Opening Comments from Bob
My ninth book, A Poetical Journey (all poetry), and the eighth, The Tao of Momentary Thoughts (combination of poetry, vignettes, and quotes), are enjoyable reads. They are available for order from Amazon.
My other books are available on Amazon.
This Issue: Enjoy the first of a two part series on Fall in the Midway area. The poems for this month are Decisions and Wonder.
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Unless otherwise noted, the pictures provide a preview of fall in my area. Many were shot on Empire and Guardsman Passes.
Two Poems this Month
Life is filled with them,
some would say consumed by them.
What restaurant will we choose?
Which shirt looks best?
Trivial for many in the scheme of life.
the next meal becomes a survival choice.
Or, will this clothing protect me from the elements?
Many live in a bubble
concerned with only self,
ethnocentric to the core.
humankind will understand
that we are all in this together.
At least the core of the major religions
appear to say that.
Comments: None needed.
In the airport
do you ever sit
A young woman
dressed to the nines,
what does she do?
How did that couple meet?
They are as different
as night and day.
There, that scruffy young man,
where does he work?
All these surface attributes
only hint about
who the person is.
More than once
I have misjudged.
Perhaps the old wisdom,
“Judge not lest thou be judged.”
remains a valuable rule
to live by.
Comments: I love to observe people. However, it often turns into judging. I become frustrated with myself because I this. This trait is not a friend to my faith.. All I can do is keep trying.
A few aspens had changed. (More next month)
Heading up Empire Pass
A view taken in Midway
No Vignette this Month, just plenty of pictures.
If you have a guest vignette you would like to submit, please do so. Not only will I enjoy reading it, but if agreeable with you and space permitting, I will print it in a future issue. The vignette should be written in paragraph form and relate a personal story or event. It should fit the overall tenor of this newsletter. Ideally, it should not exceed twenty lines. Please send to email@example.com.
Tai Chi with Dr.. Lam :Regular readers of this newsletter
have read of my support for the health benefits of tai chi.
Dr. Paul Lam, founder of Tai Chi for Arthritis recently visited
Heber City conducting his first workshop in this state. He travels
the world speaking of the scientific research supporting the health
benefits of this wonderful form of exercise. If interested, the link
above will take you to his site so you can find a certified trainer
near you. (Pictured on the left is Senior Trainer Bob Casey and
Dr.. Paul Lam.)
.........Please take a look at the gift page.
"Everything that has a beginning has an ending. Make your peace with that and all will be well." - Jack Kornfield
"The most heartbreaking thing of all is how we cheat ourselves of the present moment." - Pema Chodron
"You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moments, and to embrace them with courage, faith, and hope.” - Thomas Merton
Bit of Humor
A bit of laughter is healthy for the soul
As I pulled into the gas station, I noticed a woman trying to push her car toward the pump. Having always considered myself a Good Samaritan, I parked and joined her in pushing her car.
"What are you doing?" she asked.
"I'm giving you a hand," I said. "What are you doing?"
"I'm stretching before my run."
Compliments of Joke a Day
Below, a few aspens had changed at the higher altitudes.
Pic from downtown Midway, UT
If you have comments, recommendations, or suggestions for the PJ, please e-mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org. While I often cannot print everyone's, I personally respond to all. (When editing the comments for publication, I often eliminate the paragraphing to save space.) .
Again no comments.
Some More Book Reviews
An Ohio reader wrote regarding the novel Adelyn: An Epic Journey:
In his book, Adelyn: An Epic Journey, Bob navigates the reader through a challenging journey in the time space continuum while exposing both the weaknesses and strengths of humanity. As Adelyn is exposed to the infinite love of The Source, the reader is challenged to understand how personal beliefs and actions often have more to do with cultural rather than spiritual influences. In a time and world filled with political anger and personal indulgences reading Adelyn offers the open-minded promise. It would make a great book study.
To the End of Time and Back: An Epic Journey Review taken from Amazon
"The new novel, To the End of Time and Back is a skillful account of two lovers on an 'Epic Journey,' racing through time and history to learn life-changing truths. Their spectral mentor, Arundel, sends them through difficult travels, but their relationship endures and remains strong despite physical, and psychological stress. Powerful emotions such as fear, anger and happiness, combine with lust, pain and sexuality to help them learn. Written in verse form, the story is an epic poem, painted to portray the duality of mankind throughout dimensions of human history that is sometimes cruel and horrific. The reader will come to know and understand what is being described and will certainly enjoy the stimulating elegance of the story and the philosophy. A thoroughly enjoyable read that is certain to make you think." - David from Utah
Other Reviews (They have been edited for length. Thank so much to each of you.)
"I finished your book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It was much easier to follow by having the whole thing in front of me, and reading as much as I wanted at a time. I felt pretty weary after bouncing around in time for many hundreds of years, but I was relieved to know that at least part of the world survived 'Armageddon'. What a feat you have performed." - Jim
"I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your latest book To the End of Time and Back. When I bought the book I had no idea what to expect. Once I started reading it, I didn't want to put it down. I had fun reading it from A to Z and everything in between." - Art from Park City, UT
"Your book touched places deep within my soul. I could read it over and over again, Bob. Job Well Done!" - Bobbie from Texas
"Well, Bob! I am rather blown away by your book. Finished it yesterday, and it only took four days, which means I was intrigued and wanted to know how the book ends. I'm a slow, deep reader and since my profession is writing and editing, I edit continuously as I read. Can't help it! But this book was worth dropping everything for and reading to the end. I admit to cynicism about your claim that it would change me, and I don't know that it has just yet but it won't be leaving my heart and head for a long time, and change could happen. I'm impressed that the book actually lived up to your claims for it. . . . I'm intrigued by this book because it rings so true, and I am therefore tempted to believe you actually were given the gift of this dictation. But if not and this is fiction, you have written one hell of a book, masquerading amazingly as non-fiction ... which is indeed one of the goals of fiction." - Kimberly
"WOW! WOW! WOW! I read it in one sitting and found so many things you wrote about 'true' for what I know and feel about past lives I've lived. Actually, the chapter about the Holocaust was something I couldn't bear to read–too sad and painful. (I've always felt that way about that period of history.) . . . it was very well done, Bob. Just beautifully done. I'm looking for the movie. . . I'm sure others will feel connected to this book just as I did. AMAZING. Just AMAZING. I couldn't put it down. There was so much anticipation with each chapter it hooked me from the very beginning. . ." - An Ohio Reader
"I read your book a couple weeks ago. You are lucky we don't live close enough for me to call you to discuss it! It was interesting and easy to read. I liked the format. It reminded me of Many Masters, Many Lives by Brian L. Weiss (which was not that quick to read). Have you read that? . . . Anyway, kudos on the book -- on all your books. . ." - A Reader from Arizona
"Your newest release takes the reader to places deep within. It makes one ponder all things about life itself. Many authors have written about reincarnation, but yours goes deeper. Through an eternal relationship between two souls, you describe all the human emotions one can feel. The book takes you to historical times and places around the globe, making you feel as if you are part of the beautiful relationship of A~ and Z~. After reading, they will become a part of you." - A Reader
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Until next time - joy and peace,
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Midway, UT 84049