QUOTES from Manda’s – 1999 Journal Inside Cover

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“…we must not forget that the human soul, however independently our philosophy represents it as being, is inseparable, in tis birth and in its death, from the universe into which it is born….it is we, who, through our own activity, must industriously assemble the widely scattered elements…Thus, every man, in the course of his life, must only show himself obedient and docile.  By his fidelity he must build…a work, an opus, into which something enters from all the elements of the earth.  HE MAKES HIS OWN SOUL throughout his earthly days.”

-The Divine Milieu

“Long as I can see the light, I’ll be coming home soon.”

– Credence Clearwater Revival

“It’s like being in a dark room.  You can stand still, too afraid of hurting yourself to move around.  Or, you can keep going, and have faith that it will be okay.

-Mark Davis

“The secret of life is enjoying the passage of time.”

-James Taylor

“I’ll make it to the moon if I have to crawl.”

-Red Hot Chili Peppers

“All things must pass…pass away.”

-George Harrison

“I was the first to realize what dreams are bound to wake up: real.  And snatches of speech, caught in passing, and chance meetings along the road, these too have secret meanings.”

-Aeschylus, “Prometheus Bound”

“…a sense of security, a truce was established between the present hour and the irresistible and disastrous future imparted to me a kind of calm forgetfulness of which the human mind is by its structure peculiarly susceptible.”

-Mary Shelley, Frankenstein

“I can do it all; why can’t I have it all?”

-Sula, Toni Morrison

“You can get it if you really want it, but you must try, try, and try, try and try, and you’ll succeed at last.”

Jimmy Cliff

“I’m biding my time; hitching my wagon to another star; who knows where I’ll be a day from now.”


“Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your mind.”


“One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.”


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My love for God, home and hearth, my husband and family fueled my decision to devote the rest of my life only to pursuits which brought love, joy, peace, and purpose. I am a writer, seeker, student, and teacher with experience professional and otherwise from waitressing to teaching the English language in China, Taiwan, and Singapore. I hold a BA in Psychology from Bloomsburg University, which took nearly 30 years to attain while I squeezed courses in between raising my children, journaling, relationships, work, and an assortment of escapades, some of which I would rather forget! An ongoing passion for reading, writing, adventure, food, and fun, eventually led me to the love of my life, James, whom I met in 1996 and married in 1997. Our life together has been an exciting journey of work and travel, spiritual awakening, and domestic bliss ever since. Although we have experienced the tragic loss of family members and friends through death and estrangement, we have managed to turn our special relationship into a holy one by the grace of God and an acute and growing awareness of “there must be a better way!” In 2006, I published my first novel, Luella’s Calling, and am currently working on my second, Grover Good and the Stone Chateau. From 2013 through 2018, I worked as a Prevention Education Specialist for Transitions, a local domestic violence sexual abuse victim’s service agency. My work there, fueled by a lifelong enthusiasm for teaching, led me to obtain an MS in Education from Scranton University. In 2018, I resigned to accompany James on his work travels while focusing on my calling to study and teach A Course in Miracles. To that end, I dedicate the rest of my days to writing, sharing, and teaching the message of salvation found within the Course pages. Thank you for your interest in this blog. As I do not respond to comments on the posts, if you care to contact me, please email me at eckief@yahoo.com.

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