a little bit of insight into how
and why this site came to be.
|I used to have some biographical information on the
site, but the more I thought about it, the more I thought that
content was the most important, that the focus of the site should
be on material that inspires or motivates or helps one to see
things in a new light rather than on personal information.
As time goes on, though, I also have started to think about the
sense of community that this site promotes, the idea that we all
are connected in this world and we need each other if we're to
pass our lives here in a positive way. In a way, I've
violated that sense of community by taking down the biographical
information--not on purpose, of course, and not in any major sort
of way, but still in a very real way.
We strive to use all
original photos. I took this shot
a couple of blocks from our house when we lived in New Hampshire.
The kids must be in high school by now!
|The fact is, I believe, that it's easy to share of
stuff that's our own, but not of ourselves. It's very odd,
but very true.
|That said, I'll tell you that I started this site
some thirteen years ago because I felt that it was important that
there be somewhere on the web that people could go to for
encouragement and inspiration, a place that's creative and
attractive as well as full of material. I've spent lots of
time searching the 'net for backgrounds that are peaceful,
artistic, and pleasing to the eye. I choose quotations on
the basis of their potential relevance and depth, and since I
started the site, I've seen my collection of books of quotations
and other inspiring material grow dramatically.
This site is important to me because I know that
this material has worked to pull me out of depression, feelings of
anxiety and hopelessness, and feelings of being completely alone
in the world. I don't need to go into details about my
childhood, but so many of the behaviors and thought patterns that
I developed then were destructive to me, and I continued to allow
them to grow as an adult. Reading this material is a way for
me to counter those tendencies. Much of the concept has
grown out of a writing course that I taught for several years at
St. Anselm College entitled Carpe Diem, in which we explored the
concept of what life was all about through literature.
For me, this type of reading is my
meditation. It's my way of reminding myself that the world
is a positive place, and that we ALL have a place of value in
it. I'm a pretty independent person by nature, and I just
don't feel comfortable in many social settings (especially those
that are staged or "required fun"), so it's important to
me to have a refuge for my mind, a place where my thoughts can
refocus and grow stronger.
With these pages, we hope to create an area on the
worldwide web where people can come for inspiration,
encouragement, hope, and peace, or just to feel
positive about life. In a world with news and
entertainment media that tend to focus on the
violent and the abnormal, we hope to remind people
that life is, indeed, beautiful, and that we are
constantly surrounded by wonderful people who do
mostly good in their lives; unfortunately, we don't
always recognize these people for who they are.
We hope to be always within the realms
of copyright law concerning fair use and public
domain. We will never present non-original
material as original, and any use of any quotations
will be intended to present the author in a positive
light insofar as she or he is focusing on the
positive aspects of being human.
We realize that many people object to
the use of the pronoun "he" in generic
fashion, and we've tried to eliminate this archaic
use when possible, as long as the change doesn't
modify the original meaning or intent of a
particular quotation. This isn't an attempt to
be politically correct--it's an effort to recognize
and show our appreciation for the many wonderful
contributions to our lives made by many gifted
currently live in Idaho with my wife, Terry. Her
two daughters and her son have all graduated from high school; her
son is in the Army and is stationed in Virginia; one of the daughters is in
Montana, and the other daughter is
married in NH. Terry and I have
been married for fourteen years, and we lived in New Hampshire for
eight of those. I grew up mainly in San Diego and Arizona (my father was in
the military), and I've also lived in Virginia, Illinois,
Colorado, Spain, and Germany. Until a few years ago I taught
at a college that
admits exclusively students with Learning Disabilities, so I've
learned a lot about the effects that we can have when we treat
people differently because they learn or think in different ways
that aren't effective in our "standard" school systems.
Now I teach high school.
want this site to be a reminder to all who visit that each one of
us is a beautiful, unique, valuable member of humanity and of the
earth, and we all need to be here for things to work. I want
to make available to people the messages of value and worth
because we all are worth it, and the better we take care of
ourselves, especially mentally and emotionally, the more positive
effects we can have on others, and they can then spread the
positiveness (I know--it's not really a word!) to others. . . .
thank you for your visit, and I wish you all the best in
life. If you have any comments on the site, please feel free
to drop me a line at info
Take good care, and enjoy your visit!