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"One thorn of experience is worth a whole wilderness of warning." - James Russell Lowell

"One thorn of experience is worth a whole wilderness of warning."

"The mind can weave itself warmly in the cocoon of its own thoughts, and dwell a hermit anywhere."

"There is no good in arguing with the inevitable. The only argument available with an east wind is to put on your overcoat."

— James Russell Lowell

I bring fresh showers for thirsting flowers...I wield the flail of lashing hail/I dissolve it in rain/laugh as I pass in thunder

The Cloud
by Percy Bysshe Shelley

I bring fresh showers for the thirsting flowers,
From the seas and the streams;
I bear light shade for the leaves when laid
In their noonday dreams.
...
I wield the flail of the lashing hail,
And whiten the green plains under,
And then again I dissolve it in rain,
And laugh as I pass in thunder.

I bind the Sun's throne with a burning zone,
And the Moon's with a girdle of pearl;
The volcanoes are dim, and the stars reel and swim,
When the whirlwinds my banner unfurl.
...
When the Powers of the air are chained to my chair,
Is the million-coloured bow;
The sphere-fire above its soft colours wove,
While the moist Earth was laughing below.

excerpt from "Poem in Art and Story" Collection 2 (ebook)

Wisdom. Love. Service. Sincerity. Quote most popular global celebrities: Pope Francis & UK's longest-reigning Queen Elizabeth II

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New York Times, Wednesday September 23, 2015 - News and features on Pope Francis’ visit to Washington, New York and Philadelphia in September, his first visit ever.
"When Pope Francis speaks, millions listen." "the English translation of Pope Francis’ speech to United States bishops at St. Matthew’s Cathedral, as prepared for delivery and released by the Vatican"
Wisdom quoted from the full speech –

- I am well aware of the immense efforts you have made to welcome and integrate those immigrants who continue to look to America, like so many others before them, in the hope of enjoying its blessings of freedom and prosperity.

- I realize how much the pain of recent years has weighed upon you and I have supported your generous commitment to bring healing to victims – in the knowledge that in healing we too are healed – and to work to ensure that such crimes will never be repeated.

- What does work is the combination of the epic struggle of the pioneers and the homely wisdom and endurance of the settlers. As one of your poets has put it, “strong and tireless wings” combined with the wisdom of one who “knows the mountains”.  read more »

"Mind may be a mirror reflecting actual reality, pretty or ugly, warm or chilly. Mind may be a mirage of the desired..."

Mind may be a mirror
reflecting actual reality, pretty or ugly, warm or chilly.
Mind may be a mirage
of the desired or gulped, the coded or assumed.

— LuCxeed

Good deed ripples far: barbers give free haircut to homeless in Dublin, Melbourne, Philippines, Costa Rica, Jamaica, NYC, LA, TX

Mark Bustos works at a salon in Chelsea during the week. On Sundays, he gives homeless men haircuts

for more than 20 years, Anthony Cymerys, 82, known as Joe the Barber, cut hair alfresco in Hartford for the fee of a hug

Rudy Ibanez, 21, offers to give free haircuts to the homeless on Sundays in order to ‘do some good’

barber and recovering drug addict who is bringing dignity and hope to the homeless with the simple act of a free haircut

barber who cut the hair and trimmed the beard of a homeless man on a Dublin street was surprised by the reaction to his good deed

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For Bustos, now 30, it all started in 2012, where he gave free haircuts to needy children at a local barbershop. "It made such a strong positive impact on me that I decided to bring it back home to NYC," said Bustos. Calling him "angel", Ray said, "When someone comes along and gives you something you never get… it makes me wanna cry."  read more »

"Without fuel, you can fly longer"! Two pilots, both innovators and pioneers, inspire Solar aviation technology for clean future

André Borschberg CEO, project co-founder and pilot of Solar Impulse Switzerland, and his partner, Bertrand Piccard

Solar Impulse completes epic flight across pacific

solar plane journey

Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg want to take Solar Impulse around the world

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"Now you can fly longer with no fuel than you can with fuel. So, what Andre has done is not only a historic first for aviation, it's a historic first for renewable energies. And this is why we are doing this project." The Swiss team is using the various stopovers on its round-the-world journey to carry a campaigning message to local people on the topic of clean technologies. The vehicle is covered in 17,000 photovoltaic cells. These either power the vehicle's electric motors directly, or charge its lithium-ion batteries, which sustain the plane during the night hours. Mr Piccard told reporters at Kalaeloa: "Andre's flight was longer than all the other single-seater flights that had fuel. That's an incredible message.

"Now you can fly longer with no fuel than you can with fuel. So, what Andre has done is not only a historic first for aviation, it's a historic first for renewable energies. And this is why we are doing this project."  read more »

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