Opening Comments from Bob
This Issue: We are all going through an experience like never before in our lifetime. Take a break. Besides the traditional content, the newsletter includes two poems, Flowing and My Special Clock. The pictures were taken a few years ago when we traveled the Rhine and Mosel rivers. Enjoy the other treats.
Subscriber Residences: PLEASE let me know if your state, providence, or country is not listed in the demographic section at the end. There currently are subscribers in 28 states, 3 provinces, and 13 countries. See the complete list near the end of the newsletter.
Next Month: Barring the unforeseen, the next issue comes out on September 27, 2020.
My Facebook account is again open.
Beauty of the Alps
A few miles down the road.
Two Poems this Month
feel the river of life.
the warmth of being
heals the soul
awaits like a beacon
the journey completes
Comments: Similar theme as last month's Flow.
My Special Clock
Being many decades old,
who would have believed
what simple joys
a hand painted clock
could bring me.
The little bird
resting on its perch
swings back and forth,
silently tic tock.
spent at the computer
writing and writing.
When a brief break is needed
I peer at the little clock
and smile before returning.
I expect it
to go “cuckoo.”
Comments: Clock is pictured to the right.
The bakeries in Europe are WONDERFUL!
I love my little clock (See rec below.)
The cathedral in Lucerne, Switzerland
View of Lucerne from the river.
Vignette this Month
Even though we are in a pandemic, we must maintain hope.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
A large hotel in Lucerne
A store I have loved visiting over the last decade. Since I nave moved westward, I purchase items via mail. My little clock was purchased here. Sally runs this small business. If interested, below is the contact information.
Sally Scimé, owner
“designs for serene living”
13 S. New Street
Staunton, VA 24401
Stay safe and healthy!
.........Please take a look at the gift page.
Another view of Lucerne
Many wedding is held at this ancient bridge in downtown Lucerne.
The purpose of our lives is to be happy. – Dalai Lama
Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. – Thomas Edison
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking..– Steve Jobs
Cruising Lake Lucerne
Bit of Humor
A bit of laughter is healthy for the soul
A man entered a pet shop, wanting to buy a parrot. The shop owner pointed out three identical parrots on a perch and said, "The parrot to the left costs 500 dollars."
"Why does that parrot cost so much?" the man wondered.
The owner replied, "Well, it knows how to use a computer."
The man asked about the next parrot on the perch.
"That one costs 1,000 dollars because it can do everything the other parrot can do, plus it knows how to use the UNIX operating system."
Naturally, the startled customer asked about the third parrot.
"That one costs 2,000 dollars."
"And what does that one do?" the man asked.
The owner replied, "To be honest, I've never seen him do a thing, but the other two call him boss!"
Compliments of Joke a Day
If you have comments, recommendations, or suggestions for the PJ, please e-mail them to email@example.com. 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.)
"You are a wonderful photographer. I love painting, and I love the pictures you send. I am currently working on three paintings. . ." - Janice from OH (Ed.: As always many thanks!)
"Bob, loved your words, " people rise/ ready or not to meet the day." The pictures from western Canada are splendid. As you may remember, we specialized in the maritimes, especially Nova Scotia, probably our favorite place outside Ohio." - Jim from OH (Ed.: Jim is a regular contributor. As always, I enjoy hearing from him. Many thanks!)
"Love the photos from Banff and the poems from this month's issue. Keep up the excellent work." - Scot from OH (Ed.: Much appreciated Scot!)
"Would you believe I was cleaning out my files and found your September, 2018 PJ? Your pictures of the flower gardens were so vibrant that it made me feel like I was there. Sometimes I get a little behind on my emails, but 2018 seems a long time ago." - Bev from OH (Ed.: As they say, "Better late than never." Thanks for writing.)
"Loved the Banff part. Saw it in the snow once, which was also beautiful." - Renate from UT (Ed.: I have never visited during the winter. It is gorgeous in the summer.)
General: JJG wrote: I've read Bob's "To the End of Time" trilogy twice, each time gaining deep and deeper insights into the human condition. The three small volumes hold their own as good stories but also provide a unique glimpse into a new religious paradigm. Would that it could come to be.
Specific Book: To the End of Time and Back: An Epic Journey
David from Utah: "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."
Jim from MT. Vernon: "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."
Art from Park City, UT: "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."
Bobbie from Texas: "Your book touched places deep within my soul. I could read it over and over again, Bob. Job Well Done!"
Kimberly from Ohio: "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."
An Ohio Reader: "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. . ."
Reader from Arizona: "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: "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."
Specific Book: Adelyn: An Epic Journey:
Ohio Reader: "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."
Specific Book: The Tao of Momentary Thoughts
Doug from Ohio: ". . . I was not prepared for page 116 Should have been because of the extremely personal nature of the entire book. Please understand that the unusual length of time to finish your book (especially for a binge reader like me) was because it screamed to be read thoughtfully in increments. For me that was 10-15 pages every weekend, often in quiet . . .Thank you for "putting pen to paper" and sharing your soul. Those of us who have followed Poetical Journeys will recognize much of the content. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to share part of your journey really feel a part of it."
Charles from Park City: "Hi Bob….I just picked up your The Tao of Momentary Thoughts. It’s wonderful . . I love your book."
Ed from Seattle: The Tao of Momentary Thoughts: "I was smiling all the way through the reading . . .I think I will reread it again during the next week. . ."
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Until next time - joy and peace,
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