evolved: Introversion/INFP.  As of this writing, there are three columns in this theme.   Enjoy: Telling an introvert child to go to […]

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Publication Dreams

Being creative, being a writer is who I’ve always been.  As long as I COULD write, I’ve been writing. Novels, novellas, short stories.  I have a plethora of them, In the early to mid 1990s I began to see some success, having […]

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Even When I’m Alone

Even when I’m alone I have real good company — dreams and imaginations and pretendings. I like to be alone now and then, just to think over things and taste them.   IM Montgomery Anne’s House of Dreams   Writers, musicians and […]

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Columbus Day?

As always, since Wisdom and Life falls on a Monday where there is a day of remembrance, today is day to recall the accomplishments and foils of Christopher Columbus.  In the past several years, his achievements have been overshadowed by many of […]

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I’m Back

After my two month hiatus, I’m back.  These occasional breaks I take help me recalibrate. I come back reinvigorated to continue writing Wisdom and Life.   Having one weekly column to be responsible for, for the bulk of the summer months is […]

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Why Do You Write?

Uh oh! Another column about writing?  Well it is part of who I am. Of all the questions I get the one that most fascinates me is: Why do you write?   Image from: Pixabay   That was an easier question to […]

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Independence Day 2018

I know it really isn’t Independence Day today. But then if you follow John Adams and his thought process: See below. Maybe it is   Seeing as we are into the Independence Day week, and even though Monday is not the 4th, […]

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Walking And Writing

Several writers I know are walkers.   They walk to break writer’s block. They walk to create inspiration Walking Image from: Pixabay Writing Image from: Pixabay There is a host of data to suggest that walking helps writers break through any creative […]

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Blue Light and Sleep

Wisdom and Life typically discusses Spirituality and Law of Attraction.  It’s not the only topic I discuss.  There are a whole plethora of categories at Wisdom and Life.  If you’re interested in other subjects, simply scroll down a bit and look through […]

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Memorial Day

As today is Memorial Day my usual column will be postponed.  Memorial Day should be a day of remembrance.  When you see someone in the US Military this week, make sure you thank them for their service.   Image from: CJP Photos   […]

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Nine Years and Counting

Another column on writing from Wisdom and Life.  Today, as we are in the month of May I realize Wisdom and Life will turn nine years old.  When I began, I published five days a week. As I look back, I’m pleasantly […]

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Silence is Golden

Because I’m on the introvert scale, I’d rather stay quiet than speak about inane topics.  The most uncomfortable tactics one can make to an introvert is: Ask Why are you so quiet? Draw an introvert into an unwanted conversation. Influence them to […]

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A Writer Writes

Sort of a follow up to last week’s Creativity and Coping as today I discuss writing and how much it means to me.  Writing and creativity has helped me become the person I am today.   Anyone who knows me understands how […]

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Creativity and Coping

I need creativity in my life to help me cope with life’s challenges.   Christopher Jennings Penders   Said by myself about a month ago to a frequent library patron.  I’ve always felt my creative output has helped me deal with emotional […]

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Reveling in Solitude

Alone vs Loneliness. Being an introvert has its positives and many people see those positives as negatives. –Some see introverts as rude, because they don’t do small talk. –Some see the tendency of the introvert’s need for alone time as out of […]

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I Read a Book One Day

I read a book one day and my whole life changed. Light The Dark: Writers on Creativity, Inspiration, and the Artistic Process           When someone asks me what I do, the first response is photographer. It should be […]

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My Three Words

A few weeks ago in January at Shoreline Unitarian Universalist Society, I participated in the service. The members of the congregation join in on services on occasion. The subject of the service was for those who participated to choose three words that […]

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God’s Co-Workers

Last Column this year. Wisdom and Life is taking its annual Holiday Hiatus.   See you at the end of January.   Although a created being tends to the divine likeness in many ways, this one whereby it seeks the divine likeness […]

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Asking for Help

I’ve been without my car for a week now. It’s in hospital being repaired. Thankfully I live within walking distance of just about anywhere downtown.  Sometimes I need to go beyond downtown.  Take Friday for example: I wound up having to see […]

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Back From A Hiatus

In August, I made the decision to take a little break from both of my blogs during the middle of September.  I’ve been writing my blogs for over seven years, first every day when I started then I slowly decreased the frequency […]

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End of Summer/Labor Day

Time slips by too quickly, We are already at the unofficial end of summer. I say this every year, that spring and summer seem to go too quickly. The biggest reason this distresses me has more to do with the fact that […]

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Rob Bell

I discovered Rob Bell several years ago through reading his book: Love Wins.   This book spoke volumes to me as it clearly identified the challenges I’ve experienced with organized religion.  Bell ruffled many feathers in the religious field with his thoughts. […]

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Jonathan Carroll

I’ve been writing reviews a bit more recently at Wisdom and Life.  I do my best however to ensure those reviews are compatible with Wisdom and Life’s guidelines.  Today, I’m featuring my favorite author: Jonathan Carroll.  Hiis themes touch on many of […]

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Independence Day

Seeing as we are into the Independence Day week, and even though Monday is not the 4th, I’ve decided not to post a regular column today.  Did you know we MAY be celebrating on the wrong day?: July 2nd is the real […]

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Taking Care of Yourself

Wisdom and Life discusses the spiritual aspect of your life.  As with all things, there are other points to consider when taking care of yourself.  There are the physical things you can do to maintain your health: Yoga Meditation   Exercise Massages […]

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Happy Seventh!

Wisdom and Life is turning seven years old this month.  I realized this last night as I drifted off to sleep.  On May 30 this blog will officially be seven.  This first column to appear was: Welcome to Wisdom and Life.   […]

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Leo and Forgiveness

I talked with a friend of mine a couple of weeks ago about forgiveness.  Don’t recall how we started the topic.  However we are both Leos.             Leo from: Pixabay Forgiveness from: Pixabay   And I mentioned […]

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Thaddeus Squirrel

My friend and blogger, Tom Rapsas, whom I first met on Google+ has written a wonderful spiritual guide for those of us who still don’t know what path they should choose. [easyazon_link identifier=”1539804739″ locale=”US” tag=”80010c-20″]Thaddeus Squirrel[/easyazon_link] is the PERFECT book to give to […]

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Centering Prayer

For the past 6 months, every Wednesday night at The Mercy Center in Madison, Connecticut, I’ve been attending a meditation circle, a cenetring prayer group.     As is always the case the first time I do anything there is always a […]

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A Work In Progress

What are your resolutions for the new year? Image from: Pixabay It’s one of my least favorite things about New Years. Everyone wants to know what changes you plan on making. New Year’s resolutions only set us up for failure. Harsh, I […]

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Editing my Manuscript

I’ve been editing my manuscript: Taking Off a Coat: Ruminations on Transitioning for the past couple of weeks. Image from: Pixabay Hence there will be no traditional column today.  I hope to have the final rough draft of my manuscript done by […]

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Thanksgiving Week

As I’ve always maintained, the quickest three months of the year are September to December and now here are at Thanksgiving Week Image from: Public Domain Pictures So one of my big things as a result of learning about Law of Attraction, […]

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Halloween

Halloween: The day where the line between the living and the transitioned is at its weakest point.  That’s why it was at one time known as The Day of the Dead in Pagan lore Image from: Pixabay It has morphed into something […]

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We are Immortal

We are immortal. We will always be reunited, always be together. There is so much evidence documenting the enduring existence of our souls. Dr. Brian Weiss       Image from: Pixabay Death? Ha!  There is no such thing.  In the above […]

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Meditation in the Classroom

In a recent Time Magazine article called The Mindful Classroom, there is a movement afoot in some schools to provide meditation as a required class for students starting kindergarten.  The implication being that if we start children learning at an early age […]

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Labor Day

Another holiday falling on a Monday which means another holiday column.  Today is Labor Day, a day that celebrates the United States labor movement and has since morphed into a day that celebrates all of the United States workforce. Image from: US […]

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The Energy Stream

If you decide to make someone the enemy and you’re pushing very hard against them, you don’t affect them at all, but you disconnect yourself from the Stream. If someone cheats you, they cannot diminish your experience. They only diminish their experience. […]

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Chaos Creates Peace

Make more decisions in every day. Because a decision is a summoning of life. That’s why a little chaos is good for you, because often you don’t make a decision until you get yourself in a jam. And then, in the middle […]

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Quantum Science

Product links here go to my Amazon Affiliate Account.   Should you decide to purchase  product from this column I will benefit.   Image from Pixabay   I’ve discussed Quantum Science at Wisdom and Life a few times previously.  I’ve always had a […]

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Love Wins –Review

Love Wins, by Rob Bell is the book where I first discovered the phrase universalist.  Love wins perfectly describes my worldview, that there is no Hell.  Mr Bell asks: –How can a loving God forsake ANYONE? –If God created every living thing […]

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Memorial Day 2016

Let’s remember Memorial Day for what is supposed to be celebrated for: Our veterans who have given the ultimate sacrifice for the freedom we enjoy.  NOT for the ubiquitous sales that have proliferated.   Image from: CJP Photos I think it is […]

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Once a Week

Hard to believe when I began Wisdom and Life I wrote columns five days a week.  Keeping that pace wasn’t difficult in the beginning as Wisdom and Life was the only blog I wrote.  Now seven years after its inception, W&L is […]

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High Vibrational People

Seek out higher vibrational people, and avoid those who reflect more ego-oriented  behavior patterns   [easyazon_link identifier=”1401912249″ locale=”US” tag=”80010c-20″]Your Ultimate Calling 365 Ways to Bring Inspiration Into Your Life[/easyazon_link] Page 201 Wayne Dyer has long been a muse for Wisdom and Life […]

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Wonder

A few weeks ago while attending Shoreline Universalist, the discussion revolved around the word wonder.  Hearing that service alone, convinced me that I found the right place for my spiritual practice, because everything that was discussed I have in one way or […]

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Unitarian Universalism

Those of you who have been following Wisdom and Life understand my challenge with finding a spiritual home that I’m comfortable in.  I’ve attended Catholic Mass on numerous occasions.  When younger I went to Saint Mark Lutheran Church in Norwich, Connecticut with […]

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Freedom

Seeing as July is ubiquitous with the word freedom in The United States, I’d like to take a few minutes to discuss the word and what it means to me: Freedom means different things to different people. Freedom from oppression Freedom from […]

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Security Clothes

I’m sure you’ve heard of emotional eating: When you eat to fill an emotional void within you.   A friend of mine recently showed me that while I don’t emotionally eat, I DO wear certain of my favorite sweatshirts or wrap myself […]

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On The Right Path

You are on the right path; you are marching straight to your own joy, and to happiness for others. Neale Donald Walsch   We are ALWAYS right where we are supposed to be.  It does no good for anyone to compare themselves […]

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Happy Day After Thanksgiving

Seeing as we are one day after Thanksgiving, I’ve decided NOT to write a traditional column for today.  I hope everyone who celebrates Thanksgiving had a FAB day and didn’t overeat.   Image from: Pixabay               […]

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Sleep Better by Runtastic

Last Thursday, November 6, I discovered a phone app I’ve been using since I downloaded it on Thursday afternoon: Runtastic Sleep Better Image from: Wikipedia Sleep Better gives you stats on your sleep patterns in a clear and concise interface.  The app […]

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Change in Plans

On Wednesday last, I wrote a column for Wisdom and Life that was scheduled to publish on Friday suggesting that I planned on cutting down to once a week.  However, I had a change in heart on Thursday night and reconsidered.  Just […]

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Alien Life

I know! A little outside Wisdom and Life’s purview, but the column is sort of apropos for today, being as it is Halloween: Anyone ever watch The History Channel’s Decoded with Brad Meltzer?  I recently watched the episode called UFO. How many […]

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Keep Stillness Inside You

In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you. Deepak Chopra   I’ve written about Deepak Chopra at Wisdom and Life previously.  He’s one of my favorite enlightened people.  That’s why I continue returning to him.   Are you […]

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Yesterday Once More

Are you still close to your best friend from childhood? Do you stay in touch?   Yesterday, was my best friend’s (from childhood) birthday. Image from: Wikipedia We lost touch with each other shortly after high school.  We both went in different […]

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Building Walls

When you get in trouble and feel there is nowhere to turn, do you build walls and let no one in?  Or do you build bridges and let those closest to you do their best to help?   Do you run? Or […]

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Blog Care

Something a bit different today.  This column is directed at bloggers.  One of the things I’ve started doing recently is doing an automatic backup of my blogs to Google Drive using UpdraftPlus.  Check Updraft out on G+. Image from: UpDraftPlus With UpDraftPlus, you […]

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Be Kooky

You can be a blessing to the people you meet today.  Yes, life has its serious moments.  But being a bit kooky may be the secret to seeing yourself and others through good times and bad.  Go ahead, make someone’s day–make her […]

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Red Sox Trades

Alright: Image from: Wikipedia Bear with me while I depart JUST a bit from the standard Wisdom and Life column here.  I think you’ll see this come full circle.  I’m a HUGE Boston Sports fan having been born wearing Red Sox.  To […]

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All the Facts

If you are being swept into some current that is not comfortable, or not in harmony with your desire, you must remember that couldn’t happen if you weren’t offering a vibration that matched it in some way. If you’re vibrating differently from […]

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Independence Day

Continuing with past holiday tradition, seeing as today is a US holiday, there will be no formal Wisdom and Life column.   Enjoy Independence Day weekend and for those of you in the path of Hurricane Arthur, please stay safe.  Take a […]

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Emotional IQ

Researchers have found that even more than IQ, your emotional awareness and abilities to handle feelings will determine your success and happiness in all walks of life, including family relationships. Quote by John Gottman [easyazon_link identifier=”B0089XLFS6″ locale=”US” tag=”80010c-20″]Awakened Mind Page 7[/easyazon_link]4 Your […]

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Be an Example of Inner Peace

Being an example of inner peace is an effective way of expressing your desire to offer inspiration to others.   [easyazon_link identifier=”1401912249″ locale=”US” tag=”80010c-20″]Your Ultimate Calling[/easyazon_link] Page 89 Wayne Dyer The EC Scranton Memorial Library has a summer book sale every year […]

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Memorial Day 2014

When my column falls on a holiday, I typically take the day to remember that particular holiday. Memorial Day is a day in The United States where we remember those in the US Armed Services who have transitioned.   Image from: CJP […]

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Hope is a Good Thing

Remember, Red, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things. And no good thing ever dies. [easyazon_link identifier=”B004EJ2QEQ” locale=”US” tag=”80010c-20″] Shawshank Redemption [/easyazon_link] I’ve written about The Shawshank Redemption at Wisdom and Life.  Simply click the link to read the previous columns.  One […]

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Circle of Friends

Studies show that people who have friends live longer and have fewer illnesses and that a close circle of friends actually helps the immune system work.  With this in mind, run, don’t walk, to your nearest neighborhood coffee klatch, church group, political […]

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The Flame is Burning

Image from: Wikipedia As with The Secret enhancing, growing, creating a stronger faith in me, reading Still Writing by Dani Shapiro, last month lit a fire under me, reinvigorated the passion I have for writing.  At one point before discovering Law of […]

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Ethereal Physics

I bet you’re scratching your head wondering what the heck Ethereal Physics is.  At the moment I’m writing this column on Wednesday, March 19 (See?  I really DO write in advance.) my new book exchange friend and really old friend in general […]

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Writing Saved My Life

A little different column today.  Today you get to peer into my life a bit more. You get to see what makes this writer tick.   Start small. If you try to think about all of it at once—-the world you hope to […]

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Cutting Back

Image from: Wikipedia A short and sweet column today: Three months have gone by since I cut back to two columns a week here at Wisdom and Life.  I still believe I made the right choice as I felt pressed to get […]

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Being Thankful

Seeing as where one day after Thanksgiving in The United States and most of us are spending time with family and friends.  I will not be posting a traditional column today.  I hope that everyone has the opportunity to be with those […]

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Writing Vs. Speaking

Anyone who knows me personally, understands that I sometimes have a challenge speaking as a result of multiple seizures I experienced growing up.  My speech pattern began as the classic stutter, repeating the same word over and over in elementary and middle school. […]

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Staying Ahead of the Curve

You’d think now that I cut my blogging down to twice a week I’d be able to “stay ahead of curve.” Image from: Wikipedia It unfortunately hasn’t worked out that way.   Hopefully I will get back on track shortly.  Typically when […]

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The Serenity Prayer

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.   Living one day at a time; Enjoying one moment at a time; Accepting hardships as the […]

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Prayer Monday

New Monday Theme: Prayer Monday Image from: commons.wikimedia I’ve often written here about prayer.  And after my last Theme Monday ended, I looked for a new theme to start.  I decided on a prayer theme.  Starting next week I will be discussing […]

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Ready, Set, Manifest

As you have already seen, receiving what you ask for is as easy as asking: A parking space. Friendships Traffic lights responding to your request. Image from: Wikipedia All of these things I have received when “putting it out there.”  I’m sure […]

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Is Writing Writing?

In relation to Wednesday’s column, Knowing What to Write, I want to share another column on writing today.  In the same conversation with my friend, Jason I referred to in the linked column, we discussed our shift in writing, Jason now writing […]

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Knowing What to Write

As a writer, of fiction first since I could pick up a writing instrument first then learning to type, the question that comes most frequently and that can challenge many of us is: Where do you get your ideas? When I wrote […]

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Saint Gereon

Saint Gereon Image from: Wikipedia I suffer from Migraine headaches and all I can say is I thank God that they don’t strike as often as they did when I was younger.  Tuesday, June 11, I was struck harder than any time […]

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The Answers You Seek

The answers you seek never come when the mind is busy, they come when the mind is still, when silence speaks loudest.   Spiritual Truths   Image from: Venerable Mettananda Meditation. Sleeping. Dreaming. The time JUST before fully waking.  These are all […]

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For the Best

When you believe a challenge arises in your life and you don’t see a way out, When you are in what you think is a storm of epic grandeur, When something occurs in your life that throws you completely off your equilibrium, Do you understand […]

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Saint Paul

Welcome to another edition of Saints Monday.  Today, let’s discuss Saint Paul.   Why Saint Paul?  I think my fellow bloggers and writers will relate as he is the Patron Saint of Writers.  He is the Patron Saint of Writers because he contributed […]

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Two Symptoms of Enlightenment

According to Vedanta, there are only two symptoms of enlightenment, just two indications that a transformation is taking place within you toward a higher consciousness. The first symptom is that you stop worrying. Things don’t bother you anymore. You become light-hearted and […]

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Saint Maybe

Alright!  Alright! So I’m cheating with this “Saints” Monday theme. My first Saints column a few weeks ago about Saint Anthony produced some thoughts about the word “saint” which lead to Anne Tyler’s Saint Maybe.  I believe this was my introduction to Ms […]

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Guiding our Children

Parents often think that they are here to guide the little ones. When – in reality – the little ones come forth with clarity to guide you.   Abraham-Hicks   As I’ve said here on too many occasions to count, children are […]

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Blog Changes

Google+ has been a true winner for me as you can see from my Social category.  Several bloggers in one of my circles mentioned several features we bloggers should take into consideration: –Is your blog mobile ready: More readers are viewing our […]

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Why Google+?

Here’s a question for my G+ers and those of you not yet on Google+: Why are you here? And Why are you NOT here? Let’s tackle the first question first? Why are you here? For content providers (Writers, Photographers, Bloggers etc) G+ […]

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WordPress

As you’ve probably noticed in the past couple of weeks, I’ve broadened my blog a bit, writing about more than spirituality and Law of Attraction.  Today’s entry is no different.  Today I’m writing about my blog platform choice: I’ve been blogging since […]

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An Old Pair of Slippers

An old pair of slippers: As in as comfortable as. Are you fortunate to have someone who you trust implicitly?  And they in turn trust you? Are you fortunate to have someone who can stay quiet and be comfortable enough not to […]

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New Year

Image from: 3D Wallpaper Hope all of my readers have a happy and successful new year.  Thanks to all who have made this blog a success in 2012.  Here are my stats for 2012: Year in Blogging My regularly scheduled blogs will […]

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The Holidays Are Upon Us

May everyone celebrating the Christmas season have a safe and joyous holiday.  I will not be writing this week as the holidays should be spent with family and friends. Photo Courtesy: CJP Photos Look for my blog to return on Wednesday, January […]

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December 21

The next step in man’s evolution will be the survival of the wisest. Deepak Chopra Well.  Here we are at December 21, 2012.  As I look at that date there is one significant point I’d like to make.  For those who have […]

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Neti Pot

Welcome to the second Health and Fitness Monday.  Today I will be discussing the [easyazon_link identifier=”B000WJIC3G” locale=”US” tag=”80010c-20″]Neti Pot[/easyazon_link]. Image from: Wikipedia The link above is the neti pot that I own.  Purchase directly from the Amazon link here and I will […]

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Be Where You Are

Meditation is the only intentional, systematic human activity which at bottom is about not trying to improve yourself or get anywhere else, but simply to realize where you already are.   Jon Kabat-Zinn Breath in. Breath out. Jon Kabat-Zinn is a master […]

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Don’t Focus on Success

If you focus on success, you’ll have stress. But if you pursue excellence, success will be guaranteed. Deepak Chopra A favorite, recurring theme on Wisdom and Life.  A correlation to this and something I’m fond of saying is: Don’t chase the money. […]

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Start Small

Welcome to the second Law of Attraction Theme Monday: As I wrote last Monday with Law of Attraction and Faith, in order to get what you want you simply have to: –Ask for what you want. –Believe you already have it. –Give […]

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