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Establish value in orderly, direct perception… not in limited patterns of…

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Establish value in orderly, direct perception… not in limited patterns of the standard,  (rather mediocre) norm.

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[This insect is an adult Green Stink Bug.  They can, when disturbed,  emit copious amounts of foul-smelling fluid.  Both adults and nymphs (a nymph was photographed not long ago) possess large stink glands on the undersurface, opening through conspicuous slits.]

Watching me!  Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

Watching me! Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

 

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Peace among friends…

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Nonviolence, like love and  true meditation, is not a mere practice.  One can’t practice what is alive, heartfelt, and beyond gross methodology.

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[Male Eastern Tailed-Blue Butterfly with a flying visitor.  These butterflies have approximately a one inch wingspan.  These butterflies often feed on seeds and flowers of a wide variety of plants in the pea family, including clovers, beans, and wild peas.]

Peaceful friends.  Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

Peaceful friends. Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

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A great ride is a healthy ride…

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Many of us take immaculate care of our overly fancy cars — filling them with top quality fuels and oils — while we guzzle sugar, starch, wine, and fatty foods like there’s no tomorrow.  We must change! 

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[Many flowers -- like this one -- are superb and healthy places for insects to get needed nourishment; there's plenty of protein and vitamins from pollen and energy from nectar; plus the view, while eating, is often spectacular! (They don't have to put flowers on their dining tables!)]

A beautiful and healthy place to eat!  Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

A beautiful and healthy place to eat! Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

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In a rotten society, don’t be a mere pawn; act beyond the rigidity, the…

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In a rotten society, don’t be a mere pawn; act beyond the rigidity, the cold indifference, and beyond the crass mediocrity.

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[This caterpillar is a Salt Marsh Moth Caterpillar.  Although they are decidedly hairy, the hairs are not as dense or as stiff as those found in Woollybear larvae.The farmers in the area will tell you what all that extra fuzziness means... it means we are in for a terrible and harsh winter!  Prepare! ;) ]

Get ready for a long, harsh winter!  ;)  Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

Get ready for a long, harsh winter! ;) Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

 

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It’s easy to belong to a group, a gang, or a herd; but to stand alone and…

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It’s easy to belong to a group, a gang, or a herd; but to stand alone and think and feel for yourself is arduous!

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[This is, of course, a Praying Mantis; it is a Chinese Mantid.   I will often, when I find them, pick them up and let them climb on my hands. At first, they bite viciously and don't like it; but most, after around a minute or so, tame down and don't want to leave your hand; apparently, it's too much fun for them... the equivalent of a carnival ride or something!  They love traveling from hand to hand on your fingers!  At least that's how they behave around here.   I only encountered one that persistently didn't want anything to do with me.  Their long front "arms" are used as spike-vices to capture and subdue prey.  Often, they will "sway" back and forth with their entire body before striking something, simulating a twig or branch in the breeze!  They actively hunt or - often - they simply wait for something to come along.  (Alien-like for sure!)]

There are aliens among us!  Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

There are aliens among us! Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

 

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The keyhole to unlocking life’s mysteries and wisdom’s treasures lies in…

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The keyhole to unlocking life’s mysteries and wisdom’s treasures lies in silent awareness and magnanimous existence.  Love is the key.

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[These are dwarf tropical catfish of the species known as Corydoras trilineatus.   (In Latin, Corydoras means helmeted, and trilineatus means three-striped or three-lined.)  They only get around an inch and a half long.  These are one of the species of dwarf catfish that I keep as pets and that I occasionally get babies from.  All Corydoras species are extremely peaceful and non-combative.  Each species has a tank all to themselves.  I really like the patterns that this particular species has, once mature.]

Small bottom dwellers.  Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

Small bottom dwellers. Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

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One can look young on the outside and be stale and old on the inside. One can be young on the inside and…

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One can look young on the outside and be stale and old on the inside.  One can be young on the inside and appear elderly on the outside.

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[This is an Acorn Weevil.  They use their long snouts to drill and burrow into acorns.  This one was photographed adjacent to a large oak tree.  The adult female weevil bores a tiny hole in the immature acorn to lay her eggs, which then hatch into legless grubs. In the fall, the grubs bore holes through the shells from the inside to emerge into the soil where they may live for a year or two before maturing into adults.  So these insects are frequently boring... like a lot of politicians these days!]

Boring like our politicians!  Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

Boring like our politicians! Photo by Thomas Peace 2014