RKS Literature: Freedom and Individuality

“The only freedom which deserves the name, is that of pursuing our own good in our own way, so long as we do not attempt to deprive others of theirs or impede their efforts to attain it. Each is the proper guardian of his own health, whether bodily, or mental or spiritual. Mankind are greaterContinue reading “RKS Literature: Freedom and Individuality”

RKS Literature: Passage of the Day: “The Communist Manifesto”

“The bourgeoisie, wherever it has got the upper hand, has put an end to all feudal, patriarchal, idyllic relations. It has piteously torn asunder the motley feudal ties that bound man to his “natural superiors,” and left no other nexus between man and man than naked self-interest, than callous cash payment. The bourgeoisie possess theContinue reading “RKS Literature: Passage of the Day: “The Communist Manifesto””

RKS Literature: Passage of the Day: Narcotics and COVID

“Always attuned to changes in the mood of the market, drug dealers had quickly realized the advantageous commercial consequences of a year of continual stress. When the numbers of the infections increased, so had the need to find drug-induced solace in what seemed like the Valley of the Shadow of Death. When the numbers decreased,Continue reading “RKS Literature: Passage of the Day: Narcotics and COVID”

RKS Literature: Passage of the Day: Artists and Politicians

“But artists, he had long since concluded, were rather like politicians in their interest in the tasteful appearance of truth rather than the truth itself. “ Donna Leon “Give Unto Others” : Atlantic Monthly Press 2022

RKS Literature Passage of the Day: Isabel Allende’s Short Story “Two Words”

“The day Belisa Crepusculario found out that words fly about loose, with no master, and that anyone with a little cunning can catch them and start a trade. She reflected on her own situation, and realized that, other than becoming a prostitute in a rich man’s kitchen, there were few jobs that she could do.Continue reading “RKS Literature Passage of the Day: Isabel Allende’s Short Story “Two Words””

Passage of the Day: The Sensation of Pain and Your Thoughts and Feelings

“If you are willing to turn toward the pain, accept it, observe it, and not run from it, it can teach you a great deal. Above all, you learn that you can work with it. You learn that pain is not a static experience: it is constantly changing. You come to see that that theContinue reading “Passage of the Day: The Sensation of Pain and Your Thoughts and Feelings”

Passage of the Day: Symptoms and Mindfulness

“When you look into a symptom with the full power of mindfulness, whether it is muscle tension, a rapid heartbeat, shortness of breath, fever or pain it gives you much more of a chance to remember to honour your body and listen to the messages it is trying to give you. When we fail toContinue reading “Passage of the Day: Symptoms and Mindfulness”

Passage of the Day: “Workaholism”

“If you feel stressed and dissatisfied by family life, for instance, then work can be used as a wonderful excuse for never being home. If your work gives you pleasure and you get positive feedback from colleagues, if you feel in control when you are there, if you have power and status and feel productiveContinue reading “Passage of the Day: “Workaholism””

Passage of The Day: What is Mindfulness?

“Mindfulness is the act of consciously focusing the mind in the present moment, without judgement and without attachment to the moment. Mindfulness contrasts with automatic, habitual or rote behavior. When we are mindful we are awake, like a sentry guarding the gate. When we are mindful, we are open to the fluidity of each momentContinue reading “Passage of The Day: What is Mindfulness?”

Passage of the Day from the Late Rebecca Wasserman-Hone Credited With Putting Burgundy Wines on the Map in America

“A wine is not to be discussed, it is to be drunk and give happiness and joy and a nice feeling to people. Sounds of appreciation are weightier than words. We grade by ‘oohs’ and ‘mmms’, six being the ultimate accolade.”