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Stephen McDonough

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in Xenia, Ohio, The United States


Father & Mother

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February 2012


Stephen holds a BA Degree in History from The Ohio State University. Also, he served as an Infantry Soldier in the US Army.

His main interests include reading, writing, painting, history, art, literature, Zen Buddhism, poetry, and yoga.

Finally, Stephen's artwork of Chinese style paintings and oil paintings are displayed throughout his book: Tao of Life and Death A Tale, (including the book's cover).

Tao of Life and Death A Tale
5 of 5 Stars *****

The Chinese word tao is usually translated as “way,” which seems simple and straightforward enough, until one investigates the wider implications of the term. Stephen McDonough’s marvelous book, Tao of Life and Death – A Tale, operates in much the same way—enjoyable at face value, but also full of deeper meaning.

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Average rating: 4.35 · 23 ratings · 11 reviews · 4 distinct works · Similar authors
Tao of Life and Death

4.32 avg rating — 19 ratings — published 2012 — 2 editions
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Ethereal White Mist

4.50 avg rating — 2 ratings — published 2014 — 2 editions
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Stephen McDonough Artwork

it was amazing 5.00 avg rating — 1 rating — published 2013
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Stephen McDonough Paintings

really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 1 rating — published 2011 — 2 editions
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“Sometimes what the heart wants,
The mind cannot abide.”
Stephen McDonough

“Feelings need not be shown to be felt. Words need not be spoken to understand. Silence, is sometimes the most eloquent lesson.”
Stephen McDonough

“Stripped of our clothes we are all naked, exposed to different human experiences. Stripped of our flesh, to the bone, we are the same.”
Stephen McDonough

“Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.”
Edgar Allan Poe, Eleonora

“Success is sometimes the outcome of a whole string of failures.”
Vincent van Gogh, Van Gogh

“If you hear a voice within you say you cannot paint, then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.”
Vincent van Gogh

“What preys on my mind is simply this one question: what am I good for, could I not be of service or use in some way?”
Vincent van Gogh, The Letters of Vincent van Gogh

“A great fire burns within me, but no one stops to warm themselves at it, and passers-by only see a wisp of smoke”
Vincent van Gogh

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