Happy Birthday To . . . E.B. & Fred

Happy Birthday To . . . E.B. & Fred

July 11, 1899 E.B. White "I have yet to see a piece of writing, political or non-political, that doesn't have a slant. All writing slants the way a writer leans, and no man is born perpendicular, although many men are born upright." July 11, 1926 Frederick Buechner...

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Happy Birthday To . . .  Cyril & Czeslaw

Happy Birthday To . . . Cyril & Czeslaw

June 30, 1909 C. Northcote Parkinson "The man who is denied the opportunity of taking decisions of importance begins to regard as important the decisions he is allowed to take." June 30, 1911 Czeslaw Milosz "Not that I want to be a god or a hero. Just to change into a...

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Poem: “Incendiary Art,” by Patricia Smith

Poem: “Incendiary Art,” by Patricia Smith

The city’s streets are densely shelved with rows of salt and packaged hair. Intent on air, the funk of crave and function comes to blows with any smell that isn’t oil—the blare of storefront chicken settles on the skin and mango spritzing drips from razored hair. The...

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Happy Birthday To . . . Jean & Alan

Happy Birthday To . . . Jean & Alan

June 23, 1910 Jean Anouilh "God is on everyone's side... and in the last analysis, he is on the side with plenty of money and large armies." June 23, 1912 Alan Turing "Science is a differential equation. Religion is a boundary condition."

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Poem: “Boy Breaking Glass,” by Gwendolyn Brooks

Poem: “Boy Breaking Glass,” by Gwendolyn Brooks

Whose broken window is a cry of art (success, that winks aware as elegance, as a treasonable faith) is raw: is sonic: is old-eyed première. Our beautiful flaw and terrible ornament. Our barbarous and metal little man. “I shall create! If not a note, a hole. If not an...

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Happy Birthday To . . . Auberon & Jurgen

Happy Birthday To . . . Auberon & Jurgen

June 18, 1838 Auberon Herbert "If we cannot by reason, by influence, by example, by strenuous effort, and by personal sacrifice, mend the bad places of civilization, we certainly cannot do it by force." June 18, 1929 Jurgen Habermas "Each murder is one too...

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Poem” “Duplex (I begin with love),” by Jericho Brown

Poem” “Duplex (I begin with love),” by Jericho Brown

I begin with love, hoping to end there. I don’t want to leave a messy corpse.          I don’t want to leave a messy corpse        Full of medicines that turn in the sun.   Some of my medicines turn in the sun. Some of us don’t need hell to be good.    ...

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Happy Birthday To . . . Augusto & Eleanor

Happy Birthday To . . . Augusto & Eleanor

June 13, 1917 Augusto Roa Bastos "The great principle of Justice: prevent crime rather than punish it. All that is needed to execute a guilty man is a firing squad or a hangman. To prevent there being guilty men requires great astuteness." June 13, 1937 Eleanor Holmes...

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Poem: “Quarantine,” by Eavan Boland

Poem: “Quarantine,” by Eavan Boland

In the worst hour of the worst season of the worst year of a whole people a man set out from the workhouse with his wife. He was walking—they were both walking—north. She was sick with famine fever and could not keep up. He lifted her and put her on his back. He...

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Happy Birthday To . . . Samuel & J.B.

Happy Birthday To . . . Samuel & J.B.

June 7, 1857 Samuel McChord Crothers "Try as hard as we may for perfection, the net result of our labors is an amazing variety of imperfectness. We are surprised at our own versatility in being able to fail in so many different ways." June 7, 1893 J.B. Morton "Justice...

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Poem: “Submerged,” by Lola Ridge

Poem: “Submerged,” by Lola Ridge

I have known only my own shallows— Safe, plumbed places, Where I was wont to preen myself. But for the abyss I wanted a plank beneath And horizons... I was afraid of the silence And the slipping toe-hold... Oh, could I now dive Into the unexplored deeps of me— Delve...

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Happy Birthday To . . . Richard & Scilla

Happy Birthday To . . . Richard & Scilla

June 3, 1804 Richard Cobden "For every credibility gap there is a gullibility gap." June 3, 1943 Scilla Elworthy "Wherever there is injustice, there is anger, and anger is like gasoline - if you spray it around and somebody lights a matchstick, you have an inferno....

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Poem: “Of History and Hope,” by Miller Williams

Poem: “Of History and Hope,” by Miller Williams

We have memorized America, how it was born and who we have been and where. In ceremonies and silence we say the words, telling the stories, singing the old songs. We like the places they take us. Mostly we do. The great and all the anonymous dead are there. We know...

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Poem: “We shouldn’t have to say,” by Sagirah Shahid

Poem: “We shouldn’t have to say,” by Sagirah Shahid

Thirteenth amendment couldn’t protect us from the war on drugs, after our leaders were jailed or shot our country pressed its fingers up against our spine but you should know we still want a new flag: Brave Like Martin Bronze Lit Movement Beautiful Like Malcolm...

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Poem: “The Silence of the Stars,” by David Wagoner

Poem: “The Silence of the Stars,” by David Wagoner

When Laurens van der Post one night In the Kalahari Desert told the Bushmen He couldn't hear the stars Singing, they didn't believe him. They looked at him, half-smiling. They examined his face To see whether he was joking Or deceiving them. Then two of those small...

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Essay: Small Things With Great Love

Essay: Small Things With Great Love

by Susan Ives There's a meme going around that says, “Of all the things I learned in elementary school, avoiding cooties was the last one I expected to use.” Are cooties still a thing? The kids from the old neighborhood – all of us in our 60s now – gave that a thumbs...

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Happy Birthday To . .  Harry & Roger

Happy Birthday To . . Harry & Roger

May 24, 1878 Harry Emerson Fosdick "He who chooses the beginning of the road chooses the place it leads to. It is the means that determines the end." May 24, 1928 Roger Caras "There are only three sins - causing pain, causing fear, and causing anguish."

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Poem: “Fear,” by Kahlil Gibran

Poem: “Fear,” by Kahlil Gibran

It is said that before entering the sea a river trembles with fear. She looks back at the path she has traveled, from the peaks of the mountains, the long winding road crossing forests and villages. And in front of her, she sees an ocean so vast, that to enter there...

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Thich Nhat Hanh: See the Universe in a Sunflower

Thich Nhat Hanh: See the Universe in a Sunflower

"I live in Plum Village, in the Dordogne region of southwest France, an area known for its sunflowers. But people who come to Plum Village in April do not see any sunflowers. They hear people saying that there are many sunflowers around, but they cannot see them...

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