The Best of Bits & Pieces - Book Three

Though this is the third set of 200 articles that Hopkins has selected for The Best of Bits and Pieces, Book Three, it is, in actuality, as were the two preceding, a series consecutively published during a four-year period; this betwixt 12 and 16 years previous.

Though, sadly, midway of the compilation of the book previous to this, the Little Lady, his wife, the love of his life, for 52 years, quietly joined for eternity the company of the angels, in a heaven she strongly believed in. Time has lessened little his love for her or passion in her memory, as she was the incentive of practically every article that flowed then from his pen.

For a man who, as a youth, has walked rural routes experiencing the art of a one-furrow plow, pulled by a heavyset team of quick stepping Percheron, the rapid evolution of electronics, bringing an end to the industrial century, has been without doubt a humungous challenge. But encouragement and comments from many friends and readers have kept him plug, plug, plugging along.

The insistent nudging of the computer's spellcheck, though indoor and more sedentary than the dappled rumps of the prancing Percherons, has been a great help in the art of turning one's own furrow. This, coupled with the magic of e-mail, has kept his mind alert, and up to date, though lagging, perhaps, in perception of the frequent updates in communication technology.

The flow of the universe is undoubtedly connected symbiotically. In all life there is a coherence with man, bird, plant and animal, no matter how big or small, one no less important than the other. The air we breathe, the water we drink, the sun that shines, and the wind that blows are shared in proportion to need by one and all.

One day we will wake up and realize that we, the world's population, are one family. The desire for peace, social justice, and sustainability will bring about a cultural reform that will encircle the globe.

It is toward the gaining of this not impossible goal, though lacking evolution reality within the short span of single life, that encourages one to pass on the thoughts repeatedly tumbling, though tangled, within an active, caring mind.

When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.