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I long to be around people who challenge me to grow and ponder in ways that make my inner world richer and somehow, because of them, I bring to others something of value.  This morning, as I checked my e mail, I went on a one-hour adventure …

One of my friends had a facebook post that led me to her page.  By scrolling down, I followed a year of her life.  In addition to grandchildren and children and work-related trips, there were many posts of snippets of philosophers, theologians, world events … I felt like my brain grew three sizes from the half hour I spent "with" her.  It was like attending a conference for expansion of the soul.

The daily blogs that magically arrive take me far beyond my IQ:

– a post on the Mystery of the Trinity … an eloquent description of the intimate dance God does with himself and with us – always enjoying and pursuing relationship.

-a post announcing the merger of several small companies with an invitation to meet the new conglomeration.  A quick glance at the page told me I will be exploring this site for days to come. So many opportunities here!

-yet another post providing ideas about how to make my writing stronger.

When I was a kid, I wanted to go back in time and hang out in monestaries – because these were the learned people of their era.  They had access to the only written books and the conversations that pulled people out of the mundane.  

From the time I could read, my mom would take me to the library once a week .  I would check out entire sections (like the whole shelf).  When I was little, we used a bag, but as I grew older, I found I could get more books if I stacked them.  I would check out as many books as I could place one-on-top-of-the-other between my chin and my hands (between 20-24 books!).  Then I would read them all, cover to cover, and return, then repeat.  All summer long.

Now, the internet is my library.  There is a plethora of information that is absolutely provocative. There are so many amazingly cool people out there.  It's just a matter of finding them and then hanging with them.  

And some of them, I am privileged to know in real life.

Today, I feel so wealthy.