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Death Immense Is Not So As A Little Innocence…

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.     Youth is growing down… when they are slowly losing their innocence

.     and are turning into more second-hand, dead copies of mere so-called 

.     grown-ups.    Never grow up… never lose your innocence.

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.     And something thought or done or wished without

.     a little innocence,although it were

.     as red as terror and as green as fate,

.     greyly shall fail and dully disappear —

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.     but the proud power of himself death immense

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a little innocence by Thomas Peace 2013

a little innocence by Thomas Peace 2013

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Praying Mantises… and Primitive Notions of Entropy…

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.     Universal order eternally smiled at the limited, rather barbaric,

.     miseducated, ironclad notions of entropy… as certain minds,

.     after tha debate, star t ed 2 d tear e oar eight 2 knot in 8 all… & fine

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Praying Mantises will make a quick meal out of other insects within their vicinity, which is a rather entropic situation for the prey, but a rather non-entropic situation for the Mantises.  (Universal order, by the way, isn’t going bye-bye.)

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.   I love handling Mantises in the wild.  Most, when caught, will tame down within a few minutes… after they bite the living daylights out of you!  Most will tame down so quickly that — after several minutes, when you put them back down on the ground — they actually zealously try to get back on your hand; they love to climb the wiggling fingers; to them it must be a fun sort of activity or exciting experience.  (At least that’s the case with the ones I’ve encountered.)  In our area I only found one Mantid that would not tame down, no matter what.  That one I called “a bronco”… and I hope not to experience another one like it for a very long time!

At one time, I had a Praying Mantis as a pet… in a large terrarium.  I fed it thawed frozen brine shrimp (daily) from my fingers.  It lived for a very long time and laid huge egg sacks full of many eggs (that I put in our backyard).  Female Mantises can lay fertile eggs even without ever coming into contact with a male Mantis; in such cases, the babies are exact clones of the mother.  (If they do mate with a male… the females sometimes eat the male’s head off… or consume much of his body.)  My pet Mantis really enjoyed climbing around on my fingers often.  I was with my pet Mantis on the day that it died; it continually kept kissing its arms/legs all around… as if it were saying “good-bye” to itself.

Mantises truly look “alien-like” in appearance!

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.      yonder deadfromtheneckup graduate of a

.      somewhat obscure to be sure university spends

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Mantis (1)... hanging out with Tom...by Thomas Peace 2013

Mantis (1)… hanging out with Tom…by Thomas Peace 2013

Mantis (2)... hanging out with Tom... by Thomas Peace  2013

Mantis (2)… hanging out with Tom… by Thomas Peace 2013

Mantis (3) by Thomas Peace 2013

Mantis (3) by Thomas Peace 2013

Mantids are meticulous groomers!

Mantis (4) by Thomas Peace 2013

Mantis (4) by Thomas Peace 2013

Peeking over the antenna… right into the camera eye!

Mantis (5) by Thomas Peace 2013

Mantis (5) by Thomas Peace 2013

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You say you want a revolution, well you know…

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Instead of the usual crass and ignorant revolution of violent disruption, war, and disharmony, why can’t there be an awe-inspiring, elevated, truly new revolution of respect, affection and (wise) holistic understanding?

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excerpt from John Lennon:

You say you’ll change the constitution
Well, you know
We all want to change your head
You tell me it’s the institution
Well, you know
You’d better free your mind instead
But if you go carrying pictures of Chairman Mao
You ain’t gonna make it with anyone anyhow 

Don’t you know it’s gonna be
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Well, you know... by Thomas Peace 2013

Well, you know… by Thomas Peace 2013

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Purple Condemnation…

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.    Can we look at ourselves without mere condemnation, without judgement and criticism… but just look without any of the past conditioning and knowledge that was instilled within (and “as”) us?

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.    from Stephen Crane:

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.   “It was wrong to do this,” said the angel.

.   “You should live like a flower,

.   Holding malice like a puppy,

.   Waging war like a lambkin.”

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.   “Not so,” quoth the man

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.   “It is only wrong for angels

.   Who can live like the flowers,

.   Holding malice like the puppies,

.   Waging war like the lambkins.”

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Grape Hyacinths by Thomas Peace 2013

Grape Hyacinths by Thomas Peace 2013

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Peace and Pieces…

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.     To have lasting peace in the world, you can’t just look at

.     everything in pieces (i.e., in fragments).  Peace = no pieces!

.     The flowering plant (below) has many flowers (on different stems)…

.     but they are all “one”; they are not separate.  Each flower can be a bit 

.     different (than the others), but they all (in a big way) are also rather

.     similar… and they are not separate.

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The friction between nations and groups is a reflection of the friction, fragmentation, and separative outlooks within each one of us.  We will never have a lasting and holistic peace if each of us continues to see things with a “broken” perspective.  Almost all of us have been educated to see things in a fragmentary way (i.e., “them” and “us”).  What is fragmentary, what sees and thinks with a “broken” perspective… must, by natural law, extend more conflict, disorder, and disharmony (to a significant extent) than need be.  What is ruptured internally extends that to manifest as an external rupturing.  We all can benefit from more holistic, intelligent, integral understanding.

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Floral Integrity... by Thomas Peace 2013

Floral Integrity… by Thomas Peace 2013

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Going beyond the conventional…

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.     Life is meant to be lived (with vibrant awareness)… not mere

.     (second-hand) imitation; perhaps you shouldn’t spend it

.     looking through dead images that others instilled in you.

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.     from Stephen Crane:

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.     “Think as I think,” said a man,

.     “Or you are abominably wicked;

.     You are a toad.”

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.     And after I had thought of it,

.     I said:  “I will, then, be a toad.”

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Self Portrait... by Thomas Peace 2013

Self Portrait… by Thomas Peace 2013

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There is no plurality…

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Shih Tzu (1) by Thomas Peace 2013

Shih Tzu (1) by Thomas Peace 2013

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Shih Tzu (2) by Thomas Peace 2013

Shih Tzu (2) by Thomas Peace 2013

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Shih Tzu (3) by Thomas Peace 2013

Shih Tzu (3) by Thomas Peace 2013

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Compassion is thick, warm, and deep; indifference is…

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.          Compassion — like the living, limitless heart of a truly dedicated, caring nurse — is thick, warm, and deep; indifference  — like a limited, superficial pool of dead ice — is cold and shallow.  

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.     And whoever walks a furlong without sympathy walks to his own funeral

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Lacewing by Thomas Peace 2013

Lacewing by Thomas Peace 2013

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One safe and quiet blade of grass…

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.      (Note:  The following is rather subtle… and may be difficult for many to grasp.

.      Please examine it carefully… and with a mind that has dropped — at least for a

.      while — its ironclad, conventional background and inherited prejudices.)      😉

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.     One safe and quiet blade of lofty, unconventional grass,

.     withstanding the traditional rain, soars higher (to the truth of

.     her) than millions of trampled, overpowered, fallen 

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Leaf of Grass byThomas Peace 2012

Leaf of Grass by
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Actual Photos of the Immortal Web of Time…

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One wonders… what can be wiser than a wise spider?

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Certainly not a lot of ordinary humans.  Most humans, strangely enough, are stuck in time… and don’t even have a clue…

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phys·i·og·no·my

[fiz-ee-og-nuh-mee, -on-uh-mee]  Show IPA

noun, plural phys·i·og·no·mies.

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The face or countenance, especially when considered as an index to the character:
a fierce physiognomy.
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Also called anthroposcopy.  The art of determining character or personal characteristics
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The outward appearance of anything, taken as offering some “insight” into its
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The Immortal Web of Time (1) by Thomas Peace 2013

The Immortal Web of Time (1) by Thomas Peace 2013

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The Immortal Web of Time (2) by Thomas Peace 2013

The Immortal Web of Time (2) by Thomas Peace 2013

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The Immortal Web of Time (3) by Thomas Peace 2013

The Immortal Web of Time (3) by Thomas Peace 2013

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Photos: Three Creatures in an Eternal Flower…

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Curiously, it may be that “mostpeople” function in the details, but never seem to care about seeing the big picture.

Curiously, time and eternity may be parts of that bigger picture that “mostpeople” don’t care enough about seeing.

It’s always  important to see the little details; it’s also always  important to curiously see (and understand) the big picture.

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ESTRANGED from Beauty — none can be —

For Beauty is Infinity —

And power to be finite ceased

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Three Bugs in an Eternal Flower (1) by Thomas Peace 2013

Three Bugs in an Eternal Flower (1) by Thomas Peace 2013

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Three Bugs in an Eternal Flower (2) by Thomas Peace 2013

Three Bugs in an Eternal Flower (2) by Thomas Peace 2013

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Three Bugs in an Eternal Flower (3) by Thomas Peace 2013

Three Bugs in an Eternal Flower (3) by Thomas Peace 2013

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Video of a Royal “Painted Lady” in Eternal Sunshine…(plus an extra Photo)…

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Painted Lady by Thomas Peace 2013

Painted Lady by Thomas Peace 2013

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.   THE BUTTERFLY’S Numidian Gown

.   With spots of Burnish roasted on

.   Is proof against the Sun

.   Yet prone to shut its spotted Fan

.   And panting on a Clover lean

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Other of Emily’s insightful poems occur in my book.     eternalfountainofyouth.com 

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Photos of Unusual Allosaurus Dinosaur Fossil Vertebra (150 Million Years Old)…

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The name Allosaurus was derived from the Greek, and it means “different lizard.”  It was considered “different,” by paleontologists, because its bones were a lot lighter than in dinosaurs previous to its existence.  Its bones were much lighter because they were riddled with many more air channels and blood vessel channels that previous species of dinosaur did not have as much of.  This allowed it to be faster and more nimble for its size,  which are great benefits to a big, meat-eating animal.

As most of you probably know… Allosaurus was a huge, carnivorous dinosaur.  It occurred in the Jurassic Period, around 150 to 155 million years ago.  The following is a photo (not taken by me) of an Allosaurus skeleton on exhibit (at the San Diego Natural History Museum).

Allosaurus (San Diego Natural History Museum)
Allosaurus (San Diego Natural History Museum)

The following are photographs of an Allosaurus vertebra (backbone) that I purchased at one time.  The vertebra comes from southern Utah.  The vertebra was split in half; then each half was polished (on the side where the split occurred) to show the beautiful cells and spaces within the bone.  Certain dinosaur bones (in certain isolated localities) become (over millions of years) permineralized by various minerals that permeate into the bone cells over time.  Depending what the minerals are… the colors (within the bone spaces) can be of many different types… some very beautiful.  This particular Allosaurus specimen has white crystallizations within… which look quite nice.

After I had the bone in my possession for a while, I noticed that one of the halves had a couple of places (on it) that were entry ways for pneumatic diverticulae.  Pneumatic diverticulae, in the more evolved of the dinosaurs, were branches and channels — that would come from the air sacs and lungs —  that would bore into and through the bones, enabling air (from the lungs) to be stored and transported.  (So, unlike mammals, they could transport and store air within their bones!)  Some of these channels would (later) progress to the outside of the body (and allow gases to be emitted out of the organism).  Younger dinosaurs do not have these, at first; they grow and increase (and branch out more and more) as the animal ages.  Many birds have this.   A turkey wing — that someone is preparing for consumption — may have a little hole in the skin here or there.  These are the exit chambers of the pneumatic channels!  (A young turkey may not have these holes;  most turkeys sold — to consume — are young turkeys).   Birds are actually evolved from (and they are) dinosaurs.   Many mammals, including humans, have cranial pneumaticity (exclusively in their heads)… but only dinosaur/birds have the very advanced postcranial pneumaticity (as well as an advanced form of the cranial kind).

Mammals (such as we humanoids) do not have this advanced kind of respiratory system.  Ours is much more primitive.  You won’t hear this taught in public schools; they, of course, continue to put on airs of superiority for our species!  (I tell things straight, though, just as I do in my book.)  One of the reasons why dinosaurs had such a monopoly over mammals for millions and millions of years has to do with their superior respiratory systems.  In dinosaurs (and birds), special air sacs and pipework keep (new) fresh air coming into their lungs consistently.  Air flows into a bird’s lungs only in one direction.  Air from the (pre-lung) air-sac that puts air into a bird’s (or dinosaur’s) lungs is always being replenished with fresh air.  Air from another (post-lung) air-sac that comes “from” their lungs… always is pushing out “old-used” air.  The lungs never get the bad (used) air coming in with the fresh.  Air only travels in one direction through their (i.e., dinosaurs’) lungs; their lungs are not the inefficient “in and out” kind (like blowing in and out of a paper sack) like ours (i.e., the mammals’) are.  In fact, the lungs of dinosaurs (and birds, which are a small type of dinosaur) do not ever move; only the air-sacs around them move!   Our lungs (of mammals) that move with the ribs, muscles, and diaphragm around them, breathe in the same bad air that we were trying to exhale (and through the same pipework too);  that is very inefficient.  That is one of the reasons why dinosaurs reigned supreme for so many millions of years… until that 6-mile-across asteroid wiped most of them out (except for the birds); the impact of that asteroid also wiped out 70% of all species on earth.   Mammals, during the time of the dinosaurs, were always small, mostly nocturnal, and would hide under rocks (which is one of the reasons why we survived that impact); there were no large mammals during the time of the dinosaurs… because the dinosaurs were too dominant over the mammals.   Most dinosaurs were a lot more hot blooded — the average body temperature of birds is 105 degrees Fahrenheit —  a lot better at breathing… and (hence) a lot more sprightly and agile than the mammals.  (The dinosaurs were not “sluggish,” as we were once — not long ago — taught.)  If that asteroid would have missed the earth… they would still be the dominant ones… and who knows what they would have evolved into…

The following is a photo of the two halves of an Allosaurus vertebra with crystal cells (after polishing).  Weight: 5 lb 10 oz

The cells, which once were air channels and passageways for blood vessels, are now filled with crystallized minerals (various silica, calcite, dolomite and other minerals).

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Allosaurus Dinosaur Split Vertebra by Thomas Peace c.2013

Allosaurus Dinosaur Split Vertebra by Thomas Peace c.2013

Note (in the photo below) the larger oval crystal section around the center; look to the right and (especially) to the left of it to see where the pneumatic diverticulae have entry-ways (fossae pleurocels, or pneumatic pores) that enter the vertebra bone from the air sacs/lungs!  If you look at such a dinosaur vertebra, you will see little spots here and there on its sides; these are the entry-ways (fossae pleurocels/pneumatic pores) that go into the bone.  This vert was cut just at the “right spot” (i.e., right where the pneumatic diverticulae enter the bone… as pneumatic pores); the guy who used to polish these didn’t have the faintest idea about what these entry-ways were!    I’ve sent pictures of this to, and have corresponded with, a noted paleontologist.  (The action of the pneumatic diverticulae functions almost like an organism within an organism; it is a very advanced stage in regard to breathing physiology.)

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Allosaurus Vertebra (1) by Thomas Peace c. 2013

Allosaurus Vertebra (1) by Thomas Peace c. 2013

Some close-ups…(please note, in the first of the following photos, the entry-way — the pneumatic fossa, or pneumatic pore — going into the vertabra )…  It’s the “spear-shaped” chamber on the left.  (It would form a convoluted passageway throughout the vert in ways we can’t simply see via a slice-view.)

Allosaurus Vertebra (2) by Thomas Peace c.2013

Allosaurus Vertebra (2) by Thomas Peace c.2013

Allosaurus Vertebra (3) by Thomas Peace c.2013

Allosaurus Vertebra (3) by Thomas Peace c.2013

Allosaurus Vertebra (4) by Thomas Peace c.2013

Allosaurus Vertebra (4) by Thomas Peace c.2013

Allosaurus Vertebra (5) by Thomas Peace c.2013

Allosaurus Vertebra (5) by Thomas Peace c.2013

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[A subsequent post,we’ll have, is: Photos of fossil Troodon Dinosaur (the “intelligent” dinosaur)]

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Highly Recommended:

Cool DVDs of Allosaurus:

You can get these at amazon.com or at ebay:

Allosaurus: A Walking with Dinosaurs Special

Jurassic Fight Club:  Season One

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In order to magically not be like “mostpeople,” one has to stand alone…

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In order to magically not be like “mostpeople,” one has to stand alone… like a single leaf upon a branching tree… (which is not isolation; it is really joyously and steadfastly being connected to the whole).

“Mostpeople” will not deeply understand this.  “Mostpeople” are not able to function via a profundity of  much understanding.  Do what you want… but I’m not interested in going with the masses of “mostpeople”; they all fall away from “being one with the whole.”

Like most of the leaves of a tree in late fall or in winter… “mostpeople” find it very easy to exist separately, apart from the whole.   That is how “mostpeople” cadaverously go about their separate ways.

The “me” is what “mostpeople” are.   “Mostpeople” are what they were taught.   “Mostpeople” readily absorb and become what  they were fabricated to become.     “Mostpeople” are the fear of going beyond what they were merely taught; hence, they fear going  into the truly unknown… into the truly mysterious.  It is easy to become merely what you were (safely) structured to become.  (However, such safety isn’t really safe by any means; it is a “being blown apart from the tree of wholeness and wisdom.”  Such separation is a form of death.)  “Mostpeople” are afraid of standing alone; they are afraid of not fitting in with “the rest of the crowd.”

The “me,” to “mostpeople,” is separate from everyone else.  Each thinks that their “me” is what is essentially separate from “other” people, animals, and plants.”  They think that there is distance from this “me” to “other” life forms and other beings.  The “me,” to “mostpeople,” is separate from the desires and fears that it has.  This “me” (according to “mostpeople”) can run from, try to alter, or subjugate its fears.  The “me,” to “mostpeople,” is separate from the desires that it has.  This “me” (according to “mostpeople”) can chase after, try to alter, or subjugate its desires.  The “me,” to “mostpeople,” is separate from the ideas and thoughts that it has.  This “me” (according to “mostpeople”) can recall, try to alter, or subjugate it ideas and thoughts.

To “mostpeople,” the “me” is a central, regulatory, decision-making presence that is apart from other beings… and is, additionally, apart from its very own thoughts (that “it” has power over).

To the ignorant and unaware, the following may seem a bit intimidating or disquieting… but (in reality) it is not anything to be alarmed about whatsoever.

To one who may, indeed, be of wisdom, there is not much of a “me”.  The wise man goes far beyond what he (or she) was merely taught.  The wise man does not merely become what he was molded, shaped, and programmed to become.

The wise man, to a great extent,  is not separate from everyone else.  He does not feel separate from other people, animals, and plants.  The wise man feels responsibility for all… because there are no “learned,” illusory lines of demarcation separating him from the rest of life.  The wise man understands that he is not merely something separate from his fears.  He lucidly perceives that he and the fears are “one and the same.”  He is not separate from what the fears are.  The wise man understands that he is not merely something separate from his desires.  He lucidly perceives that he and the desires are “one and the same.”  He is not separate from what the desires are.

The wise man does not childishly try to run from, alter, or subjugate his fears…  for he prudently sees that doing so involves primitive, superficial conflict along with a significant waste of time and energy.  The wise man does not childishly try to run after, alter, or subjugate his desires… for he prudently sees that doing so involves primitive, superficial conflict along with a significant waste of time and energy. (This does not mean that he does whatever is desired; that would be foolish!)  The wise man is not — unlike “mostpeople” — afraid of standing alone.

The wise man does not childishly (from something internal, with a distance) try to recall his thoughts… because he discerningly perceives that his thoughts are not separate from what he actually is.  So, in a wise mind, when thoughts are being recalled,  they are recalling themselves; they are doing the recalling… not something somehow magically separate from them that is “getting them to recall.”  Any alteration of thought, by a wise mind, involves thought altering and rearranging itself… not something doing it that is, somehow, separate and distant from thought/thinking.  (Interestingly, despite its close, non-divisive connection to thinking, the sagacious mind, by the way, in its all-pervading wisdom, is not merely confined to the realm of mere thoughts and thinking.)

The wise mind is not what functions with a lot of separation and needless conflict (between what it is and what it is not)… as does “mostpeople.”  This does not mean, of course, that the wise mind will brush your teeth for you (if you can brush them).  It does mean that the wise, holistic mind is not likely to be involved in fragmentary wars, ruthless competitiveness, indifferent unconcern, and uncaring debauchery.  It may be that the wise mind is an awareness that pervades and permeates beyond all small, limited, selfish, immature lines of separation and restriction.  One, major form or type of restriction… involves erroneously thinking that there is distance between you and your thoughts, fears, and perceptions… which, in reality, there is not.  You actually are your thoughts, fears, and perceptions.  Going beyond such restriction is the only true and real freedom and (wholeness)… and it is not, unfortunately, for “mostpeople.”

In order to magically not be like “mostpeople,” one has to stand alone… like a single leaf upon a branching tree… (which is not isolation; it is really joyously and steadfastly being connected to the whole).

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One winter afternoon

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when is becomes if)

a bespangled clown
standing on eighth street
handed me a flower.

Nobody,it’s safe
to say,observed him but

myself;and why?because

without any doubt he was
whatever(first and last)

mostpeople fear most:
a mystery for which i’ve
no word except alive

—that is,completely alert
and miraculously whole;

with not merely a mind and a heart

but unquestionably a soul-
by no means funereally hilarious

(or otherwise democratic)
but essentially poetic
or ethereally serious:

a fine not a coarse clown
(no mob, but a person)

and while never saying a word

who was anything but dumb;
since the silence of him

self sang like a bird.
Mostpeople have been heard
screaming for international

measures that render hell rational
—i thank heaven somebody’s crazy

enough to give me a daisy

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Connected to the Whole... photo by Thomas Peace c.2013

Connected to the Whole… photo by Thomas Peace c.2013

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Photo of 300 Million Year Old Damselfly Fossil that I found…

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Here’s a photo of a 300 million year old fossil of a Damselfly that I found in the Mazon Creek area (of Illinois).  Mazon Creek is world famous for the soft bodied fossils of animals and plants from the Pennsylvanian Period.

The entire piece is a little over 6 inches wide.  The Damselfly is  toward the lower right section, is facing right, with its hind-end abdomen (on the left, tilting down below the wings).  If you look closely at the fossil, under the head to the right, you can see little fossilized legs; these legs were (apparently) kicking at the time when the insect became entrapped in mud or sediment (hence the darker impression under the head from the kicking/struggling).  There are sections with Pennsylvanian foliage, also fossilized on the piece.

I mentioned the fossil in the comment section of Jerry Stolarski’s blog… and he requested that I post a photo of it.  So here it is…

300 Million Year Old Damsel Fly fossil Thomas Peace c. 2013

300 Million Year Old Damsel Fly fossil Thomas Peace c. 2013

Below is a photo of Damselflies in a mating ritual.  Note that, after millions of years of evolution, their abdomens are a lot thinner and streamlined.  Why would that be advantageous?   Well, it could enable them to fly better… and it would prevent their great enemy from getting a lot of extra nourishment… thus keeping their enemy’s population down!

Damsel fly mating ritual Thomas Peace c. 2013

Damsel fly mating ritual Thomas Peace c. 2013

Below:   Their archenemy not getting as much nourishment 300 million years later!   (I’ll post some pics of spiders in 55 million year old Baltic Amber in the future.)

Spider & Damsel fly by Thomas Peace c. 2013

Spider & Damsel fly by Thomas Peace c. 2013

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3D Nature Photographs…

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These are 3D nature photos that I’ve taken; they’re (like my writings) not superficial!  They are best viewed online via the use of a Pokescope 3D Viewer.  One can order these easily online.  Or one can do it by utilizing the “Eye-cross” method.”   I can do it instantly… I’m so accustomed to it.  However, it may be a bit difficult for a “newbie.”  The Pokescope 3D Viewer is better (and it would work best by looking at the pictures while not enlarged).  Viewing the photos on the 3D camera LCD or on a printed 3D lenticular is best.

Here’s how to view (via the Eye-cross method):

First, left click on one of the photos (to enlarge it); you can later return simply by clicking on the left return arrow.

1.Sit around three feet from your computer screen.  Put your fists together about one foot in front of you.

2. Lift your index fingers up and keep them about 2 inches apart (and pointing slightly toward the bottom of the middle of the two pictures).  Still keeping your index fingers mostly pointing up (and two inches apart), cross your eyes and try to produce a steady floating image of a “virtual” finger that is between the two real fingers.

3. Once you get good at making that steady “virtual” finger… take a look at the middle “virtual” image behind it; it will be 3D… and will stay locked in place (and focused) once you get “good at it.”  Enjoy!   (It takes practice!)

Alternate Method:   (You still have to cross your eyes correctly…but it’s more cool, by far…)  Another good way to do it…(that I invented)…  is to make “Fake 3d Glasses” with your own hands; first put your open hands against your face (just outside of each eye, with fingers pointing up… like visors); then cup your index fingers and thumbs together to make “glasses”;  look at the middle 3D image as before.  The palm of your left hand should block your left eye from seeing the left picture (but enable your left eye to see the right picture); the palm of your right hand should block your right eye from seeing the right picture (but enable your right eye to see the left picture).  As you look through your fake human glasses… your palms should be cupping to block the necessary side pictures, while allowing the middle virtual picture to exist exclusively on its own!   Sweet!   😉

Let me know if you were able to do it.  Otherwise, just look at the enlarged (though not as clear) pictures in 2D.   Some people are better at it than others; it takes practice!

My 3d camera shows 3d images on its LCD screen (without needing 3d glasses), which is really cool.  It’s a Fujifilm  FinePix Real 3D  W3.    One can order 5×7 inch permanent 3D pictures, of photos that one has taken, that one can view (without the need for 3D glasses or needing to do the 3D method described above); the 5x7s are made with special lenticular coatings (to make them easily seen in 3D).

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3D Dandelion and Bee photo by Thomas Peace c. 2013

3D Dandelion and Bee photo by Thomas Peace c. 2013

Ladybug photo by Thomas Peace c. 2013

Ladybug photo by Thomas Peace c. 2013

Bee's Friend, Man's Enemy by Thomas Peace c.2013

Bee’s Friend, Man’s Enemy by Thomas Peace c.2013

Fledglings by Thomas Peace c.2013

Fledglings by Thomas Peace c.2013

Jiminy Cricket by Thomas Peace c.2013

Jiminy Cricket by Thomas Peace c.2013

Lacewing by Thomas Peace c.2013

Lacewing by Thomas Peace c.2013

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What I think about Gay people…

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Not to stereotype… but the following is what I think about Gay people.

First off, let me inform you that I am completely “straight.”  I am male and I have a female wife.  I have always been straight… and I’m sure I’ll happily remain that way.

I’ve had tropical fish and parrots, as pets, for many years.  Years ago, I met someone who shared his home with many parrots.  He had a lot of breeding pairs — really cared for his many bird-friends — and was really fond of animals of all types.  He was a real lover of nature.  He went by the name of Buddy.  Buddy became one of my very best of friends.  As time went by, I learned that Buddy was gay.  He, in all the long time that I knew him, never tried to touch me inappropriately or in any sexual kind of way.  We hung out a lot together… and often talked about different kinds of animals and creatures; nature and wildlife was our real passion.

Buddy once confided, to me, about how difficult it was for his family (i.e., his parents and siblings) about accepting his “gayness.”  He, additionally, once said to me, “Who would ever choose to be gay?”  He said that nobody would choose to be different like that; that it was something that just “happens” (like biologically/physiologically).  I agreed with him; felt empathy for him; and continued to accept him as a true and splendid friend.

Unfortunately, Buddy did not see himself as positively as I did.  He was raised Roman Catholic and attended church on a weekly basis.  Buddy told me that what he was doing was a “sin”… and that, in a way, he was “wrong” and “evil.”  Following being told things like that from Buddy, I occasionally would tell him that what he was… was not in any way sinful, or wrong, or evil.  However, just like oodles of others, Buddy was ingrained by a traditional, doctrine-oriented, obsolete system run by antiquated, old-fogeyish men.  My words fell on deaf ears.  To his mind, I was no longer a “believer.”   So my words carried little weight.

Once, we went together (to a distant large town) to a huge convention —  with many people attending — on parrots.  Buddy invited me to stay overnight at his friend’s house (while we were there).  He assured me that there would be no interference with my privacy.  I agreed, and — though I  had a room all to myself, with the door closed — I just could not sleep that night.  Something, deep down and rather unconscious, would not let me sleep.  Nothing happened that night, of course, and I could have slept just fine.  I’m sure that Buddy had a great time with his friend.  (My lack of sleep was something to laugh about the next day.)  At the large (all day) convention, which was about parrots, they served “grouse” for lunch; each plate had a whole bird sitting there in front of each in attendance…(except, fortunately, for me… I’m a vegetarian)!  That meal was ludicrous!  Who planned that, one wonders!  We laughed about it all the way home!  🙂

Ever since I was a young child, I’ve had tropical fish.  Angel fish, which I’ve occasionally gotten eggs and babies from, mate for life.  Once in a while, I noticed, two males or two females would become mates.  These fish were not “swayed” by deviant other fish who “taught them deviant ways”!  It was just some biological/physiological phenomenon that naturally happened now and then.  (Like it or not, we, all land-dwelling vertebrates, evolved from fish… fish like Osteolepis.)

One day, they found Buddy dead in his back yard. This, by the way, happened years ago.  It was a heart related cause of death.  One wonders if stress played a role in his untimely demise.  If he had more acceptance, from others, about his “condition that wasn’t a condition”… maybe he would have lived a lot longer and a lot happier.

I am so glad that I still am not a follower of those old-fogeyish men with their pointed, fancy caps and their fancy robes and buildings.  I am glad that I was supportive of Buddy… and that I often said positive things about his lifestyle (that he didn’t choose).

One of my sister-in-laws is gay.  She is married to another woman.  My wife’s family, at first, had a bit of a difficult time with it.  But now they are very accepting and understanding about it.  I, from the get-go, did not have any problem with it; to me, at the time, the difficulty that others were having about it seemed to be rather nonsensical and silly.  That sister-in-law — I have six others — happens to be one of my very favorite within the family.  She and her awesome spouse now have two wonderful children (by way of a sperm bank for the deposit).  They are the most splendid of parents… always fussing over their kids and taking them all over for learning and educational purposes.  You couldn’t find better parents!  Not only are they great parents, but they are kind, happy, considerate, warm human beings.  They are both teachers… and people in their community love them!

At the family Christmas party, a few days ago, (we had one of those later parties), I overheard one of the other sister-in-law’s kids say to the girl of the twins, “Why don’t you have a father like the rest of us do?  Isn’t that very odd?”  She said it in a kind of half mocking, half despising way.  I plan on asking my gay sister-in-law for permission to briefly talk to her two children about their parents.  I want to tell them that my so-called normal parents were often very cruel and uncaring.  My mother often asked me (as a child) to talk her out of suicide and my father was psychologically and physically abusive.  I used to fear for my life (while living at home as a young child).  I would like to tell my “favorite sister-in-law’s” children just how amazingly lucky they are… and how they need not ever be embarrassed or ashamed.  Many (far too many) so-called “normal” parents leave a lot to be desired!

Some final comments:  There is one thing that I do disapprove of.  It is those authoritative, dictatorial, hierarchical, orthodox, old men with the pointy hats having their way with little children, while the system tidily covers things up.  They are the ones that are truly the danger.

Walt Whitman, one of the most sagacious of poets — and I have some of his insightful, witty poems within my book — was probably gay (as indicated by many biographers).  He was no follower of any rigid, antiquated system; he walked robustly and solidly… content and more than pleased with himself!

[from Walt Whitman:

Do you suppose you have a right to a good sight, and he or she has no right to a sight?   Do you think matter has cohered together from its diffuse float, and the soil is on the surface, and water runs and vegetation sprouts, for you only, and not for him and her?]

The following bird is beautiful… but its beauty can never approach the deep beauty of someone who, without harming others, has profound and wise acceptance for the way he or she really (intrinsically) is.

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Photo below… by Thomas Peace (Left click on the photo to see it enlarged; left click on the “middle” of it again if you wish to enlarge it more; hit left return-arrows, once or twice, to return.)

Photo of Scarlet by Thomas Peace c.2013

Photo of Scarlet by Thomas Peace c.2013

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Beyond the superficiality of apathy…

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Beyond superficiality of the mind… may exist the profound depth of insightful, direct, compassionate perception.  Perception that is not (often) compassionate is the kind that is not (often) the result of keen and profound awareness or insight.  Such perception — without compassion — is often rather callous, machine-like, indifferent, limited, and therefore, superficial.  In order to be indifferent, apathetic, and unconcerned about the feelings and well-being of others, one must be psychologically bound in a limited, constrained, and fixed  frame of mind.  Such a frame of mind is little and small… because its concern involves only one little square within the entire chess-board… not the entire field.  One does not care much about what happens to others… because, for one thing, one is likely to be concentrating almost entirely on oneself (as what is important).

All limited fields, including the limited field of merely concentrating on oneself, must be curbed by narrow, fixed demarcations.  Such demarcations and boundaries often are not fluid; they are not dynamic, nor are they all-encompassing.  What is heavily bounded often does not have a lot of depth.  Not to be judgmental, but there are all too many people who are quite content to remain fixed in limited fields of concern, having little regard for the well-being of the whole (i.e., well-being of the earth’s many life forms).  Being separated from others involves fragmentation… a fissure and a disjunction  from them.  This separation can be learned (such as via barbaric educational or primitive parenting practices) or it can be the result of certain biological qualities of the brain (as a result of biological/genetic inheritance or by cerebral chemical malfunctioning).

Some very social animals, such as monkeys and higher apes, tend to (at times) be rather compassionate (to a limited extent) to members of their own group or pack.  This sharing within the group tends to benefit members within the group, and it extends order and mutual survival for all.  Even some insects (such as ants) engage in instinctual sharing and group consciousness; they even create ladders (constructed out of many of themselves, as bodies clinging to bodies) so that other members can transversely move across difficult crevasses/chasms.  Bonobo  chimpanzees, a subspecies of chimps, have a brain anatomy that is significantly more developed, with larger regions assumed to be associated with the process of feeling empathy; they easily sense distress in others, and “feel their anxiety,” which makes them less aggressive and more empathic than their close relatives (i.e., the regular chimps and some of us humans). Bonobos have a thick connection between the amygdala, an neural area that can spark aggression, and the ventral anterior cingulate cortex, which helps control impulses. This thicker connection enables them to better regulate their emotional impulses, and to get a better grip on their behavior. I love how Bonobos are so full of empathy for other animals.  One, for example, lovingly held an injured bird and kept it warm, until it was able to fly over the enclosure fence.

For us humans, to be shaped (mentally) by the edicts of society allows only for a very limited depth of insight and true compassion.  Although there is sharing… society, currently, incorporates a lot of separative, competitive, and rigid views.  Dynamically transcending these views may be necessary for a profound depth of insight, and for real compassion, to manifest.  Society, currently, often deeply admires the man who is very financially successful, competitive, and dominant over others; such success often involves a rather ruthless, cutthroat, and machine-like mode of affairs.  Real compassion crashes through the superficial perspectives (of normalcy) and intelligently goes where recognition and awards are of little value and meaning.  The immature need to be “recognized”; the need to be given “awards”… involves ostensibly concentrating on a little, limited, fixed self.

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Photo below… by Thomas Peace (Left click on the photo and scroll down to see it enlarged; left click on the “middle” of it again to enlarge it more; hit left return-arrows, twice, to return.)

Lily with Ant photo by Thomas Peace c.2013

Lily with Ant photo by Thomas Peace c.2013

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On looking at life anew…

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Life involves much more than having many symbols (i.e., thoughts) about it.  Many of us go through life looking at everything through a screen of symbols and images.  We recognize things merely via these symbols and images (that we were taught).  To look freshly — without all of these blasé, worn-out images — is to really live.  Otherwise, one is merely looking through (and with) the old, dead known.  Direct, youthful observation only takes place without the contaminated past interfering.  Such observation is, in itself, alive and free.

Structured and “learned” observation is never really of freedom; it is never implicitly free.  Many merely look via the ways and modes that they were “taught” to look.  Little wonder, then, why so many become bored, weary, melancholy, and depressed.  They are not looking with what is joyous, fresh, alive, and spontaneous; they are looking with what is old, stored, categorized, and of the past.  The beauty of existence and life is in its spontaneity and “nowness”… not in a remembrance of what “was before.”  Go beyond what all the pundits have taught you.  Go beyond what you stored and accumulated.  Leave the dead past and perceive freshly in the “now.”

The next time you see the beauty of an animal, or a face, (or a tree)… please do not merely look at it via labels, classified-learned patterns, formulated systems, and antiquated memories.  Please do not merely look with a lot of that “learned space” that exists between the perceiver and what is being perceived.  Without all that baggage, maybe (if you’re lucky) you’ll actually be in relationship with what is observed.

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“Beyond Labels”…   pic by Thomas Peace (Left click on the photo and scroll down to see it enlarged; left click on the “middle” of it again to enlarge it more; hit left return-arrows, twice, to return.)

"Beyond Labels" photo by Thomas Peace

“Beyond Labels” photo by Thomas Peace