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What is love?

What is love? Howard Jones and later, Haddaway asked the same question. I’m not sure if either got any answers but I seem to be asking myself that more and more at the moment. I’m not talking of the love for your parents or children or siblings. I’m referring to the kind of love that makes your heart leap and your fingers tingle, which squeezes you right to the core of your being....Read On

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The story of alms

Everything goes around, comes around.

Once upon a time, at a temple called Mercy, which was located on a mountaintop, there lived two monks. One was named AWAKEN . The other was named HAZY . At the beginning, they went out for alms every day.   Awaken went out alone later on. Hazy found that he only had gone out for a day and could make a lot of alms easily. Then, he used the alms to trade for the daily necessities. ...Read On

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Circle of Life

A massive old Acacia abyssinica tree grew to one side of the house on the edge of a seasonal pond overlooking the valley and fields below. So much life happened in and around this beautiful tree and through the decades many milestones had been commemorated in the shade of its branches; weddings, christenings, memorial services and countless lunch parties. Children who had grown up climbing in...Read On

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The Last Summer Before Life

Responsible Glenn is on the edge of adulthood, but can his mother handle letting him go?

The red bathing suit stood out from all the others, its modest cut being a departure from the scant bikinis dominating the poolside. I noticed the girl wearing it from under an umbrella. She moved with ease in and out of the water, shoulders glistening with whatever oil she’d rubbed into them. As for me, I rarely emerged from my shaded little corner, lest my pale skin burn and blister. I...Read On

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Smiling Brown Eyes

I look into your eyes Your beautiful smiling brown eyes With warmth and promises  That touch my soul They sparkle like stars with love They tell me everything is good I can be me without worry You are on my side always I see and feel the love In your beautiful smiling eyes...Read On

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The passenger in the journey of life

A divinely brilliant life has no regret when DEATH comes along...

One day, Buddha passed a respected philanthropist's house fortuity. The master was not at home. He glanced around that sumptuous house. Everything was very cozy and grandiose. There placed a chaise longue next to the hall. The master raised some dogs. He specifically doted on one dog very much. They enjoyed each other's company always. It would be filled with joy whenever the master...Read On

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Juno Beach - Now and Then

Courseulles-sur-Mer, Normandy. August 2018

  I sit on the beach, absently raking fingertips through the warm sand while listening to the cheerful clamour all around. My fellow holidaymakers laugh, squeal, shout to one another, their shrill cries mingling with the raucous shrieks of the gulls wheeling and swooping overhead. My gaze fixes on the waves lapping the shoreline. Each gentle splash and foaming spray is followed by the...Read On

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Now and Forever

She no longer just needed her best friend—she wanted him, as a man, and wanted him now and forever

Now and Forever: a love story The dream was back--so were the eyes. They hovered in an angry sky just above the horizon, seeing everything but focusing on nothing. Amy knew those eyes—knew a time when they’d been filled with happiness and a love of life. But that had been before her brother came back from Vietnam. Young, naked, and skinny, she stood alone and vulnerable on a hill surrounded...Read On

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Restaurant Divorzio

Not everyone has the title to love or be loved...

His feeling for her became more and more just a procedure and an obligation after they had been married for ten years. The passions and the joys were gone long ago. Kazrim had also lost his interest in her. He expected to racket about all night long and hanged out with other women.   There came a young and lively girl who has madly attracted to him in the office. He suddenly believed...Read On

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The Square

As the drums and pipes played on

As the drums and pipes played Tribal King we stood our ground.  We the fresh and young troops of our King stood and watched the foolish French below.  For today we have been told it shall end here, end today.  The shout goes up and down the line, "Form right."   Our old man paced to the front, proud of his lads.  Stopping here and there to tap a shoulder, a word of courage to his green...Read On

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Awaken

Those three over used words "I love you".

Bless you for you have awakened the imp, the brat in me. The small brat that I have hidden away for so, so long. You my love, have taught my soul to dance once again. You know I call you my oxygen, for without you, I surely would  be dead by now and without your love I would not be the person I am.  From your laughter to the look, that only I know, that melts my heart.  Your pure love...Read On

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Brightest Star

You the keeper of my internal flame that shall forever burn bright

Ever since man looked to the heavens, they have tried to understand the mysteries that surround them. To make sense of the unknown and to label the mysteries. Look to the heavens and you shall see Sirius, the brightest night star. But to me the brightest star is you.  Yes for you are my pillar and my celestial guide. My Nephi you became my Angel. When I stumble with my day to day life, I...Read On

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The best and the last love in your entire life

Love means: You are not finding a suitable person. You be the suitable person made of love.

A very distracted man has a talk with Buddha in a temple one late night. He, ‘Enlightened Buddha, I’m a married man, but I’m frantically falling in love with another woman now. I really don’t know what to do!’ Buddha, ‘Are you sure that woman who you are falling for is the best and the last love in your entire life?’ He, ‘Yes, I’m sure.’ Buddha, ‘You divorce your present wife and marry...Read On

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A string of wooden beads

I always believe if everyone does a good deed, bit by bit, we can make a harmonious world.

A temple stood in the center of a huge lake, which was stretched to the horizon.   The scenery was so beautiful and peaceful. A great master and his twenty junior monks lived together and cultivated the wisdom of Buddha in harmony. Hearsay a precious string of wooden beads had been worn by Buddha, which was enshrined in the temple. They only had a small cockleboat to connect to...Read On

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Grandpa's Secret Tears

Grandpa awoke with tears in his eyes. He knew something was wrong and it saddened him. He sucked air through the nose mask. The CPAP machine hissed. The air that did not go into his lungs escaped through the tiny holes at the junction of the air tube and the mask. "Shhhh." The forced air hissed at him to be silent. The positive air pressure breathed with Grandpa and prevented him from...Read On

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All about the nice VA lady and a new iPhone

I'd been making gestures at my computer for years, well, at least one particular gesture...

How’s by you, Grady Lee? Funniest thing happened yesterday. This nice lady from the Veterans Administration stopped by and said what I really needed, I mean with my having gone from hard of seeing to being blinder than any known bat, was one of those so-called smart Apple iPhones. I told her I knew a bit about the thing, how you made gestures to work it, and let her know I'd been...Read On

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Kindred Spirits, Distant Hearts. Chapter 28

"...and there fell from it three drops of blood on the snow."

Tripoli. February 04 th 1942   The news from Benghazi was a double edged sword for Katarina. On the one hand, Maria would at least be away from the fighting but on the other, she would be alone and unhappy. She couldn't imagine what it would be like to be caged in a foreign land so far from home. As for herself, the time resting had worked wonders. A good night's sleep had...Read On

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Relaxing Work Music

Let the music resonate across the land

 

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Midnight Moonlight Mystery

Intellectual guy and adventurous guy meet a girl trapped in an adventure.

At the Carolina Coast Hotel, some guests, bewitched by the full moon, still lounged on the lawns in the wee hours. That September weekend was ending. The sweet summer of 2017 was bidding goodbye. Meanwhile, Conn Franklin, a James Dean lookalike, was coming up the beach from his boat, ignoring Stefanie Ryan waving to him. But Conn's friends, Wyatt Graham and Cooper Peterson, were...Read On

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Fighting The Night

Story of Betty and her epic battle against the gruesome and terrible creature.

As a blanket of grey swept beneath the sun, Betty’s heart pounded. She knew the thing was fast approaching, it ran almost twice as fast as she did. Her mind was conflicted, at this point, she had ran so far, what was the point of running any further. Should she keep going, or stop taking in the air and let the creature consume her. There had been so much leading up to this, so many...Read On

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One Day on the Armored Truck

A true story

Warning: Very coarse language used in two places. One of the best jobs I held prior to my days in law enforcement was working for an armoured car company. I drove an older armoured truck that would take a tank to dent. The hours were good and the pay was decent. It was one of the only places that I would come into work on my off days if asked. We spend our days picking up and delivered...Read On

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Thoughts

Another sleepless night When thoughts of you take over   Truth be told  You're in my mind and heart Touching my very soul   Peaceful with blood boiling desires Searching to be accepted   No boundaries or limits No holding back words No worries between us   One soul touching another Sharing world   Calmness and excited  Different but the same The sounds of silence  With...Read On

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Freed

5 of 5 These aged walls no longer hold me...

 

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Identified!

4 of 5 So, Doctor, what can you tell me?

 

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Found

3 of 5 Have you noticed anything odd about this wall?

 

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Lost

2 of 5 Let me out! Let me out...

 

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Teaching of time

As a small child, I was taught Each thing has a reason The wind talks Silence speaks Open your mind Believe in yourself Time has no measure No distance is too far See with your eyes Then feel with your heart Things are not always As first known There are many colors of the rainbow     ...Read On

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Fireflies

The dreamer in me ...

When I was a child, I enjoy running around the rice field, balancing on a very narrow mud road as I keep running fast chasing grasshoppers, butterfly, bumblebee or dragonfly. When I was not running, I enjoy catching dragonfly through their wings. I would put sewing tread on its tail and let them fly. I would imagine flying with them riding on their back while I would run fast. My mother...Read On

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Trapped

1 of 5. I see them, they don't see me...

 

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Disconnected

Leaning as far over as she dared, she peered under the lake’s gently rippling surface. She could see all the way to the silt and rock bottom but couldn’t discern a black rectangle protruding from it. The phone was gone. “Stupid, stupid,” she muttered. “Where is it?” She risked leaning even farther, searching beneath the canoe but the old wooden vessel creaked in protest and tilted...Read On