eRipples v3.21: Ripples of CRAYONS

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eRipples: your free weekly splash of inspiration
from Paul & The Ripples Project
version 3.21: Ripples of CRAYONS
Monday, May 14, 2001

PEBBLE ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*

There is no one I cannot teach something to,
and no one I cannot learn something from.
-original source unknown, submitted by

BOULDER ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*

We could learn a lot from crayons:
some are sharp,
some are pretty,
some are dull,
some have weird names,
and all are different colors…
but they all have to learn how to live in the same box…
-original source unknown, submitted by Bridget Kesner

PONDER ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*

It is always a treat to color in a new state on my “places I’ve been”
map, so I was excited to accept an invitation to address the Utah
Leadership Academy which was held last week in Ogden, Utah. The
mountains were magnificent, the Great Salt Lake was serene, and the
leaders I spent time with were among the most engaging I have ever

I was also intrigued with the cultural climate and found myself
surprisingly nervous about the potential “values conflicts” I might
encounter. After all, I live in progressive Madison, Wisconsin and
imagined the more conservative flavor of Utah with its rich Mormon
history might be intimidating.

Fear tends to be rooted in a basic fear of the unknown; it took me
only a few minutes to discover that the conference participants had
much in common with my own value system. We had differences, of
course, and those differences fueled discussions that challenged us
to re-think some of our perceptions! In the end, it was our common
passion for helping others that allowed us to teach together, learn
together, and laugh together!

I’ll have to find a special color for Utah so I can remember the
amazing scenery and my awesome new friends!

On another note, we are gearing up for a series of BIG CHANGES for
eRipples! My trusted website designer and technology wizard is
creating an expanded home for The Ripples Project which will include
the archives of eRipples as well as a new store where you can
purchase notecards, posters, and Ripples Cards! We are anticipating
a smooth transition, but we’re also counting on your patience as we
iron out the inevitable bumps in the road!


Paul Wesselmann… Read More!

Ripples v1.29: Ripples of Magic

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Ripples, version 1.29 [8/2/99] ©1999 Stone Soup Seminars

PEBBLE ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly;
what is essential is invisible to the eye.
Original Source: The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Submitted by: Kristi Sherrard

BOULDER ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~

We all start out knowing magic.
We are born with whirlwinds, forest fires, and comets inside us.
We are born able to sing to birds and
read the clouds and see our destiny in grains of sand.

But then we get the magic educated right out of our souls.
We get it churched out, spanked out, washed out, and combed out.
We get put on the straight and narrow and told to be responsible.
Told to grow up, for God’s sake.

And you know why we were told that?
Because the people doing the telling
were afraid of our wildness and youth,
and because the magic we knew
made them ashamed
of what they’d allowed
to whither
in themselves.

Original Source: Robert R. McCammon
Submitted by: Robin Gunning

PONDER ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*

You are different than everyone else. YOU ARE DIFFERENT, and you are
living in a society that does not handle difference very well.

But deep down, every individual on this earth knows that in order to be
truly unique, truly special, every other individual on this planet has to
be different also.

That excites us, and it terrifies us.

So take off your mask this week. Show everyone in your path how AMAZINGLY
different and special you are. Anticipate that many people will celebrate
you, and be prepared that some people will ridicule you. And remember that
when they do, they are simply showing you how afraid they are of their own

Peace to you,

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