Consider this...

"We find ourselves, not as a central player in the life of the cosmos, but as a tiny epiphenomenon, flourishing for a brief moment as we ride a wave of increasing entropy from the Big Bang to the quiet emptiness of the future universe. Purpose and meaning are not to be found in the laws of nature, or in the plans of any external agent who made things that way; it is our job to create them." - Sean Carroll, "From eternity to here"

John is worried about what will happen during 2012 … and the succeeding years. Unfortunately, optimism is not featured on the menu. He sees it like this.

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In an effort to be optimistic, John proposes these wonderful quotations, especially destined to travelers, readers and music lovers — John’s friends.

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Thanks to recommendations from sister Marjie and friend Jean, 2011 was a year when John was introduced to a number of authors he had never read — some recent, some less so. These included Nick Tosches, Cormack McCarthy and Junot Diaz. But there are some old acquaintances on the list too.

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At the end of the last exciting episode, we left off just as signals were racing up the optic nerves from the retina, en route for the brain!

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