VIDEO: Compassion Action SA Lab with Ben O’Dell

San Antonio Faith-Based Initiative's casaLAB event on Jan. 29, 2019, featured Ben O'Dell, Faith Liaison with the Department of Health & Human Services in D.C. The casaLABs - Compassion Action San Antonio Labs - explore proven ways to become more compassionate...

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Happy Birthday To . . . Judith & Tommy

February 2, 1932 Judith Viorst "Strength is the capacity to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands—and then eat just one of the pieces." February 2, 1937 Tom Smothers "Freedom of expression and freedom of speech aren't really important unless...

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Poem: “BLK History Month,” by Nikki Giovanni

If Black History Month is not viable then wind does not carry the seeds and drop them on fertile ground rain does not dampen the land and encourage the seeds to root sun does not warm the earth and kiss the seedlings and tell them plain: You’re As Good As Anybody Else...

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Happy Birthday To . . . Frederico & Clarissa

January 27, 1934 Federico Mayor Zaragoza "We must construct a new set of values and attitudes to replace the culture of war which, for centuries, has been influencing the course of civilization. Winning peace means the triumph of our pledge to establish, on a...

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Ask the Horse

A Zen Tale A horse suddenly came galloping quickly down the road. It seemed as though the man had somewhere important to go. Another man, who was standing alongside the road, shouted, "Where are you going?" and the man on the horse replied, "I don't know! Ask the...

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Poem: “Bottled Water,” by Kim Dower

I go to the corner liquor store for a bottle of water, middle of a hectic day, must get out of the office, stop making decisions, quit obsessing does my blue skirt clash with my hot pink flats; should I get my mother a caregiver or just put her in a home, and I pull...

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Happy Birthday To . . Potter & Derek

January 23, 1915 Potter Stewart "Ethics is knowing the difference between what you have a right to do and what is right to do." January 23, 1930 Derek Walcott "Break a vase, and the love that reassembles the fragments is stronger than that love which took its symmetry...

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The Goatherd and the Wild Goats

One cold stormy day a Goatherd drove his Goats for shelter into a cave, where a number of Wild Goats had also found their way. The Shepherd wanted to make the Wild Goats part of his flock; so he fed them well. But to his own flock, he gave only just enough food to...

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Happy Birthday To . . . Catherine & David

January 17, 1829 Catherine Booth "If we are to better the future we must disturb the present." January 17, 1863 David Lloyd George "Don't be afraid to take a big step if one is indicated. You can't cross a chasm in two small jumps."

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Fable: The Astrologer

A man who lived a long time ago believed that he could read the future in the stars. He called himself an Astrologer, and spent his time at night gazing at the sky. One evening he was walking along the open road outside the village. His eyes were fixed on the stars....

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Happy Birthday To . . . Emily & Carl

January 8, 1867 Emily Greene Balch "Nothing can be woven out of threads that all run the same way." January 8, 1902 Carl Rogers "In my early professional years I was asking the question: How can I treat, or cure, or change this person? Now I would phrase the question...

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The Ass and the Load of Salt

A Merchant, driving his Ass homeward from the seashore with a heavy load of salt, came to a river crossed by a shallow ford. They had crossed this river many times before without accident, but this time the Ass slipped and fell when halfway over. And when the Merchant...

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Happy Birthday To . . . Douglas & JRR

January 3, 1803 Douglas William Jerrold "A conservative is a man who will not look at the new moon out of respect for that 'ancient institution' the old one." January 3, 1892 JRR Tolkien "It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near...

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Poem: “Found,” by Frederick Buechner

Maybe it’s all utterly meaningless. Maybe it’s all unutterably meaningful. If you want to know which, pay attention to what it means to be truly human in a world that half the time we’re in love with and half the time scares the hell out of us… The unexpected sound of...

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Happy Birthday To . . Simon & Junot

December 31, 1908 Simon Wiesenthal "For evil to flourish, it only requires good men to do nothing." December 31, 1968 Junot Díaz "You can never run away. Not ever. The only way out is in."

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Poem: “Honey,” by Connie Wanek

Luxury itself, thick as a Persian carpet, honey fills the jar with the concentrated sweetness of countless thefts, the blossoms bereft, the hive destitute. Though my debts are heavy honey would pay them all. Honey heals, honey mends. A spoon takes more than it can...

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Poem: “Relativity,” by D. H. Lawrence

I like relativity and quantum theories because I don't understand them and they make me feel as if space shifted about like a swan that can't settle, refusing to sit still and be measured; and as if the atom were an impulsive thing always changing its mind.

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Happy Birthday To . . . Carlos & Jean

December 25, 1931 Carlos Castenada "We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same." December 26, 1894 Jean Toomer "We learn the rope of life by untying its knots."

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Poem: “Don’t Quit,” by John Greenleaf Whittier

When things go wrong as they sometimes will, When the road you're trudging seems all up hill, When the funds are low and the debts are high And you want to smile, but you have to sigh, When care is pressing you down a bit, Rest if you must, but don't you quit. Life is...

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Poem: “Take Heart,” by Jeanne Murray Walker

Who can grieve for it all? The standard-bearer, seeing his right hand shot off, grabs the flag with his left and shouts God Bless America! as he charges up the hill. An Iraqi child shoos flies from her brother’s corpse. News, they call it. The gospel of atrocities....

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Happy Birthday To . . Rebecca & Samuel

December 21, 1892 Rebecca West "Did St. Francis preach to the birds? Whatever for? If he really liked birds he would have done better to preach to the cats." December 21, 1948 Samuel L. Jackson "People know about the Klan and the overt racism, but the killing of one's...

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Poem: “Famous,” by Naomi Shihab Nye

The river is famous to the fish. The loud voice is famous to silence, which knew it would inherit the earth before anybody said so. The cat sleeping on the fence is famous to the birds watching him from the birdhouse. The tear is famous, briefly, to the cheek. The...

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Poem: “The Last Day,” by Lucille Clifton

we will find ourselves surrounded by our kind          all of them now wearing the eyes they had only imagined possible and they will reproach us with those eyes in a language more actual than speech asking why we allowed this to happen...

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