The Journey into Silence

“Silence is a source of great strength.” Lao Tzu   This month, I am following my dear friends, The World According to Dina, Leaping Tracks and Silkannthreades into silence. For most of us, this is entering unfamiliar territory. We have become accustomed to sound, whether it be the soothing lilt of music, the white noise…

Dreams are a reality …

“Great acts are made up of small deeds.” Lao Tzu We were all born for greatness, even though only a few individuals will be recognized by name in history. That does not lessen our contribution, nor does it signify that our participation did not change the course of world events.  Our dreams are ever renewed…

Three Precious Things

Frugality forms an affectionate companionship with gentleness and humility.  One leads to the other and then to the other before returning again to the beginning. Lao Tzu (Laozi), a philosopher of ancient China best known as the author of the Tao Te Ching and, in tradition, the founder of philosophical Taoism, offers these words of…

The Legend of Tea

The Chinese have many legends on the mysterious origins of tea. It is said that the Emperor Shen Nung discovered the fragrant leaf in the third millennium B.C. Others say it was Buddha who introduced tea to China. Lao Tzu was offered tea when he traveled through Szechwan in the sixth century B.C.; Confucius is…