Yesterday whispers
today into tomorrow,
nothing ever dies.
Thought itself lives on inside
Stories with No Books. Hawaii_3I majored in philosophy because all of my life I have been wondering WHY.  I thought philosophy classes would help me answer some of my questions, but all it did was create more. Oh well. I eventually realized that there is more truth to be found in nature than in most books. So now I am unlearning everything I previously learned.

Love a good story, I do! Without pen, pencil, or paper–I watch life write itself in a slightly different way each day. There are fascinating stories everywhere, so my attention tends to wander.  As a result, my theme is no theme. Some people call this sort of mental wandering ‘Attention Deficit Disorder’ (ADD), so follow at your own risk 😉   ~ms!   

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  1. You have an interesting blog.


  2. Thom Hickey says:

    Thanks. Delighted to have found your blog. Lots to explore! Regards from Thom at the immortal jukebox (drop a nickel!)


  3. cindy knoke says:

    I have no idea why I got unfollowed from you. I am an admirer of your photography!


  4. Uncle Spike says:

    Hey there Newbie Spikey!
    (for your info, a Spikey is the term for folk who are part of the clan known to be followers of Uncle Spike 🙂

    I wanted to catch up and say “thank you… I really appreciate your ‘follow’ as I for one, know how many interesting and entertaining blogs are out there.”

    Blogging since June 2013, my aim is to deliver an eclectic offering of posts, from my ‘point n shoot’ attempts at basic photography, to the sharing of my travel adventures over the decades, as well as day to day happenings here on the farm. Oh, plus a few observations, opinions and lighter-hearted stuff thrown in for good measure.

    I normally keep to a couple of posts a day, maybe 3-4 at weekends if I have something special to share. But if you are at a loose end one day, maybe you’ll enjoy trawling through some of my older stuff too. I have added plenty of categories to help in said digging process.

    Thanks again and hope you have a great day…



    • I’m not a newbie, Uncle Spike. I’m an oldie. I have been reading for quite awhile. I thought I was a follower, but I must have fallen off the follower list somehow, so I just added myself back on. 🙂

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      • Uncle Spike says:

        Bugger, I thought so….!!

        I was looking back through my lists last night and couldn’t make the connection (lost of followers has its down side too), doh, my humble apologies 🙂

        I thought…. do I ‘ignore’ (nope), assume my gut was right and ‘welcome back’ (but if wrong, stoopid), or go for ‘new’…. oops, got that wrong.

        Know what you mean though, WP does like to ‘forget’ sometimes…. frustrating I know.
        Anyway, thanks for correcting me… my grey cell count must be increasing somewhat, that’s all !


  5. exoligu says:

    And because you like the WHY question, I will propose you one (inspired by Kant): Why does it take courage to think with our own mind?


    • Many different reasons why it takes courage to think with one’s own mind.
      If what one thinks is different from what other people think….
      Could be shunned, laughed at, considered a complete idiot, and/or killed. Look how frightening it was for the first person who said the world was round. He was right, but in the eyes of the others he was totally wrong. Over time, many people have been tortured and killed for coming to conclusions that were not shared by others.

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  6. petrel41 says:

    Congratulations, Mary!

    I have nominated your blog for the Real Neat Blog award.

    More about this nomination is at



  7. Don Royster says:

    I am a firm believer in that Yogism: If you come to a fork in the road, take it. That’s what I do.


  8. Don Royster says:

    I finally figure the Why of things. They are there so we can ask Why. For instance; We ask, “Why are they doing that stupid thing they do?” The answer: So we can ask why are they doing that stupid thing they are doing.


  9. Great blog. Glad to have found you.
    Happy New Year!


  10. Hello Mary

    I love your blog. Sorry to hear about your moving challenges. Somehow God and the Universe has a way of making these things come together in the end. I know you already know this. I absolutely loved hearing you sing the song Ave Maria. That song was my teacher Mr. Ambrister’s favorite song. He played it all the time. He said it reminded him of a past life when he lived in Italy. He would sing that song on the gondola. Hearing you sing it reminded me of him. I had to try hard to hold back the tears as you sang beautifully.

    When I heard you singing I was reminded how much we spiritual bloggers are all truly connected. I am so happy to have met you.

    Peace and Blessings



    • Thank you, Craig
      I do know what you say is true. Thing usually work out in the end. But, when I am in the middle of something stressful, I always wonder…uh oh…maybe this is the time when it’s not going to be OK and it’s not going to work out.
      Singing has always been what I have instinctively turned to when I was upset or worried. Some people thought it might not be possible but, 3 months after I had lung cancer surgery (last May 2015), I agreed to sing “God Bless America.” I didn’t how well I would do, but I NEEDED to sing.
      Now that I think about it, it definitely was a meditation. I had to find a way to block the feeling of fear, every time I took a breath. My ribs still hurt and there wasn’t the same amount of air that I had before the surgery. But, with the strength of the 70 voice RCS chorus singing right behind me, I found the courage to go on. After every breath, I went back into the thought within the words. I posted the .mp3 music file at: https://storieswithnobooks.com/2016/01/01/wordpress-worldwide-family/
      And you are absolutely right. We are all spiritually connected!

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  11. ivor20 says:

    Hi Mary, thank you for stopping by and reading one of my poems, muchly appreciated, I hope you enjoyed reading my humble writings, and I’m from Geelong, Australia. Cheers. Ivor 🌏


    • Thanks Ivor– I certainly did enjoy reading your writing!
      I am from Texas, U.S.A.


      • ivor20 says:

        Oh that’s wonderful, I’ve quite a number of Texas blog friends. I’m pleased I’ve found you, I like the look of wonderful site, and I’m now following 💛 ☺️ Haven’t read your posts yet, I’m computerless until Thursday, and I can’t get much done on my little phone


  12. clivebennett796 says:

    I too grew up wondering WHY – though followed a somewhat different direction – studying Psychology. My mind has always wandered – so yes some ADD tendencies – although frustrated teachers labelled me an ‘Intellectual Dilettante’; which I was quite proud of at the time but have since learned that it was meant to be slightly derogatory! I have a son who is Dyspraxic and together we have some amazing mental journeys and bizarre (well to others) conversations. So I shall, now that I have found your blog, follow your writing with great interest and anticipation.


    • I just saw your comment, written about a month ago?
      Those with wandering minds are not always that organized!
      Thank you for your kind words.
      I am going to come over to your blog right now, and take a closer look…
      before I forget. 🙂

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  13. othermary says:

    Nice to “Meet” you Mary. Thanks for visiting me, the Other Mary!

    Liked by 1 person

  14. dilipnaidu says:

    What you say is absolutely true “there is more truth to be found in nature”👌. Nature is a manifestation of the Supreme Being and so if we listen and we learn the meaning of life.
    Thank you and regards 💐

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