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The most common and familiar words


"Now, all words are pegs to hang ideas on; and as a wooden peg in the hall, on which the father and the grandfather were accustomed to hang the coat and the hat, is to the child's eye more beautiful than the most exquisite picture that could be hung on the wall, so the most common and familiar words are more powerful than any abstract and arbitrary ones." from Freedom and War, Discourses by Henry Ward Beecher

What words tell the story of you and your family?

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Anam Cara, a Modern Prayer Flag


In his book Anam Cara, the Irish writer John O’Donohue writes: “The Celtic understanding of friendship finds its inspiration and culmination in the sublime notion of the anam cara. ‘Anam’ is the Gaelic word for soul; ‘cara’ is the word for friend. So ‘anam cara’ means soul friend. ... When you had an anam cara, your friendship cut across all convention and category. You were joined in an ancient and eternal way with the friend of your soul.”

"One's friends are that part of the human race with which one can be human." [George Santayana]

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Enough, a Modern Prayer Flag


Enough. Sufficient. Full. I don’t need great quantities of anything. I just need enough. The marketing forces today try to make us think that we always need more and better and greater amounts. But don’t we just need enough? Enough is as good as a feast. I wish it for us all -- enough.

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