“Rings of Life”

“Watching the smoke rings appear, float, rise, stretch, warp, grow faint, and disappear, watching them swallow motes of polygonal dust, glow in the full glare of the sunshine, outline a leaf on the apple tree outside the window, mingle with an amorphous cloud of passing vapor, turn into surprised or smiling mouths, and then finally break up and merge with everything around them, reminded Skylar of the course of human lives. Some people came into life finely formed and others malformed; some rose quickly and lived long while others never went anywhere and died young; some people hardly changed as they aged, showing as adults only older and bigger housings of the personalities they had revealed as children; others changed dramatically as time passed, transforming and expanding themselves; and some gleamed angelic, while others sought the shadows.”

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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