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Updated on March 12, 2013

A collection of Random Thoughts

The terms "we," "you," "our," etc. are used in the proverbial sense and not meant to identify or demean or isolate ....simply to suggest that the following thoughts are, possibly, shared by many but spoken rarely.

This is the first of several hubs on streams of consciousness. The next will be on a more personal note.


The quiet mind reaches out for enlightenment, understanding, transcendence but finds itself being irrevocably pulled into the cacaphonous abyss of mediocrity.

The mundane is much louder a presence than is the sublime.

We search for meaning, for the ultimate gestalt of existence.

The act of defining or describing a thing is, by the very nature of it, limiting to that thing.

We set ourselves apart from our surroundings; seeing our 'selves' as an individual entity; separate, disconnected; observing.

Realization; clarity is a fleeting moment which is dispelled in that very moment of recognition.

Beauty is intrinsic in nature whether or not we recognize it. By this definition; beauty is neither good or bad, right or wrong but, simply, is.

Beauty, as in "the eye of the beholder," is severely curtailed as it fulfills our own definition.

Every day miracles surround us. We tend to miss these as we regard them as commonplace.

Love has many forms. Complete love is not possessive, it is not jealous, it is not competitive and is not envious. Love enfolds the beloved in an intangible warmth and celebration of being.

We cannot control nature; try as we might, much as we wish. Nature is self sustaining with or without our influence.

We are born a pristine, unmarred slate.

Subjective education, assumptions, definitions, rules, regulations, laws, expectations all contribute to total indoctrination.

Our urge to survive is strong, indeed. Our enculturation and societal rules/mores serve to curb our instinctual selves. Our intellect develops and picks up the relay.

It is innate; our will to continue. Our every action is predicated upon this. Our physical beings are designed to assure that our species survives. This is expressed in stages, both natural and necessary.

We are shaped by our environment. Who would we (as the individual we are) be and what would we do if transported to another time and place?

The deepest of our many forms of communication are non verbal. Some might say, 'spiritual;' uncomplicated and/or obviously apparent through the lack of spoken restrictions.

True, spontaneous experiential existence cannot exist where there is more than one present.*

I do not share many of the commonly held beliefs or responses. Therefore, I walk alone, in a world of my own device.

All that is said; all that is insinuated....all that is, is not absolute. (Contradictory statement, isn't it?)

We bestow attributes such as "value" and "worth" to ideas, people, places and things. These designations are not true; they only hold as much importance as that which we choose to agree to accept.

Human kind; cultures, societies have constructed an extensive and detailed, intricate set of agreements called laws, definitions, morals, standards, edicts, and more. These function because we have chosen to abide by our understanding and interpretation of such.

The fabric of a society is held together, albiet; sometimes on an extremely fragile state, by our willingness to adhere to the above.

Emotions can cloud, confuse and overwhelm intellect.

Intellect is no more and no less important than emotion.

Emotion is our intuitive, inner self responding to outward stimuli. Emotion is equally as legitimate as intelligence. It has an important seat at the table of life.

We tend to confine and confound ourselves as we navigate the waters of truth. Keeping in mind; still water Does run deep; the calm, quiessent environment contains depths to which only the heartiest of souls fathoms.

Or dares to fathom.

Pure essence is not able to be defined.

*The company of another, in itself, curbs, transforms, redirects.


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      Kathy 3 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Love you back, Marti. Always...You are truly unique and individual and precious!!!!

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      Martie Coetser 4 years ago from South Africa

      Love you too, Kathy! Conversations with you always delight me and enlighten (my own ideas). Take care :)

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      Kathy 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Ruby, Bill, it's so great to see your comments. I always value both of your visits because you speak from the heart and soul...both of you. Very much appreciated. Thank you.

      Martie! My friend....well, I do agree w/you on both counts...well, in a way. #!1) YES! What once appeared on the surface to be a thing of beauty; to be "pure," unadulterated 'truth' in communication (for instance), can, potentially, turn into just the opposite. This is a major folly and foible....issue in our human nature. We are, at first, looking out for #1 first....

      At the same time, and often times; behaviors, actions, words and deeds of 'love' are meant and truly expressions of just that...feelings of love...Love! A fleeting thing in it's primary, initial emotion/essence which takes on many forms as it evolves....and, of course, all this is subject to who we are, what age we are, where we live, where we grew up, our upbringing, our sex, our environment now and previously, our own "needs" developed by our past IS such a subjective emotion/protestation (to another).....

      Which brings me to #2) Sexual, romantic love IS possessive....this is a part of our nature...very deeply protect what is 'ours' (ours, by definition....ours to propagate, ours to protect and be protected by, ours as a reflection of ourselves....I could go on) Thereby, for these reasons, 'love' in that sense, IS possessive. But it can grow into a mutual freedom....I don't know anyone who has successfully DONE this but, theoretically...I believe it is possible (I've read about this strange creature...somewhere...I'm just SURE of it!) LO

      There is another form of that celebrates others' achievements and victories, one that is not envious or jealous, one that conjures feelings of the above but without a sense of loosing oneself within it...Love that nurtures, encourages, and adores...for the very being; essence of the beloved and not as a personal extension.

      Anyway, who among us can love THAT way? Hmmmmm...well...I'm taking the "5th" on that one. LOLO

      Anyway x 2....that's my take...

      Love ya'

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      Martie Coetser 4 years ago from South Africa

      Kathy, you have touched so many truths, I can write a hub about each of them and be busy for the next six months.

      I want to emphasize only one issue: “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” What we may regard as beautiful today, we may regard as disgustingly ugly tomorrow, and just because we have recognized in a fleeting second something repelling. Sadly, only on dirty stain can ruin an entire snow-white dress.

      Oh, and another one: “Love has many forms. Complete love is not possessive.” And yet, who would be able and happy to love an unfaithful partner – but only the one who does not love themselves completely? Or the one who does love themselves completely?

      This is a most thought-provoking hub. Take care, Kathy!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Miracles all around us but we fail to notice true that is. My goodness, we have been handed an incredible gift, and most of the time we are too busy to be appreciative of it. Great thoughts for reflection.

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      Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Yes, Kathy, I have to leave one more comment and then I'll leave your space for others...promise. Here in St. Louis, the purebred Scottie rescue charges a minimum of $400 to adopt. My little Scottie only cost $180, not counting the cost of the vet visits that should have resolved the parasites and ear problems she was rescued with. I feel these health issues, which the vet was aware of, should have been resolved prior to adoption. In this economy, with the large numbers of abandoned animals, I believe the cost should be at a level that the average person who wants to adopt, can afford to give a critter a good home. I agree with you that many rescue groups turn an altruistic endeavor into a profit making venture. Ultimately, the needy animals lose. After I adopted Mackie, I began to panic, as I was having to take her back to the vet every other day for the first few weeks due to health issues that the vet should have managed before adopting her to me. It was unfair to me financially and unfair to Mackie on every level trying to reacclimate to a new environment. It is no wonder many people are afraid as many are struggling to put food on the table as it is today. I have been very disillusioned with the lack of compassion I have encountered over the years in vet practices. It is very disheartening. Thank you for listening and understanding, Kathy. Have a wonderful trip. Be careful, stay safe, relax and enjoy yourself.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Kathy, so good to see you back on HP. You have given us much to contemplate and all very important to remember. " Beauty is in the eye of the beholder " My favorite. Thank's for sharing...

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      Kathy 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Hi Amy...I'm in agreement w/you about groups who are far too extreme in their requirements for animal adoption...between that and the cost (sometimes) to adopt, making it almost impossible to give a loving home to an animal in need. There is NO DOUBT that w/Mac as well as w/your new is the very best these little ones could ever wish for! So...that is that and there is no more to discuss!!! ha! No doubts, ever1

      Prerequisites are prohibitive, even here in liberal of the "better" groups who reacue and place cats and dogs charges....are you ready?...up to $300. to 'save an animal.' I am amazed at the profit motive behind what should be a completely altruistic endeavor...saving lives..bottom line...saving lives. Long story short; I am reeling from the changes in attitude I encounter much of the time...this is all I will say....disappointed.

      Never are an angel in those little Scottie's lives...and your daughter's love for animals is a testimony to that.

      Take care and isn't it wild that an OTC commonplace Med. is doing the trick that all the exotic/expensive prescriptions didn't do? Hope it continues to work for Mackie.

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      Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Congrats on your non-profit status, Kathy. It is another step in the right direction for all the lucky animals that find you or that you find! It's funny that you say that about Mac, because my feeling is that my magnificent beloved Mac brought Mackie to me. It is almost unheard of for a Scottie to be available, other than via the militant Scottish Terrier rescue group. I was denied a Scottie by the local group, which plunged me into a horrible state of insecurity and self doubt about the life I provided for MacGregor. My daughter, who personally rescues guinea pigs and is an animal lover like myself, assured me that I gave Mac the best life and an abundance of unrelenting love and that he was pampered, coddled and enormously loved; and that he was completely happy. I am convinced, Kathy, that some of the purebreed animal rescue groups, though I fully understand their protectiveness and believe it is necessary, are not doing the animals due diligence when they are unfair, unreasonable and cruel to potential parents. However, with reaffirmation from my daughter that I gave Mac a great life, I comforted myself by understanding that Scottie rescue has the best interest of the innocent animal at heart. This little girl was rescued by a private vet who practices at an office less than a mile from my home! My daughter, Megan, found out about her and immediately called me. So, between Megan and Mac, little Mackie is my new BF. Your friend, Amy

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      Kathy 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Amy! I just know that your sweet new companion is going to have a wonderful life now! This is great news! I ALWAYS love to hear that a vulnerable cat or dog has found a new life in a loving home...and, for your littleone...this is a hundred times wonderful. I am happy for YOU, too...this needed to happen in time....when you were ready.

      It's so tragic; the poor animals in puppy mills and breeder farms. What a horrific life..just left to languish until someone saves them or they are used up or too sickly and succumb to illness/parasites. You saved a life...this is the GREATEST gift!!

      Mac's memory lives through the love you give your new girl and he is honored, too.

      Al and I have been very busy for the last year, living 2000 miles apart and each having even more responsibility since we are not together right now. The tasks and costs have doubled...and so has the love. We keep in contact daily; often 2 & 3 times each day....and I'm going there, soon...flight is reserved and pet sitters arranged.

      We're now a non profit, too...after wanting to do this for so long; we are now legitimately a 501(c)(3) organization....if you have time, just click on the icon on my profile page to see our updates...not a "request" for anything; just wanting a good friend in you to see what we've done...we're very proud and relieved.

      There is so much to share...I'll save it for another time but, just know, I am SO HAPPY that you found a new, loving companion and that she found you....this, for the greatest news and a source of much happiness.

      Your friend, Kathy.

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      Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I was very worried when I stopped seeing you here, my dear friend. I am relieved to know you are healthy and back at the hub. I don't write here as much as I once did, as life just keeps moving along and we must move with it! I hope all is well with your beautiful critters. I adopted a 4 year old Scottish Terrier girl who was rescued by a local vet from a Potosi puppy mill. She was malnourished, with guardia, roundworms, tapeworms, whip worms and hookworms. She had a vicious flea infestation that left her with raw, bare skin, but you should see this adorable baby now! Thick, wiry, coal black fur, a healthy weight, shining eyes, a sweet disposition, wagging tail and eager to please, despite being betrayed and locked in a cage her whole life. Her resilence and true Scottie spirit remained intact, Kathy, and I am deeply touched by her undying capacity for trust and love.

      When I brought her home, I discovered she still had tapeworms. The vet sold me Panacur-C, which still did not obliterate the problem. I consulted with my brother, a parasitologist at UC, Davis, who advised that I use Petco's OTC Tape Worm Tabs. So far, so good. She has an appt to be spayed by the rescuing vet next Monday. I am so attached to her that I dread the idea of a surgical procedure. Please think good thoughts for little Mackie and her upcoming appt., my friend.

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      Kathy 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Hello Faith Reaper. Thank you for visiting & I'm pleased that you related to this hub. I appreciate your kind words and share.

      Dear Amy! It's been such a long time since I've been active on HP at all...I am so happy to see your comment here. I, too, was raised in the Catholic faith but, as w/so much of my youthful years, I rarely absorbed anything....a mental defect (caused by the emotional roller coaster of my childhood!), it just didn't sink in. I just believe that we are born innocent and "pure," unsullied, of course. Then, all the purveyors of selfishness, greed, ignorance, ego and more...begin to assert their influence in order to gain. It starts so early; which breaks my heart for the kids of today...where did childhood go? In Kansas, one thing I loved, was that kids were still allowed to be silly, encouraged to play outside, run, ride, fish, etc....and parents/the educational system & others did not / do not appear to push their children into adulthood.... I mourn the loss of innocence at every step of the way. Thank you so much for your great comment...I MUST catch up w/your stellar writing...I'll be visiting soon, my friend.

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      Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Whoever wrote "We are born a pristine, unmarred slate" must have been pure enough to see through the pomp and circumstance of organized religion, as I was taught in the Catholic schools we are all born in original sin and that all unbaptised babies languish in limbo. It was the beginning of my rebellion!

      Each statement gives my mind more to contemplate, Lucky Cats. You've set my brain to spinning! "I think, therefore, I am." You are awesome.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Very nice collection here of random thoughts!!!

      Really enjoyed the read. Looking forward to the next in this series.

      Voted up ++++ and sharing

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Kathy 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Hello aviannovice. It's been a long time; I hope you are well. I appreciate your comment. Remembering or recalling simple wisdom helps me to deal with life life on a daily basis...sometimes.

      Hi Augustine. Yes, affirmations, reflections, introspections...yes! For me, like a tonic which heals wounds and casts out evil thoughts! Ha....I often find myself yearning for the "clear and clean" aspect of simple wisdoms. I am glad you relate to this and I'm not at all surprised that you do...I suspect you spend much time along these lines, too.

      Hi Alastar. I am so relieved that we have completed the seemingly difficult task of creating our LCF, Inc. Al (who once took a case all the way to the Supreme Court!), did a great job of completing the required forms for our non profit status and I created the web page...I'm proud of it! Thank you for mentioning our little victory for animals.

      The thoughts in this hub came last of those 'wake in the am hours with ideas springing up!' I knew I had to complete my am animal duties so that I could share them right away. Thank you for the kind comment...always appreciated!

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      Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

      First off congratulations on attaining your non-profit status- you and friend Al deserve it and so do those abandoned and homeless animals. This scream of consciousness is one of introspection and insight. As usual Kathy, you've done a write that makes one think about things for your incredible, inimitable way of expressing things. All the best LCats...

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      Augustine A Zavala 4 years ago from Texas

      Subtle yet poignant affirmations, reflections, introspections. Been saving these up awhile? Can be recited and understood through meditation. Loved it...

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      This is so philosophical, and it is all very correct. I haven;t thought about things like this for a long time, so thanks for the push.