Poem: “He took a few cups of love,” by Muhammad Ali

Poem: “He took a few cups of love,” by Muhammad Ali

He took a few cups of love. He took one tablespoon of patience, One teaspoon of generosity, One pint of kindness. He took one quart of laughter, One pinch of concern. And then, he mixed willingness with happiness. He added lots of faith, And he stirred it up well....

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Happy Birthday to . . . Philip & Martin

Happy Birthday to . . . Philip & Martin

January 15, 1889 A. Philip Randolph "A community is democratic only when the humblest and weakest person can enjoy the highest civil, economic, and social rights that the biggest and most powerful possess." January 15, 1929 Martin Luther King, Jr "Darkness cannot...

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Happy Birthday To . . . Sam & Kahlil

Happy Birthday To . . . Sam & Kahlil

January 6, 1882 Sam Rayburn "Any jackass can kick down a barn, but it takes a good carpenter to build one." January 6, 1883 Kahlil Gibran "When we turn to one another for counsel we reduce the number of our enemies."

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CONTINUE: a poem, by Maya Angelou

CONTINUE: a poem, by Maya Angelou

My wish for you Is that you continue          Continue To be who and how you are To astonish a mean world With your acts of kindness          Continue To allow humor to lighten the burden Of your tender heart          Continue In a society dark with cruelty To let the...

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Poem: “I know the way you can get,” by Hafiz

Poem: “I know the way you can get,” by Hafiz

I know the way you can get When you have not had a drink of Love: Your face hardens, Your sweet muscles cramp. Children become concerned About a strange look that appears in your eyes Which even begins to worry your own mirror And nose. Squirrels and birds sense your...

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Happy Birthday To . . . Woodrow & Denzel

Happy Birthday To . . . Woodrow & Denzel

December 28, 1856 Woodrow Wilson "In the Lord's Prayer, the first petition is for daily bread. No one can worship God or love his neighbor on an empty stomach." December 28, 1954 Denzel Washington "You pray for rain, you gotta deal with the mud too. That's a part of...

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Poem: “Allow,” by Diane Faulds

Poem: “Allow,” by Diane Faulds

There is no controlling life. Try corralling a lightning bolt, containing a tornado. Dam a stream and it will create a new channel. Resist, and the tide will sweep you off your feet. Allow, and grace will carry you to higher ground. The only safety lies in letting it...

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Happy Birthday To . . . Robert & Margaret

Happy Birthday To . . . Robert & Margaret

December 23, 1926 Robert Bly "It’s all right if you grow your wings on the way down." December 23, 1943 Margaret MacMillan "An apology offered and, equally important, received is a step towards reconciliation and, sometimes, recompense. Without that process, hurts can...

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Poem: “Unconditional,” by Jennifer Welwood

Poem: “Unconditional,” by Jennifer Welwood

Willing to experience aloneness, I discover connection everywhere; Turning to face my fear, I meet the warrior who lives within; Opening to my loss, I gain the embrace of the universe; Surrendering into emptiness, I find fullness without end. Each condition I flee...

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Happy Birthday To . . . Morihei & Margaret

Happy Birthday To . . . Morihei & Margaret

December 14, 1883 Morihei Ueshiba "As soon as you concern yourself with the 'good' and 'bad' of your fellows, you create an opening in your heart for maliciousness to enter. Testing, competing with, and criticizing others weaken and defeat you." December 14, 1897...

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Happy Birthday To . . . John & Tip

Happy Birthday To . . . John & Tip

December 9, 1608 John Milton "He that studieth revenge keepeth his own wounds green, which otherwise would heal and do well." December 9, 1912 Tip O'Neill "All politics is local."

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Poem: “Making Life Worth While,”  by George Eliot

Poem: “Making Life Worth While,” by George Eliot

Every soul that touches yours - Be it the slightest contact - Get there from some good; Some little grace; one kindly thought; One aspiration yet unfelt; One bit of courage For the darkening sky; One gleam of faith To brave the thickening ills of life; One glimpse of...

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Happy Birthday To . . . Abbie & David

Happy Birthday To . . . Abbie & David

November 30, 1936 Abbie Hoffman "You measure a democracy by the freedom it gives its dissidents, not the freedom it gives its assimilated conformists." November 30, 1947 David Mamet "Every reiteration of the idea that nothing matters debases the human...

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Two Farming Brothers

Two Farming Brothers

This story is passed down in both Hebrew & Arab versions. In the Hebrew version, King Solomon is believed to have built the first temple on the ground where the two brothers met and embraced. In the Arab version, at the end of the story: "In the morning, each brother...

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Happy Birthday To . .  Dale & Bruce

Happy Birthday To . . Dale & Bruce

November, 24 1888 Dale Carnagie "If you want to gather honey, don't kick over the beehive." November 24, 1946 Bruce Bueno de Mesquita "There is an interesting interplay between power corrupting and corruption empowering. The causality does not go one way."

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Happy Birthday To . . . Indira & Zygmunt

Happy Birthday To . . . Indira & Zygmunt

November 19, 1917 Indira Gandhi "You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist." November 19, 1925 Zygmunt Bauman "Power, in a nutshell, is the ability to get things done, and politics is the ability to decide which things need to be done."

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The Wrong Place

The Wrong Place

A father before he died said to his son: “this is a watch your grandfather gave me, and is more than 200 years old. But before I give it to you, go to the watch shop on the first street, and tell him I want to sell it, and see how much he offers you”. He went, and...

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Happy Birthday To . . . Oliver & Vachel

Happy Birthday To . . . Oliver & Vachel

November 10, 1730 Oliver Goldsmith "You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips." November 10, 1879 Vachel Lindsay "You can't crush ideas by suppressing them. You can only crush them by ignoring them."

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To Be Hopeful

To Be Hopeful

"TO BE HOPEFUL in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness. What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives....

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Happy Birthday To . . . Eugene & Will

Happy Birthday To . . . Eugene & Will

November 5, 1855 Eugene V. Debs "While there is a lower class, I am in it, while there is a criminal element, I am of it, and while there is a soul in prison, I am not free." November 5, 1885 Will Durant "Truth always originates in a minority of one, and every custom...

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Poem: “Epitaph,” by Merrit Malloy

Poem: “Epitaph,” by Merrit Malloy

When I die Give what’s left of me away To children And old men that wait to die. And if you need to cry, Cry for your brother Walking the street beside you. And when you need me, Put your arms Around anyone And give them What you need to give to me. I want to leave...

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