The following is from a section in my new book, titled Growing Up Together.  I introduce readers to Joseph Ellin, my friend who was a philosopher.  The quote is taken from Joe's book Morality and the Meaning of Life.

To have meaning in your life requires that you create a meaningful life for yourself through interesting activities; but this is evidently not enough.  Unless some morality also enters your life--love, friendship, loyalty, trust, contribution--your life will be less than fully meaningful and not very meaningful at the end.  This justification is not the ultimate (the universe does not care whether your life creates morality) but perhaps it is the most ultimate justification for morality we can attain.

     Perhaps, given the daily dose of angst we are now receiving from those who have lost sight of meaning in their life, or never learned any meaning exists other than their own malignant narcissism, Joe's words have more resonance than ever.

     Joe died a few years ago but I miss him more than ever.  He was an adult in a world where there are fewer and fewer adults.  It fascinates me to imagine what he would think of the chaos that has befallen us.  In my book, I tell the story of how we met and his life as a teacher and philosopher.  I don't believe we need to be rich, or a celebrity in order to have a life that can be an example to others. Otherwise, adolescent attitudes have taken over.

     If you think you might be interested in my book, let me know here or via messenger.  

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Comment by Arthur James on November 30, 2017 at 7:57pm




Ya's not podulata

@ Facebook ?

Ya'a got a Friend?

Cherish as if Ya;s 

Friend is Gorgeous

AS Fine Gold sand?

No. Precios?

As Precious

as Precious

Jewell and 

Beyond Price...

Thank Joe...

I read and sense'



It nest to hop

in bed sack and

be restored and'

redeemed... aye

Be Healthy...

as Holy


I stop 

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Our Salon

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in a flower, and to the

Universe in the Palm

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Comment by Arthur James on December 1, 2017 at 5:35am


I soon...

will reread the book by

George Carlin


When will Jesus

Bring The Pork chops?


He wrote :

Brain Droppings and

Napalm & Silly Putty.


Comment by J.P. Hart on December 7, 2017 at 1:23pm

Where'd we be without these 'just poor boys'? The Dimaggios Benjamins Johnnies Tommie Kinds---so in love with lassies just like Bonnie? That little bit funny big Al, Robertos Frankies Connies and Lonnys, Sammys and Richys marching out-of-step-RIGHT-YO Danny Boy? wrong-LEFT-song?
As the microwave prompts & the startled old man would open the icebox door. Let us pray! The cat's away clawed atop racing spooked-horses. It can't be so you're gone.
One more sound? Will it be heard? Borrowing again from the righteous J Cash: you're welcome at the home of the blues, BZ; looking forward to your spiral pass from the 42 yard line - - - you rock and roll soul so sublime!!!!!
Hey Ben Zen! You say how and I'll say when. Of course ol' friend Bobby gone toward twilight-night-delight...naked in that road-proofed sleeping sack with golden Roberta; such maladapted lovers and wishful thinkers. Pages turning, night lite bright~
All these what ifs - - - coming of age: oh sage! oh rage! Tranquil the darkness as waves disappear. Like a four leaf clover on bentgrass, this.


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