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Taoist Woodcarver

Taoist Woodcarver

By Chauang Tzu Khing, the master carver, made a bell stand Of precious wood. When it was finished, all who saw it were astounded. They said it must be The work of spirits. The Prince of Lu said to the master carver: “What is your secret?” Khing replied: “I am only a workman: I have no secret. There is only this: “When I began to think about the work you commanded, I guarded... [Read more]

The Fall

The Fall

By Michael Wright They had spent the past day and a half climbing to the top of the rugged, mountainous range, but it had been worth very agonizing step. Atop of the plateau where the earth kissed the heavens, they were astonished by the breathtaking view shaped by the weathered hands of mother earth. Captivated by this majestic view, one of them peered out and over the edge, to get a better view... [Read more]

The Pump

The Pump

By Michael Wright Seeking the wealth of gold that the Nevada hills promised, a man packed all his possessions and headed for the possibilities. His preparation, taking longer than he’d thought, had caused him to miss leaving with the others and the wagons in the train. Figuring that the west was “that way” (how could he miss it?) he struck off on his own. It wasn’t long before it was apparent... [Read more]

A Letter to the Obama Generation

A Letter to the Obama Generation

By Ronnie Galvin (AP Photo/Chris Carlson) Dear Obama Generation: People will be tempted to confine us to an age group—a cohort marked by young hip-hop-facebook-myspace-youtube-twitter-handheld-blogoshpere-instant message mania. Yes, we are that and so much more. [Read more]  Read More →

The Tale of the Gardener: Spoiling Your Gifts

The Tale of the Gardener: Spoiling Your Gifts

By Michael Wright There is the story told of a man who was a renowned gardener. Known throughout the land for the size, quality and taste of his vegetables, he spent many hours tilling and enriching his soil with organic compost and minerals in secret combinations that yielded the gems of the earth. He would meticulously pick off the beetles, grubs and other minuscule intruders that might diminish... [Read more]