“When I think about her now, I see her as one of those stunningly prolific rose bushes from whose every stem erupts a gorgeous flower. Her gifts and charms were almost too much for me to handle. My mind liked to conceptualize people and situations, but Ilona refused to be subsumed under a single rubric. She burst forth in a dozen alluring ways. At one moment she would delight you with her girlishness. At the next, she’d stun you with a philosophical insight. She was the gregarious class president, but also a loner poet, sitting up late at night grappling with the morality of a cruel world. She was a gazelle, quick as light and graceful as a ballerina. She was a bunch of freesias: softly colored, small-cupped, and smelling of fresh apricots. She was the surprise of a stunning headline in the morning paper and the thrill of finding a dollar bill on the sidewalk. Ilona was sui generis, as different from other girls as a single white squirrel among millions of brown ones. She was curiosity personified, creativity enfleshed. She flashed like summer lightning and stunned like a seven-colored rainbow. She truly was a force of nature: she exuded that much vital force from her skinny, long-legged body.”

Richard Maddox

Richard Dietrich Maddox's writing focuses on the search for permanent happiness, the goal of finding paradise on earth, the attainment of human Enlightenment. His work, though fiction, attempts to convey the profound spiritual Truth passed on to humanity by Enlightened Masters. Maddox approaches spiritual wisdom from a Western level of experience, presenting characters to whom readers can easily relate, offering situations in which readers might well have found themselves. His work offers, in a style which those living in the West will find understandable, the possibility of blissful existence.

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