Oneness With the Universe

“The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness, with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize that at the center of the universe dwells Wakan-Tanka and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us.”

~ Black Elk

Nicholas Black Elk (1863-1950) was a Native American Sioux medicine man and warrior who lived in what is now South Dakota. Through an interpreter, Black Elk related his life story, his great vision, and details about his Native culture to John Niehardt. “Black Elk Speaks” was published by Niehardt in 1932 and has become an important source for understanding Native American culture. Continue reading “Oneness With the Universe”

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21. Papa Jethro Continues His Story #RRBC

The next day, JoJo creeps into his grandfather’s reading room only to find him fast asleep in his chair. The boy stands still in front of his beloved Papa and gazes at his peaceful face. Very carefully, Jojo climbs into his Papa’s lap only to find him wide awake and grinning.

“Did I wake you, Papa? Are you mad at me? Can I hear more of that story? Please?” Continue reading “21. Papa Jethro Continues His Story #RRBC”

20. Papa Jethro Tells A Story #RRBC

Director Jethro Hodge is back aboard the colonizer ship orbiting Genesis for a brief three-day respite from the intense construction of the capital city area. His return has a dual purpose of attending meetings with High Chancellor Hayes and ArcGeneral Hastings as well as to celebrate his wife’s birthday with his young grandson. Hodge was summoned to give private testimony about the school science trip that had unfortunately triggered the criminal acts perpetrated upon Marines and civilians aboard ship by Crusader officers and soldiers. Hodge has just returned to the peace and tranquility of his home and is relaxing in his study.

 

Joachim Hodge bounds into his grandfather’s cozy reading room to find its owner sitting in his favorite chair, absorbed in an old-fashioned book. Hearing the boy’s running steps, the silver-haired family patriarch drops the book in his lap just in time to reach out, catch his airborne five-year-old, and set him upon his book. Continue reading “20. Papa Jethro Tells A Story #RRBC”

IF YOU LOVE ME… #RRBC

“Love is always bestowed as a gift – freely, willingly and without expectation. We don’t love to be loved; we love to love.”

~ Leo Buscaglia

We have arrived at that gift-giving and receiving time of year – ushered in with spectacular fanfare by the incredible blast of the commercial horn called “Black Friday”. As we take deep breaths, and summon our courage, we set out to seek the elusive mall parking space, run the gauntlet of throngs of shoppers and search futilely for a harried salesperson to assist us. Or, we can go forth into cyberspace and explore strange new markets, seek out new products and exotic bargains; to boldly go where no consumer has gone before. Continue reading “IF YOU LOVE ME… #RRBC”

IS THE SKY THE LIMIT? #RRBC

“Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations.”

~ Mae Jemison

Mae Jemison (1956 – Present) is the first African-American female astronaut to fly into space in 1992 aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavor who also appeared in a Star Trek episode of The Next Generation series in 1993, one year after Jemison left active duty at NASA. Before her years with NASA, she spent two years with the Peace Corps. Jemison holds nine honorary doctorate degrees, is a dancer and has written several books. Since retiring from NASA, she founded a company which researches the application of technology to daily life. Continue reading “IS THE SKY THE LIMIT? #RRBC”

FAMILY IS TO DIE FOR! #RRBC

“Some people, though related by blood, are as sworn enemies. Others, bound only by friendship, would die for one another.”

~ Beem Weeks

Author, Beem Weeks writes short stories and novels and is an ‘Indie’ – an independent, self-published writer. He serves close to 400 members of the international literary community, Rave Reviews Book Club, as a member of the Governing Board. Most importantly, he is a deep thinker and generous to a fault. His published works include Jazz Baby and Slivers of Life. Continue reading “FAMILY IS TO DIE FOR! #RRBC”

19. Tragedy & Justice #RRBC

Previously, High Chancellor Hayes met privately with his Crusader Commanding Officer, Shappa Durant, to discuss ArcGeneral’s plea for justice. He sought a remedy for the heinous crimes committed against two Marines and civilian family members of the first Marine. The alternative would be an armed conflict between enraged Navy Marines and Crusader soldiers. It was deemed a no-win scenario. Hayes informed his Shappa that they would put the accused Crusaders on trial.

The following day, Commandant Kingsley and ArcLieutenant-General Romano led every unit of the Marine Corps, transported to the surface of Genesis, deep into the jungle. They arrived at a large clearing, beside a river bank, where the Marines were ordered to seat themselves on the ground facing the river. Kingsley, Romano, and a few other officers stood before them. Continue reading “19. Tragedy & Justice #RRBC”