A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.
― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Beauty and Goodness

By Peter Darcy | On Jul 25, 2016 | No Comments

When I was no longer of this world, I would miss its extravagant beauty. I would miss the complex and charming layers of subterfuge by which the truth of the world’s mysteries were withheld from us even as we were tantalized and enchanted by them. I would miss the kindness of good people who were compassionate when so many were…

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Description of an Arcade

By Peter Darcy | On Jul 22, 2016 | No Comments

The machines beeped, rang, tolled, chimed, bleated, tweedled, whistled, rattattooed, boomed, shrieked, squealed, ululated, roared like gunning engines, emitted scraps of bombastic music, the screams of virtual victims, twinkled, flashed, strobed, and scintillated in all known colors, and swallowed quarters, dollars, more voraciously even than the iconic Pac Man had once gobbled cookies off a million arcade screens in an…

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Description of a Baby

By Peter Darcy | On Jun 20, 2016 | No Comments

“His eyes are so beautiful,” said the nurse who passed him into his mother’s arms. The boy was beautiful in every regard, his face smoother than that of most newborns, as if he had come into the world with a sense of peace about the life ahead of him in this turbulent place; and perhaps he had arrived with unusual…

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Expectations

By Peter Darcy | On May 29, 2016 | No Comments

I did not define life expectancy by the length of life, however, but by the quality of it, by what I expect from it and by how well my expectations are met. What I have learned…is that the more you expect from life, the more your expectations will be fulfilled. By laughing, you do not use up your laughter, but increase your…

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Grief

By Peter Darcy | On May 13, 2016 | No Comments

Grief can destroy you – or focus you. You can decide a relationship was all for nothing if it had to end in death…. Or you can realize that every moment of it had more meaning than you dared to recognize at the time, so much meaning it scared you, so you just lived, just took for granted the love…

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Hope

By Peter Darcy | On May 8, 2016 | No Comments

Even in the darkest moments, light exists if you have the faith to see it. Fear is a poison produced by the mind, and courage is the antidote stored always ready in the soul. In misfortune lies the seed of future triumph. They have no hope who have no belief in the intelligent design of all things, but those who…

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Intelligent Design

By Peter Darcy | On May 1, 2016 | No Comments

The disturbing but undeniable allure of this future world was different from the beauty of the world now past, not just in the nature of its landscapes but in its fundamental quality. Beauty is truth, truth beauty: Philosophers for ages had said that beauty was proof of design by a higher power, because living things could function just as well…

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Meaning of the Universe

By Peter Darcy | On Apr 23, 2016 | No Comments

Not everything that happens during the day is an omen portending a good or evil development in the future, but everything has meaning to one degree or another, for the world is an ever-weaving tapestry from which no thread can be pulled without destroying the integrity of the cloth. The breadth of Creation makes it impossible for us to step…

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To My Wife

By Peter Darcy | On Apr 16, 2016 | No Comments

To Gerda. In the thousands of days in my life, the most momentous was – and always will be – the day we met. [Dean Koontz, From the Corner of His Eye (Bantam Books: New York, NY, 2012), Dedication page.]

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