: a situation in which someone or something must do or have something
: something that a person must have: something that is needed in order to live or succeed or to be happy
: a strong feeling that you must have or do something



Need (n.): Old English nied (West Saxon), ned (Mercian) “necessity, compulsion, duty; hardship, distress; errand, business,” originally “violence, force,” from Proto-Germanic nauthiz or naudiz, probably cognate with Old Prussian nautin “need,” and perhaps with Old Church Slavonic nazda, Russian nuzda, Polish nędza “misery, distress,” from Proto-Indo-European naudeath, to be exhausted.”

The more common Old English word for “need, necessity, want” was ðearf, but they were connected via a notion of “trouble, pain,” and the two formed a compound, niedðearf  “need, necessity, compulsion, thing needed.”  Nied also might have been influenced by Old English neod desire, longing,” which often was spelled the same. Common in Old English compounds, such as niedfaru “compulsory journey,” a euphemism for “death;” niedhæmed “rape,” the second element being an Old English word meaning “sexual intercource;” niedling “slave.” Meaning “extreme poverty, destitution” is from c. 1200.




“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”

Anne Frank (1929-1945, teen writer who went into hiding during the Holocaust, journaling her experiences in “The Diary of Anne Frank”)

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“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's needs, but not every man's greed.”

Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948, a revolutionary philosopher, leader, and spiritual nonviolent revolutionary, whose philosophy had a major impact on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the rest of the world; King considered Gandhi to be “the greatest Christian of the modern world”)

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“‘This man has conquered the world! What have you done?’ The philosopher replied without an instant's hesitation, ‘I have conquered the need to conquer the world.’”

Steven Pressfield (b. 1943, historian and author of historical fiction, non-fiction, and screenplays)

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“Our labor preserves us from three great evils -- weariness, vice, and want.”

Voltaire 1694-1778, Francois-Marie d’Arouet, better known by his pen name; French writer and public activist, who defined the 18th –century movement, Enlightenment)

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“Immature love says: ‘I love you because I need you.’ Mature love says: ‘I need you because I love you.’”

Erich Fromm (1900-1980, German-born American psychoanalyst and social philosopher who explored the interaction between psychology and society; he believed mankind could develop a psychologically balanced “sane society;” also best known for writing the book, “The Art of Loving”)

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“We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass-grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls.”

Mother Teresa (1910-1997, canonized as Saint Teresa of Calcutta in 2016, the founder of the Order of Missionaries of Charity, a Roman Catholic congregation of women dedicated to helping the poor, considered one of the greatest humanitarians of the 20th century)

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“Having someone wonder where you are when you don't come home at night is a very old human need. ”

Margaret Mead (1901-1978, anthropologist and women’s rights activist, best known for her studies and publications on cultural anthropology; also known for her influential novel, “Coming of Age in Samoa”)

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“To succeed, you need to find something to hold on to, something to motivate you, something to inspire you.”

Tony Dorsett (b. 1954, Hall of Fame football running back for the Dallas Cowboys who played for 12 seasons; a four-time All American at University of Pittsburgh, who also won the 1976 Heisman Trophy)

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“We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass-grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls.”

Mother Teresa


Hello, sojourners!   I’ve been quiet for a bit, and needed to take some time away to reflect and balance my spirits.   It wasn’t something I planned.  I just needed to step back and prioritize, as my calendar was filling up a flow of great activities.

Also, I wanted to come back to writing and my exploration of words with fresh eyes.  The ability to creatively write are gifts, and I knew if I continued to push it would end up feeling like a chore.  So, I let go, let go of the illusions and perceived expectations of what I should do or be, most of which I imposed on myself.

Now that I am a little more rested, it feels great to create joyously.

I am surrendering to Life and to its possibilities, exploring my curiosities and passions.  I want deeper access to my intuition, psychic gifts, and the dimensions of my mind and heart.  I want to read the dozens of books I have piled on my night-stand, and filter and synchronize as much information as I can.  I want to sing again, create art and beauty, write in many different genres, play a musical instruments, travel and see more of our world, learn new things and speak different languages, meet lots of interesting people, and so much more.  Most importantly, I want to do so unhurried, in the void of quiet and at peace.

My need is to love deeper and expansively, a continuous dive into The Stream of astounding beauty and silence.

Written With Love, Tonya




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