January 11, 2022


Dandelion 02 03/15/2018 Oil Paint Rendered
The fundamentals consist of:

Practiced regularly and routinely
in the service of
Our Original Nature

Within the 
Context and Circumstances
(The Here and Now)
of our life
in each situation as it arises.

In conjunction with 
our dedication to the work
of doing the right thing
in the right place,
at the right time,
no matter what,
without interest in,
or thought of,
profit, gain or merit,
for the simple joy of doing it
and the delight/satisfaction
of having done it,
all our life long.

If you can find a better life plan
than this,
buy into it
and live to implement it
every day for the rest of your life.



Beech Woods 09 11/11/2021 — 22-acre Woods, Indian Land, South Carolina
We do not need to posit
a creator god to explain
the existence of everything.

All we need is time and something
on the order of matter.
The smallest kind of matter will do.
Even dark matter 
if that's the best you can manage.

Time and matter can source
attraction and repulsion,
magnetism and gravity.
And light.

If electrons can create electrons
by crashing into each other,
well then, 
you can see how it would only be
a matter of time
before we get exactly what we have,
more or less,
just as it is.

Of course, it could be much different
than it is in Oh, so many ways,
but the difference would be 
in the details,
and there would be some configuration
of something here
because that is what time and matter do.

Can't help doing.
Must do.
It is their nature to do it.
And then watch the show,
high fiving one another,
and shouting 
"Can you believe we did all this???"

Wooping and hooraying far into the millennium.

And then, doing it again.


Published by jimwdollar

I'm retired, and still finding my way--but now, I don't have to pretend that I know what I'm doing. I retired after 40.5 years as a minister in the Presbyterian Church USA, serving churches in Louisiana, Mississippi and North Carolina. I graduated from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, in Austin, Texas, and Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. My wife, Judy, and I have three daughters and five granddaughters within about twenty minutes from where we live--and are enjoying our retirement as much as we have ever enjoyed anything.

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