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Location: Seattle
Gender: Male
Born: Indeed!
Interests: Living life fully
Member: Standard
Joined: September 2014
Iv'e had a successful career as a mental health therapist. I am now retired at the age of 60 due to health related issues. I have always been a prolific reader and love to write. I've decided it's time to reinvent myself as a legitimate author and poet. So here I am fulfilling my second- half-of-life dream. ~Peace & Grace~
"It's never too late to be what you once might have been" ~Henry David Thoreau~
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rjpurdy: May your inspiration be ignited by the energy of good and purified in the fire of life.

January 9, 2015 at 12:53AM
    rama devi: Yes! :)
    January 9, 2015 at 2:09PM

rjpurdy: Tell me in one word what Christmas means to you. A tall order I know. For me, that word is FAITH.

~Peace & Grace~ my friends
December 12, 2014 at 9:43PM
    Kingsland: Giving, would be the one word for me. I seriously don't see what faith has to do with Christmas at all. But if it's the word you see for that holiday, then so be it...
    December 12, 2014 at 10:18PM
    nor84: My mother, father, favorite sister all died (in different years) the week before Christmas. I'm afraid I'm never in the holiday spirit.
    December 13, 2014 at 1:04AM
    rjpurdy: I'm sorry for your loss nor, what a huge burden to carry
    December 13, 2014 at 2:19AM
    juliesibs: Love is my word. It just seems that people are nicer this time of year. It's a shame it's not all the time.
    December 13, 2014 at 9:53AM
    Linda Engel: Oh Nor, so sorry, too. have you be blessed with a little bit of cheer.
    My word is decorations. I love to decorate and have pretty lights. A dark room with just Christmas lights and hot coco.
    December 13, 2014 at 10:28AM
    Jackarrie: Family is my word, I love to be altogether at this time of the year.
    December 17, 2014 at 1:51PM
    pipersfancy: 'Hope' would be my word.
    January 16, 2015 at 2:00PM

November 28, 2014 at 1:43PM
    alf collier: Congratulations for win! It was a great read and well deserved. Alf Collier
    November 29, 2014 at 3:06AM
    RodG: Congratulations on winning the Final Words contest with "The Bleeding Chalice." A really fine story of miracles and an ironic twist.
    November 29, 2014 at 11:38AM
    rjpurdy: Alf and Rod, thank you both so much for the kind regards. Greatly appreciated.
    November 29, 2014 at 11:03PM

rjpurdy: "Stop looking for the light at the end of the tunnel. Be the light in the tunnel."
November 15, 2014 at 2:45PM
    Kingsland: Better yet, stay out of that tunnel, it's cold and wet in there...
    November 15, 2014 at 3:28PM
    Veeb: .... and the light might be an oncoming locomotive.
    November 21, 2014 at 10:19PM
    rjpurdy: Or the oncoming light may be the presence of the Divine.
    November 22, 2014 at 2:32PM

rjpurdy: Be yourself! Everyone else is already taken."

~Oscar Wilde~
October 26, 2014 at 11:39AM
    rjpurdy: Smiles to you my Gift!
    October 26, 2014 at 3:11PM
    st francis: One of my fav's :)
    November 28, 2014 at 12:45PM

rjpurdy: I am no longer subject to man's law. I answer to a higher to a higher authority.
October 25, 2014 at 4:56PM
    adewpearl: That always works out best when the speaker and whoever else are in accord about what higher law is - when we get in trouble is when the speaker, thinks, for instance, that higher law dictates he gun down abortion doctors or protest at the funerals of gays because in his mind, that is what God has told him to do.
    October 25, 2014 at 6:16PM
    mrsmajor: A very interesting statement, however, although spiritually, many of us do answer to a higher law, we still must abide by the laws of the land...Remember Caesar's things to Caesar, and God's thing to God...
    October 25, 2014 at 6:36PM
    rjpurdy: Such spot on replies, and in hindsight a very controversial post. My meaning is that God holds me to a higher standard of human being and goodness than the human community does.
    October 25, 2014 at 7:42PM
    Imogen JH: God is not the ruler of this system of things. Therefore man is allowed to rule despite making a complete 'pigs ear' of it.

    As much as we might wish, we cannot remove ourselves from the world.
    October 26, 2014 at 8:36AM
    rjpurdy: But as long as we are here we can live joyfully according to the law of the universe
    October 26, 2014 at 11:36AM

rjpurdy: Be inspired! Then pen it in the most eloquent of ways.
October 20, 2014 at 11:43AM
    rama devi: Nice! Love your profile quote too: "All wisdom is plagery. Only stupidity is original."

    ~Suffi Proverb~

    Great Sufi wisdom!
    October 23, 2014 at 10:11PM
    rjpurdy: caught my Sufi typo rd. Now I feel compelled to edit again. Thank you for the comment my friend. How nice it is to see your name when I open my home page. ~Namaste~
    October 24, 2014 at 2:23AM
    rama devi: *namaste!*
    October 24, 2014 at 2:33PM

rjpurdy: "Stop waiting for the storm to pass and start dancing in the rain."
October 8, 2014 at 9:19PM
    acerisestory: Great quote, R.J.! If we wait too long, we won't be able to dance.
    October 9, 2014 at 5:02PM
    rjpurdy: Indeed! But my heart is always up for a good romp. I read your very impressive home page acerisestory. So accomplished. My lovely wife is also a hospice chaplin. Rod
    October 10, 2014 at 2:11AM

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