Union Station
Occasional Picture December 2011

Union Station, Kansas City, Missouri, decorated during the holiday season. From this hall is the entrance to Science City, a children's museum that is worth a day visit for your family. Also, there is a train ride for kids for a small fee and a miniature train exhibit that opens after Thanksgiving.

From Union Station you can take the enclosed walkway to Crown Center where it is also enjoyable to visit during the holidays with its shops and restaurants. There is also a holiday-themed exhibit and display for the kids to enjoy at the lower level.

Union Station Kansas City Missouri

© 2011 Marina Rundell


It’s the holidays where many will find peace. For some who may find frayed nerves instead, here are some words that may help.

Excerpt from Dr. Wayne W. Dyer’s book, Change Your Thoughts--Change Your Life:

“In this chapter of the Tao Te Ching, you’re being advised to maintain a sense of serenity regardless of what you may see taking place around you. Moreover, you’re being told that the true master knows that the ability to stay calm is always located within. From this perspective, there’s no need to assign responsibility to others for how you feel. Even though you may live in a world where blame and faultfinding are endemic, you will own your feelings and actions. You will know that the circumstances don’t determine your state of mind, for that power rests with you. When you maintain a peaceful inner posture, even in the midst of chaos, you change your life.”

“The wisdom of this verse of the Tao Te Ching prompts you to know that you have a choice. Do you want to be in a state of confusion or to have a tranquil inner landscape? It’s up to you! Armed with this insight, the Tao master doesn’t allow an external event to be a disturbance. Lao-tzu tells you that assigning blame for your lack of calmness will never bring you to the state of being that you’re striving to attain. Self-mastery only blossoms when you practice being aware of, and responsible for, what you’re feeling.”

“This particular part of the Tao Te Ching is one that you’ll probably want to immerse yourself in repeatedly. After all, what could be better than the freedom of going through life without feeling that people and circumstances control you without your permission?”

“Are you depressed? Irritated? Frustrated? Exhilarated? Ecstatically in love? Whatever your current state, if you believe that a changing economic picture or a tapestry of events taking place around you is responsible—and you then use these external factors to explain your inner state of mind—you’ve lost touch with your root. Why? Because you’re allowing yourself to be ‘blown to and fro’ by the shifting winds of circumstance.”

“The solution for a life of unrest is choosing stillness. The quiet of the Tao is oblivious to any turmoil in the world of the 10,000 things. Be like the Tao, advises Lao-tzu: ‘The still is the master of unrest.’ You have a choice in every moment, so you can decide to be a host to God and carry around with you the calmness that is the Tao, or you can be a hostage to your ego, which insists that you can’t really help feeling disorderly when you’re in circumstances that resemble pandemonium.”





I’ll deliver to you pepperoni
anything that rhymes
with me.

Because you see
you were the thirteen-year woman
for me.

Didn’t you see after three?
As a bonus you told
on me.

But forgiveness I can godfather in
since forever you’re the friend
for me.

So if I become President
I’ll hand toss you my specialty,
for you and all to be
the four-year woman
for me.

© 2011 Marina Rundell


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