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A Lot Of Valuable Pixils: Because...You Asked For It

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Posted by Michael W. Pearson on October 17, 2002 22:42:47 UTC

And while we're waiting for that valuable torrent of knowledge, here is some material which may prove healthful.

(fanfare)
Poetry by Jane Goodall:

REASON FOR HOPE
"Only They Can Whisper Songs of Hope"
The world has need of them, those who stand upon the Bridge.
Who know the pain in the singing of a bird
And the Beauty beyond a flower dying:
Who have heard the crystal harmony
Within the silence of a snow-peaked mountain--
For who but they can bring life's meaning
To the living dead?

(skipping to last verse for brevity only);
Oh, let them not desert us, those on the Bridge,
Those who have known Love in the freedom
Of the night sky and know the meaning
Of the moon's existence beyond
Man's fumbling footsteps into space.
For they know the Eternal Power
That encompasses life's beginnings
And gathers up its endings,
And lays them, like Joseph's coat
On the never changing, always moving canvas
That stretches beyond the Universe
And is contained in the eye
Of a little frog.

(excerpt of a poem by Jane Goodall,
found in her book,
REASON FOR HOPE)

Some of my own material follows, then someone else's:
Humor: Instant Tunnel Vision lets you filter the world! Block out Distractions! Focus as Never Before! Observe the passing of time as you gaze into the future ! Examine documents at arm's length ! (1990) Buy it!

Humorous Sci-Fi: Thousands of creatures jammed the Y River Gopher Meadow and Conbention Center Tuesday to form a new political party which will
oppose Mankind in its bid for reelection as
Controller of Earth's Resources and the Highest
Form of Life on that planet. Delegates
representing the various phyla of the Animal
Kingdom and plants native to the area took part
in the convention, held within a few ridges of
the Continental Divide in Montana's Rocky Mountains. (1974)

Mental Health: I enjoy life and I'm glad to be
here. I like to stay healthy and feeling good
I am choosing to express myself in ways which
are creative, holy, powerful, realistic and optimistic. I'm good enough; I'm smart enough;
and doggone it -- people like me !
(based on or quoted from Shad Helmstetter's book,
"What to say when you talk to yourself"
and Jack Handy's "Deep Thoughts")

Math in Biology: Each cubic inch of the cerebral
cortex probably contains more than 10,000 miles
of nerve fibers, if they were laid end-to end.
(quoted from a neuroscience book)

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