Philosophy statement: When the pursuit of happiness is a day to day goal, the veils which myself and others hide behind are lifted, giving us a clearer view of the world around us, who we really are, and who we want to be. The war of the everyday can often obscure our views of the journey ahead. We must watch our feet as we walk but also take time to look at the road ahead, to see where we are headed. As the days of our lives are fleeting and lower in number than we would like to think, I strive to make each day unique in order to make sure that when my days do indeed run out, I have many things to look back upon and smile.
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The sky is less grand as it shuts down over less worth in the population.

...face to face with his congregation, except for the black veil.
It shook with his measured breath...
I speak my own sins; I cannot judge another. I have no tongue for it.
...it was just the endless march, villiage to villiage, without purpose, nothing won or lost.
War is hell, but thats not the half of it, because war is also mystery and terror and adventure and courage
and discovery and holiness and pity and despair and longing and love. War is nasty; war is
fun. War is thrilling; war is drudgery. War makes you a man; war makes you dead.

But the war of the everyday is lost without constant support from friends and peers...
Had a friend, she once told me
You got love, you ain't lonely
I am not solitary whilst I read and write, though nobody is with me. Now she's gone and left me only
Lookin' for what I knew
But if a man would be alone, let him look at the stars.

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Take a shower and shine your shoes
You got no time to lose
You are young men, you must be livin'
Now go on you are forgiven.


And I took a look, a look down the road
To see a badger, and a one eyed toad
They didn't say a word, they just looked at me
With that wise old look of the old
Life moves pretty fast. You don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.
No, I won't be caught moaning
Not when light is still shining down
The sun illuminates only the eye of the man, but
shines into the eye and the heart of the child
And I can't stop from just smiling
When those damn stars are shining on
Yeah, those stars are shining
Over our city streets.

I am satisfied--I see, dance, laugh and sing.
Every morning was a cheerful invitation to make my life of equal
simplicity, and I may say innocence with Nature herself.
I will go to the bank by the wood and become undisguised and naked.
A man is relieved when he has put his heart into his work and done his best.

Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself.
Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.

A rising tide raises all ships. It's never too late to start making amends.
It is never too late to take the difficult road. It's never too late. Never.
...in my little book contain'd the follow scheme of employment
for the twenty-four hours of a natural day bliss!


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Every year is getting shorter, never seem to find the time
The time is gone, the song is over, thought I'd something more to say...
I'm young and happy. I'll never die.
So live, that when thy summons cones to join the innumerable
caravan which moves to that mysterious realm...go not, like
the quarry-slave at night...but, sustained and soothed by
an unfaltering trust...and lie down to pleasant dreams.
And as to you Death, and you bitter hug of mortality, it is idle to try to alarm me.
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