Category Archives: Essays

9/23/16–The Writer

The Writer by Monica R. Ashbaugh, 9/23/16, 3AMish, the writer’s gloaming hour. A writer’s work is their atonement to life, their at-one-ment for living, at-one-ment with reader. Writers sacrifice their own selves to tell a story. They splay themselves, unabashedly … Continue reading

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3/28/16–The Fish Parable

“Does the fish in the fish tank know he’s in a fish tank? Does he have any concept of a greater reality outside his tank-ness? Could he even dream of the vastness of the sea or the universe above. These … Continue reading

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9/5/15–Be a Sieve

Religion and spirituality should make us better people–more compassionate, kind, peaceful, and loving. It should raise our quality of life. If it doesn’t, it is an invalid path. Religion, our beliefs, should not make us feel powerful over another, superior, … Continue reading

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8/28/15–Reflection

“Imagine a world where there were no mirrors or cameras. You could never see yourself except your reflection in the eyes of another or your reflection in nature. The serenity of a still pool embracing your image. You, reflected, in … Continue reading

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8/26/15–Weather

“The weather is like a surprise party in adult life!” ~Monica R. Ashbaugh, 8/26/15 We are currently experiencing unseasonably cool weather in Tennessee right now.  It feels like the end of September or early October, not August.  I had to … Continue reading

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8/25/15–Death II

“I was looking for an image for the DailyMonica blog post yesterday on “Death.”  I decided to browse wiki commons for cemetery photos. One thing I noticed was how very “tidy” most of our cemeteries are. Few photos had the … Continue reading

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8/15/15–Change

“If nothing ever changed, there’d be no butterflies.” ~ Unknown So true. It is sad that some people want to keep us caterpillars forever. Sometimes we want to keep ourselves as caterpillars.  It’s much safer crawling close to the earth.  … Continue reading

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8/13/15–Compassionate Evolution

“Spirituality and religion should naturally evolve toward compassion. If a religion doesn’t evolve with societal norms, it is stagnant and dead. For a religion and spiritually to be vibrantly alive is has to compassionately evolve and grow.  It has to … Continue reading

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7/16/15–The Questions

The Questions What if God cannot effect change on earth? What if the only mercy our planet experiences is the mercy we give to each other? What if we are God’s love on earth? We are God’s hands. We are … Continue reading

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7/12/15–Dear Tree…

This is a great article about a project that they did in Melbourne, Australia.  The gave trees an ID number and email address, so the public could report problems with the tree or if a limb needed to be trimmed … Continue reading

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