Category Archives: Essay

Article: On Happiness

What is happiness? It is a feeling of contentment or satisfaction. I am not referring to fleeting enjoyable moments or short experiences of pleasure, but an enduring sense of contentment and satisfaction with one’s life. This desire to feel happy is what motivates most people. To be happy is the meaning and purpose of human existence. Most people, don’t say to themselves, ” I am going to do this or that or some other thing so I can be happy.” Instead, the pursuit of happiness is carried out indirectly in one’s quest for pleasure or satisfying experiences. Continue reading

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Essay: On Compassion

Dave Hood “The simplest acts of kindness are by far more powerful than a thousand heads bowing in prayer.” ― Mahatma Gandhi We live in a world lacking in compassion. The sad reality of humanity is that the vast majority … Continue reading

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Essay: On Heroism

By Dave Hood Great heroes need great sorrows and burdens, or half their greatness goes unnoticed. It is all part of the fairy tale.”― Peter S. Beagle, The Last Unicorn “The hero’s story is always a journey. A hero leaves … Continue reading

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Short Essay: The Enchanting Shadow

By Dave Hood “Life itself is but the shadow of death, and souls departed but the shadows of the living,” noted Thomas Browne, 16th Century writer, physician, and philosopher. Since the dawn of time, the shadows of people, objects, things, … Continue reading

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Short Essay: The Pain of Waiting

Dave Hood “We never live; we are always in the expectation of living.” ―Voltaire Waiting is about expecting something to happen. Waiting can be like someone we dislike who challenges our patience and threatens our peace of mind. Sometimes one … Continue reading

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Essay: Appreciating Beauty in Everyday Life

By Dave Hood “Beauty saves. Beauty heals. Beauty motivates. Beauty unites. Beauty returns us to our origins, and here lies the ultimate act of saving, of healing, of overcoming dualism. Beauty allows us to forget the pain and dwell on … Continue reading

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Essay: On Writing a Memoir

By Dave Hood For many years, those who wrote memoirs shared true stories about something noteworthy or an unusual experience. I am thinking of The Liar’s Club by Mary Karr, Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt, and A Year of Magical … Continue reading

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