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(Multi-photo)*** I’d rather be emaciated physically, than starved of…

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I’d rather be emaciated physically, than starved of real insight and compassion.

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[These are Fairy Mushrooms in a rural yard.  They were growing in a large ring... and were rather large relative to other mushrooms in our area.  Note how the two photographed are fused together as one... a true marriage bond! (Actually, clusters of mushrooms are the fruiting bodies of one larger organism down below in the soil; so they truly are one!)]

Home grown. Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

Home grown. Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

Home grown (2). Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

Home grown (2). Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

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The treasure chest of one’s mind — if one is not very careful — can merely be filled with…

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The treasure chest of one’s mind — if one is not very careful — can merely be filled with others’ junk!

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[This spider is a Long-jawed Orbweaver.  Long-jawed Orbweavers are excellent web builders.  Their carapaces are elongated.  As in many spiders, the males are smaller than females.]

Orbweaver Spider doing its thing!  Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

Orbweaver Spider doing its thing! Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

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Don’t just see others as being tarnished (apart from yourself)…

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What separates your face from your hands is what separates you from others.

Nothing!

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[The two larger insects are Tarnished Bugs.  These insects remain active from spring through fall.  Tarnished Bugs extract juices from the leaves, young stems, flowers, and fruits of more than 200 plant species. They are small insects, around a quarter of an inch long.]

Not tarnished in my eyes!  Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

Not tarnished in my eyes! Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

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The fire of felicity, intense happiness, radiates from within.

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The fire of felicity, intense happiness, radiates from within.

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[This Jumping Spider is, specifically, a Daring Jumping Spider. The chelicerae (the part containing the fangs) are a flamboyant metallic green and this is an excellent way to identify this particular jumping spider.  These spiders like sunshine and do their hunting during the day. They jump from leaf to leaf with great dexterity and accurately (because of all those splendid stereoscopic eyes) leap on their prey and often eat other spiders as well as insects.  They are totally harmless to human beings... and are beneficial, as they eat harmful insect pests.  To me, they seem intelligent (considering their size) and rather cute!]

A handsome jumper. Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

A handsome jumper. Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

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Though everything has marginal boundaries and borders…

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Though everything has marginal boundaries and borders… see everything as “all one” unbroken whole!

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[A Dingy Cutworm Moth and a Ladybug (and other small insects) on a Wild Sunflower plant.  Dingy Cutworm Moths are considered pests to crops, such as soybeans, while Ladybugs eat smaller insect pests, such as aphids, and are very beneficial.]

The Lady and the Tramp. Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

The Lady and the Tramp. Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

 

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It is likely that the mind cannot fully go beyond nightly anxieties about the future if…

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It is likely that the mind cannot fully go beyond nightly anxieties about the future if it continues to feel that it is something separate from what they are.

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[A diminutive fly of the order Diptera resting on a very small, rain-laden Viola flower.  Viola flowers tend to attract many small insects, while larger insects ignore them completely.]

Rain dodger! Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

Rain dodger! Photo by Thomas Peace 2014