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There are two types of people in this world:  those who spend much of their life trying to “remember” the essence of existence, their deepest origins, and the most profound meanings of life. These are the “rememberers.”  On the other hand, there are those who focus most of their energies upon “adapting” to the circumstances...
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Interview With Thomas Armstrong, Ph.D.–Author of The Human Odyssey by Kelly Jad’on (originally published on Basil & Spice blog, December 7, 2007).   The author of 13 books, Thomas Armstrong, Ph.D., has spent his life writing and speaking about human development, with a particular focus on children. He has appeared on The Today Show, CBS This...
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At five years old a person should study the Scriptures at ten years for the Mishnah, at thirteen for the commandments, at fifteen for the Talmud, at eighteen for the bridechamber, at twenty for one’s life pursuit, at thirty for authority, at forty for discernment, at fifty for counsel, at sixty to be an elder,...
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The English poet and playwright William Shakespeare was acutely aware of our passage through time.  This theme interpenetrates virtually all of his work. In Sonnet 60 he writes:  “Like as the waves make toward the pebbled shore/So do our minutes hasten to their end.”  In Sonnet 64 he writes:  “When I have seen by Time’s...
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The ancient Greek lawgiver Solon divided the human life cycle into ten stages of seven years each: 0-7     –  A boy at first is the man; unripe; then he casts his teeth; milk-teeth befitting the child he sheds his 7th year; 7-14   –  Then to his seven years God adding another seven, signs of...
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