NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR.The reflections contained between the covers of this book are not necessarily intended to entertain but to evoke thought. They are ideas captured by words as simply and concisely as I can present them, and I fully acknowledge mere words often provide only the crudest of outlines. This is not a bad thing, however, because then it is left to the reader to fill in the spaces with creations from his or her own imagination and life experience. The result can be something even better than effortless entertainment. It can lead to such oddities as THINKING, INTROSPECTION, and REFLECTIVE REASONING. It is my hope that my thoughts might inspire you, the reader, to put into words some reflections of your own, since there has never been a more appropriate or pressing time for all voices to be heard.