There’s so much fog lately, especially around my house in the country, that it’s almost eerie even during the day. I decided to snap some pictures just a few minutes ago, to see how they would turn out, and let’s just say, Slender Man could be hanging around my property. I better not go looking for some random letters on trees!
So it seems that I’ve been extremely busy lately, and haven’t been able to grab a minute to update everyone and spread some happiness. To make up for that, I will be starting a new section, or category, of my blog that will just be quick photo and video posts. Hopefully by doing this,I can at least keep my blog alive, keep all of you interested, and share some beautiful photos in this time of change in seasons.
To start, I am posting these photos of the colour change in the trees across the road from me. Enjoy :)
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In the beginning, on the very first day of the Romney presidency, He tore asunder Obamacare, smiting it silly, keeping just the popular parts and banishing the unpopular parts to a nether world. And He looked at health care and said: “This is good.”
On the second day, He summoned forth from near and far His Job Creators and said unto them create jobs. And lo! they created 10 million jobs. And He looked at those jobs and said: “This is good.”
On the third day, He created a foreign policy and spread it throughout the world. It was forceful, confounding our enemies, putting fear in their hearts, and bringing our friends to bow down before us with love in their hearts. And he looked at foreign policy and said: “This is good.”
On the fourth day, He balanced the budget by cutting taxes, and the people said it is…
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A woman buries a treasure in a deep pit, thinking: “It will be useful in time of need, or if the king is displeased with me, or if I am robbed or fall into debt, or if food is scarce, or bad luck befalls me.”
But all this treasure may not profit the owner at all, for she may forget where she had hidden it, or goblins may steal it, or her enemies or even her kinsmen may take it when she is careless.
But by charity, goodness, restraint, and self-control man and woman alike can store up a well-hidden treasure–a treasure which cannot be given to others and which robbers cannot steal. A wise person should do good–that is the treasure which will not leave one.
Pakati said, “O monk, I am too humbly born to give you water to drink. Do not ask any service of me lest your holiness be contaminated, for I am of low caste.”
And Ananda replied, “I ask not for caste but for water;” and the woman’s heart leaped joyfully and she gave Ananda water to drink.
Ananda thanked her and went away; but she followed him at a distance.
Having heard that Ananda was a disciple of the Buddha, the woman went to the Blessed One and said, “O Lord, help me and let me live in the place where your disciple Ananda dwells, so that I may see him and minister unto him, for I love Ananda.”
And the Blessed One understood the emotions of her heart and he said, “Pakati, your heart is full of love, but you do not understand your own sentiments. It is not Ananda the you love, but his kindness. Accept,m then, the kindness you have seen him practice toward you and practice it toward others.
“Pakati, though you are born low caste, you will be a model for noblemen and noblewomen. Swerve not from the path of justice and righteousness and you will outshine the royal glory of queens and kings.”
“None of the means employed to acquire religious merit, O monks, has a sixteenth part of the value of loving-kindness. Loving-kindness, which is freedom of heart, absorbs them all; it glows, it shines, it blazes forth.
“And in the same way, O monks, as the light of all the stars has not a sixteenth part of the value of the moonlight, but the moonlight absorbs it and glows and shines and blazes forth: in the same way, O monks, none of the means employed to acquire religious merit has a sixteenth part of the value of loving-kindness. Loving-kindness, which is freedom of the heart, absorbs them; it glows, it shines, it blazes forth.
“And in the same way, O monks, as at the end of the rainy season, the sun, rising into the clear and cloudless sky, banishes all the dark spaces and glows and shines and blazes forth: in the same way again, as at night’s end the morning star glows and shines and blazes forth: so, O monks, none of the means employed to acquire religious merit has a sixteenth part of the value of loving-kindness. Loving-kindness, which is freedom of the heart, absorbs them: it glows, it shines, it blazes forth.”