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The World

The greater the belief that humans control our own destiny, the more horrific is the reality that we are really quite puny. We take little time to experience the grandeur around us. The world is a friend whom you never let down, as it can deliver great treasures and unveil great turmoil. Despite our cleverness, earthquakes shake down mighty cities and floods erase the countrysides. As you don't abandon a friend, do not abandon others around our world. If we do not swim to rescue the hand outstretched in the water, soon it will be our own.

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Lilac's Book

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Lilac's Book. A book for my daughter.    By Bill Orton.

Lilac's Book has been on   HIPPYLAND LOGO   continuously since January 3, 1997.

Anyone may have a FREE copy of the entire text of Lilac's Book by going to the Download page.

Back in 1994, I wrote this book, largely in random order, as a gift for my infant daughter.   When I finished the first version of the book, I made photocopies and handed them out to anyone who was interested.   In 1996, I converted the text of the book into web format and thanks to the gracious and steadfast support from this mighty site, the book has been on Hippyland continuously since January 3, 1997.   As far as I can tell from webstats over the past few years, about 3000 people a year are visiting the page to download the full text of the book.   If just a portion of these visitors are downloading the text, then this free book is now in the hands of thousands of people.   This makes me feel that the gift is not just for Lilac, but for thousands of others, most especially for the teenagers and young adults who so often write to me trying to figure out their place in our world.

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