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Foliogem Guidance #3

Discovering something you forgot about without meaning to forget about it is a memorable experience. When I did my recent, unexpected revamp of my blog, I was taken aback by how much I had forgotten to remember to do. I vowed that, if I enjoy doing it, I would resurrect what was buried alive or left for dead. The foliogem is one such rebirth.

Here’s a recap…

Foliogem (fo-leo-jem). What’s that?

It’s my terminology for selecting a book, closing my eyes, fanning the pages, stopping, and trusting the page I see delivers a message.

Fun and surprisingly accurate – much like bibliomancy, which is associated primarily with the Bible – a foliogem is a guiding gem, not a prediction.

Look out for the foliogem if you revel in a bit of quirkiness and appreciate ‘book stuff.’

Scroll past the intro next time. I will leave it here for newcomers, and those who one-two-skip-a-few and then return to view.

This planet…

The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupéry

Excerpt from The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupéry

‘When the little prince arrived on the Earth, he was very much surprised not to see any people. He was beginning to be afraid he had come to the wrong planet, when a coil of gold, the colour of the moonlight, flashed across the sand.

“Good evening,” said the little prince courteously.

“Good evening,” said the snake.

“What planet is this on which I have come down?” asked the little prince.

“This is the Earth; this is Africa,” the snake answered.

“Ah! Then there are no people on the Earth?”

“This is the desert. There are no people in the desert. The Earth is large,” said the snake.

The little prince sat down on a stone, and raised his eyes toward the sky.

“I wonder,” he said, “whether the stars are set alight in heaven so that one day each one of us may find his own again…Look at my planet. It is right there above us. But how far away it is!”

“It is beautiful,” the snake said. “What has brought you here?”

“I’ve been having some trouble with a flower,” said the little prince.

“Ah!” said the snake.

And they were both silent.

“Where are the men?” the little prince at last took up the conversation again. “It is a little lonely in the desert…”

“It is lonely among men,” the snake said.’

What does this mean to you? How is it relevant to your life right now, on the day you read it?

Ta-ta ’til next time.


2 thoughts on “Foliogem Guidance #3

  1. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Johan. Apologies for replying long after you did so. For some reason, I was not notified, so missed it. I do think not feeling lonely among men is achieved when we have solitary interests and pursuits that enrich our lives, as well as occasions to share our inner riches with others. A nice balance, which you have described here.


  2. “Where are the men?” I cannot recall a time ever that I felt lonely. [Except perhaps as a child when I spent a few months in an isolation hospital, but I remember very little of that experience.] However, it does happen from time to time that, on having a really good session of togetherness [with solid discussions and good coffee] with friends of my own gender, that I think to myself: Now THAT was special.”

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