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Blog entry by frank posted 02-16-2007 03:19 PM 1090 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Blessings of Beauty

....the perception of beauty is but the rendition of my artistic landscape in harmony with the universe….

To find me this morning and look in to where I am sitting, would be to see one who is unable to tear ones-self away from the view that I find myself in as I look outside. And then there are the thoughts that are landsliding down the scope of this mountain where I am actively trying to maintain a sense of equilibrium before being shipped off to the many avenues of my daily workspace.

Looking out my office window I am drawn to the sight before me off an old elder maple that stands beckoning to any that would look his way. And from this picture, my mind drifts back years ago to when we used to tap his trunk, for the sap blood that flowed so freely in the time of yore when forty gallons made one gallon of beloved pure maple syrup. Yes, give or take some, the ratio is still around 32-40:1 and after what the work is done, then comes the taste of heavens brew. So do I or do I not go for the beauty of that golden syrup this year? And then I also think of those twenty four to forty eight hours of working the sap house as we boil down….

Also looking out, I’m reminded that this summer there are rock walls that are in need of repair and so while thinking on this thought, I am even more rock bound to the ease of this chair in which I sit.

And now since I’ve thought of being rock bound to an easy chair, my mind drifts ahead to rock maple and how one such as this, is a rock maple that is just waiting to be slab cut for some table tops of live edge rustic table top design.

That’s it, now see what I’ve went and done, my minds went and taken flight and though my butts connected in this office space, my minds taken off as outta-space….I should know by now that daydreaming has no-place in my daily work-space. Live edge rustic table top design and I am living live edge on this thing called edge of my pants and flying by seat of my pants as I go and make my way!

And then just as all things come full circle in this thing called life, I am drawn back to my chair as I look to the top of that old elder maple out there and wonder, where is the raven this morning that usually sits so majestically on top, as a king at peace looking out over his kingdom….

And yes, once again I have made another list to keep track of my goings and comings, while the raven watches and muses to himself; “there goes an-other of one of those beings all set upon himself, I wonder when he will come and join me and realize that all is his, so that he can take for himself and give the blessings of beauty, to have their way….”


-- --frank, NH,

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#1 posted 02-16-2007 05:50 PM

sometimes this time of Spiritual waunderings interupts the flow of the physical world.
How do you find the balance – giving up one at the risk of losing something of the other?

And then there are simply the moments that call, requesting a break from the rythm of life in order to refocus and reconnect with the inspirations and the Spirit that guides us.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 02-16-2007 06:30 PM

If you could paint a picture of what you described, you’d be famous.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#3 posted 02-16-2007 06:57 PM

I saw the picture, Frank… and it was fabulous.

And man, do I have a hankering for some warm maple syrup drizzled over those last two pumpkin spice pecan waffles we have in the freezer that are left-over from Sunday morning.

That was a really good morning. I had a reminder of good friends (who gave us the pumpkin spice pecan waffle mix), good food (the afore mentioned pumpkin spice pecan waffles), and good company (my new wife and three cats all impatiently waiting at their food bowls). Who could ask for anything more?

-- Ethan,

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#4 posted 02-17-2007 02:10 PM

Hi Debbie;
—-well by your asking, so shall you be getting!!!

You have said; “sometimes this time of Spiritual waunderings interupts the flow of the physical world.”—-and—-”How do you find the balance – giving up one at the risk of losing something of the other?”

OKaaayyyyy, ha!....and we thought we were workers of wood and now we are talking as spirit beings….long or short version; Debbie?

First of all let me say that no-thing can interupt the flow of spirit, as spirit will blow where it wants. As a spiritual being I do not interupt the flow of the physical world by my waunderings, as I am connected with the physical through my shoe leather and as I walk out my being here in the physical, I am guided by that life force of who I am. Your use of the word ‘balance’ is a dualistic word phrase that will all-ways separate me from my oneness of being, balance says for me to pick an choose….first try to balance both and all the while I am all-ready thinking what if? What if I can’t, and by your own words; “giving up one at the risk of losing the other”....and so I set myself up to not be able to balance both and long before my thinking becomes a reality, I have all-ready decided which one to dump.

I balance no-thing, I am as, ‘just is’ and this is my moment of now….I have no-thing to give up, just as I have no-thing to gain, and therefore having no lose and no gain I am blessed by all things in abundance. Balance once again Debbie is a word we try and put in a box, and once it is fitted into our box we can then spend time seeking to solve the riddle of whats in the box. Step out of the box and then you think you will be free….until one day you understand that the universe is a box and you are still in a box. And then what happens when one day you understand that you have been imaged in the likness of one who is within you and then you start to see that all those boxes where only placed before you to bring you to a place of seeing what is within….

Should I go on….or….?
“Two things cannot be in one place. Where you tend a rose,....a thistle cannot grow.” The Secret Garden —by Frances Hodgson Burnett

-- --frank, NH,

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#5 posted 02-17-2007 02:25 PM

I knew my words would get such a reply :)
I chose them wisely!!

I am entangled in your discussion of “balance” and my mind is spinning as it fumbles with this new-found wisdom and adjusts it to fit with my beliefs. As soon as I read the first “doubt” in your words I realized that choosing balance is indeed about mediocrity, which is not being true to anything. oh,, my brain is going to start smoking soon… the thoughts are whirling and whirling.

Thank you Guru Frank. thank you.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#6 posted 02-19-2007 03:28 AM

I can’t help but remember an essay I read recently, written by James Fletcher Baxter, which touches on this subject. I hope that I am not violating copyright rules by reproducing this quote.

by James Fletcher Baxter

“The arts and the sciences of man, as with his habits, customs, and traditions, are the creative harvest of his perceptive and selective powers. His articles, constructs, and commodities, however marvelous to behold, deserve neither awe nor idolatry, for man, not his contrivance, is earth’s own highest expression of the creative process.

Man is The Choicemaker. The sublime and significant act of choosing is, itself, the Archimedean fulcrum upon which man levers and redirects the forces of cause and effect to an elected level of quality and diversity. Further, it orients him toward a natural environmental opportunity, freedom, and bestows earth’s title, The Choicemaker, on his singular and plural brow.

Deterministic systems, ideological symbols of abdication by man from his natural role as earth’s Choicemaker, inevitably degenerate into collectivism; the negation of singularity, they become a conglomerate plural-based system of measuring human value. Blunting an awareness of diversity, blurring alternatives, and limiting the selective creative process, they are self-relegated to a passive and circular regression.

Tampering with man’s selective nature endangers his survival, for it would render him impotent and obsolete by denying the tools of diversity, individuality, perception, criteria, selectivity, and progress. Coercive attempts produce revulsion, for such acts are contrary to an indeterminate nature and nature’s indeterminate off-spring, Man the Choicemaker.
Until the oppressors discover that wisdom only just begins with a respectful acknowledgement of The Creator, The Creation, and The Choicemaker, they will be ever learning but never coming to a knowledge of the truth. The rejection of Creator-initiated standards relegates the mind of man to its own primitive, empirical, and de-limited devices. It is thus that the human intellect cannot ascend and function at any level higher than the criteria by which it perceives and measures values. Additionally, such rejection of transcendent criteria self-denies man the vision and foresight essential to decision-making for survival and progression. He is left, instead, with the redundant wreckage of expensive hindsight, including human institutions characterized by averages, mediocrity, and regression.
Humanism, mired in the circular and mundane egocentric predicament, is ill-equipped to produce transcendent criteria. Evidenced by those who do not perceive superiority and thus find themselves beset by the shifting winds of the carnal-ego; i.e., moods, feelings, desires, appetites, etc., the mind becomes subordinate – a mere device for excuse-making and rationalizing self-justification.

The carnal-ego rejects criteria and self-discipline for such instruments are tools of the mind and the attitude. The appetites of the flesh have no need of standards, for at the point of contention standards are perceived as alien, restrictive, and inhibiting. Yet, the very survival of our physical nature itself depends upon a maintained sovereignty of the mind and of the spirit.

It remained, therefore, to the initiative of a personal and living Creator to traverse the human horizon and fill the vast void of human ignorance with an intelligent and definitive faith. Man is thus afforded the prime tool of the intellect – a Transcendent Standard by which he may measure values in experience, anticipate results, and make enlightened and visionary choices.

Only the unique and superior God-man Person can deservedly displace the ego-person from his predicament and free the individual to measure values and choose in a more excellent way. That sublime Person was indicated in the words of the prophet Amos, ”...said the Lord, Behold, I will set a plumb line in the midst of my people Israel.” Y’shua Mashiyach Jesus said,
“If I be lifted up I will draw all men unto myself.”

As long as some choose to abdicate their personal reality and submit to the delusions of humanism, determinism, and collectivism, just so long will they be subject and re-acting only, to be tossed by every impulse emanating from others. Those who abdicate such reality may, in perfect justice, find themselves weighed in the balances of their own choosing.

That human institution which is structured on the principle, ”...all men are endowed by their Creator with…Liberty…,” is a system with its roots in the natural order of the universe. The opponents of such a system are necessarily engaged in a losing contest with nature and nature’s God.

To the advent of a new era we commend the present generation and the multitudes in the valley of decision.”

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#7 posted 02-19-2007 03:01 PM

phew.. that was a longy Don (thinking word count!!)
no copyright issue here: you quoted direct, provided the author’s name and a link.

Now.. the info, wow.. got my head spinning.

For many years I have been saying during my parenting programs that we are in the process of an evolutionary change. At the time I focused on the role of parenting and the needs of the child but since those early thoughts, a perecption of the change of man and our society is becoming.

In previous times, we relied on fear and control to guide our lives. Today, it is choice. Making choices true to self and true to one’s beliefs is how we walk through our paths. Knowledge has to “make sense” and is not taken at face value nor is it accepted simply because it comes from one of authority.

And so our journey unfolds
(and now I choose to log off and go help my daughter, whose car won’t start due to the cold.)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#8 posted 02-20-2007 11:47 AM

Hi Don:
—-well there sure are a lot of words here that you quote, but as I see it these are not your words….just words grabbed off cyberspace, highlight, copy and paste.

To tell you the truth I just don’t have the time to read about what James Fletcher Baxter has to say, I’m not dialoguing with James, don’t even know anything about him or is he even real? You Don are real, and so we start to understand a little of each other. I don’t know if you’ll ever know me or I, you….but we do communicate.

Whenever I get something like this, wordy and windy, well I just pass over it. As I have stated before I do not mind comments, but I only have time to read those coments that come from real people that can communicate with me with their own words.

We both love wood and from what I can tell, we both are spiritual beings who love to also talk about God and where this One fits into our lives. As we explore where each other is coming from, we may disagree on issues and agree on other points and even so this too is good. I hope you understand Don that I’m not even interested as to your own particular religious flavor or denomination and as to the kingdom of God, well to quote one master….that “is within you!”

I only know that what is written as within, will be expressed as without and that is where my words come from….within. I myself will even use and quote from other people or books, but this I only do to show something that goes along with what I am expressing and then it is not their words that are the main thrust. I am not into bible thumping or sword duals as I believe one only has to look at the condition of the church today and there one will see the emptiness of shallow lives living in fear of what is to come. Fear is what guides so many today and so we tell folks to make a choice, choose god and live in heaven or choose not to do it god’s way and live in hell. And so by pointing the finger at these others we judge ourselves also as unfit, however if one would first judge themselves they would find no need for judging of others and would also find themselvs as not judged.

To quote from 1John 2:27 “And as for you, the anointing which you received from Him remains within you, and there is no need for any one to teach you. But since His anointing gives you instruction in all things—and is true and is no falsehood—you are continuing in union (oneness) with Him even as it has taught you to do.” What I am saying here Don is that this one verse out of the bible goes along with what I am saying to show that what I write, comes from within me….and as I meditate in my prayer closet, then what I have prayed in silence, Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh shouts from the rooftop of my being.

As I have said before Don, I do enjoy your comments so long as they are your words.
Thank you.

-- --frank, NH,

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#9 posted 02-20-2007 01:13 PM

Thanks for your comments, Frank.

First, I apologize if you were offended by my use of a long quote. I suppose I did so because the thoughts it contains parallel mine, and better expressed them.

One of the things I am always concerned about is pulling quotations out of their context. (I certainly can’t be accused of that.) One can find support for any position by resorting to employing non-contextual quotations.

For example the context of 1 John 2:27, from my understanding of this passage, teaches a quite different truth than the one to which you apply it. However, the application of this truth is most pertinent to the lengthy quote to which I resorted in my previous comment. JB Phillips paraphrase of this passage commencing at vs 22 and continuing to vs 28 is entitled, “Be on your guard against error”. May I suggest that a careful reading of the entire chapter will enclose the verse you quote in quite a different context, I believe, than the application you give it.

However, my friend, this is a woodworking blog, and as you so correctly state, not an appropriate place to be ”... into bible thumping or sword duals…”; I have always found such mental exercises entirely miss the heart of the matter anyway. Again, as you say, we can disagree about perspectives and still respect each other’s dignity and personage, and appreciate each other’s art.


-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#10 posted 02-20-2007 02:12 PM

Blessings on you also Don;
—-no offense was or has been taken, I just like talking and reading what a person writes who is responding to me, out of their own being. I will all-ways listen to what one says when they speak from within, I may then choose to disagree or agree, but in the end these are only my opinions.

This is what blogging is all about, real people writing from where they are….it’s not about being right or wrong….but just speaking words as only we can speak out of our own being. And I also like talking with and communicating with you Don, about wood and what remains within us as spiritual.


-- --frank, NH,

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