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Recommended link: The Science of Near-Death Experiences

Everybody Means Something


I have embarked on sequences of new posts whichexamineanumberofideasfrombooksIhaverecently read.  These ideas relate to our understanding of reality, to where our society is heading and to what we as individuals might be able to do about that. I will be posting links to related topics as and when I find them as this sequence of posts unfolds.

Below is an extract from an excellent article by Gideon Lichfield summarising the current state of research on NDEs: it manages, in a balanced dispassionate way, to express the author’s scepticism without offending those who believe in an afterlife. I will be re-posting my article on Pim van Lommel’s work from tomorrow. For Lichfield’s full post see link

Near-death experiences have gotten a lot of attention lately. The 2014 movie Heaven Is for Real, about a young boy who told his…

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Learning to Fly

Everybody Means Something

I have embarked on sequences of new posts whichexamineanumberofideasfrombooksIhaverecently read. These ideas relate to where our society is heading and what we as individuals might be able to do about that. I decided that I also needed to republish other posts from the past that related in some way to that basic theme. This includes poems such as the one below.

Learning to Fly v3 For source of image see link

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And each duly sets

the Book of Pain

The poem rose late, full into the winter night.
I, going home, was amazed at the little puffs
of vapor I pushed out into the silvery sheen:
the crunch of the snow, the bite of the air,
the swishing of wither I went.
There’s no rhyme to that, I thought,
retreating further into my coat,
pulling the night in close around me,
but there was.


Thank you for reading And each duly sets. I sincerely hope you have enjoyed it and I humbly appreciate your visiting the Book of Pain. As always, I look forward to your comments.

The photograph is entitled Let’s not today and was taken in Lincoln, NH, if, I recall, through a patio door on a day that was bitterly cold and wonderfully snowy. For more photography, please visit the Book of Bokeh.


Photograph, poem and notes © 2014 by John Etheridge; all…

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Monochrome photos challenge – day 1

A beautiful image.  Thank you as always to John for permission to share his images here.

the Book of Bokeh


Thank you to Norma at Emovere  and Virginie at Darwin on the Rocks  for passing the Five Day Monochrome Photos Challenge on to me. On this first day I have chosen a photo of my father praying.

In choosing which photos to make over into monochrome, I tried to select those which either suggest a story or seem to capture a strong, unique moment. In any event, I hope you enjoy them.

Today I challenge Ted, a new friend and exceptional photographer from a local photography club; his blog is TPJPhoto.

I would also like to invite you to visit the poetry blog, the Book of Pain. As always, special thanks to my dearest spouse Lyn, who does most of the hard part: the photos selection. Thank you for dropping by the Book of Bokeh.

Photograph and comments ©John Etheridge with all rights reserved; not to be used without the expressed written permission of…

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For celebration of the ‘glory’ and ‘to make a better world’

Pearlz Dreaming

JunePerkins_Tully_Glory172 Glory – (c) June Perkins

The realm of glory is not something I can depict in a realist photographic approach. It is something, unknowable, untouchable, and so my focus is more to the essence of the shape of things, the abstract.

“Verily His Call will draw thee nigh unto the realm of glory and will cause thee to extol His praise in such wise that every created thing will be enraptured, and to magnify His glory in such manner as to influence the entire creation. Truly thy Lord is the Protector, the Gracious, the All-Informed.”
-Baha’u’llah, Tablets of Baha’u’llah

This year I’ve joined the wonderful team of photographers over at nineteen months.  Each Baha’i Month, we post a photograph we’ve taken and quote that inspires us.

Check out some of the other inspiring contributions HERE

It’s a super busy time as I’m about to begin tutoring, doing an online course…

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