Poem: “On Good and Evil,” by Kahlil Gibran

Poem: “On Good and Evil,” by Kahlil Gibran

And one of the elders of the city said, Speak to us of Good and Evil. And he answered: Of the good in you I can speak, but not of the evil. For what is evil but good tortured by its own hunger and thirst? Verily when good is hungry it seeks food even in dark caves,...

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Happy Birthday To . .  Dan & Al

Happy Birthday To . . Dan & Al

August 6, 1775 Daniel O'Connell "Nothing is politically right which is morally wrong." August 6, 1808 Alfred, Lord Tennyson "Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers."

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Happy Birthday To . . . Robert & Barack

Happy Birthday To . . . Robert & Barack

August 4, 1810 Robert Purvis "It is the safeguard of the strongest that he lives under a government which is obliged to respect the voice of the weakest." August 4, 1961 Barack Obama "Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the...

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Poem: “May We (a prayer),” by Holly Wren Spaulding

Poem: “May We (a prayer),” by Holly Wren Spaulding

May we come together after so many bitter words and such division. May our minds open to the experience and points of view of those who are not just like ourselves. May we heal from sexism, racism, bigotry, and misunderstandings of all kinds. May we have imagination...

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Poem: “Any Morning,” by William Stafford

Poem: “Any Morning,” by William Stafford

Just lying on the couch and being happy. Only humming a little, the quiet sound in the head. Trouble is busy elsewhere at the moment, it has so much to do in the world. People who might judge are mostly asleep; they can’t monitor you all the time, and sometimes they...

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Happy Birthday To . . . Karl & Anne

Happy Birthday To . . . Karl & Anne

July 28, 1902 Karl Popper "We should therefore claim, in the name of tolerance, the right not to tolerate the intolerant." July 28, 1924 Anne Braden "Either you find a way to oppose the evil, or the evil becomes part of you and you are a part of it, and it winds...

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Poem: “Love Letter to a Stranger,” by Jenny Browne

Poem: “Love Letter to a Stranger,” by Jenny Browne

Tell us of a bypassed heart beating in 12C, how the woman holds a stranger’s hand to the battery sewn in beneath her collarbone, and says feel this. Tell us of the man’s ear listening across the aisle, hugging itself, a fist long since blistered by blaze. Outside,...

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Happy Birthday To . .  Simon & Bella

Happy Birthday To . . Simon & Bella

July 24, 1783 Simon Bolivar "Judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment." July 24, 1920 Bella Abzug "Our struggle today is not to have a female Einstein get appointed as an assistant professor. It is for a woman schlemiel to get as quickly...

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Happy Birthday To . . . Stephen & Jessamyn

Happy Birthday To . . . Stephen & Jessamyn

July 17, 1937 Stephen Levine "If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say? And why are you waiting?" July 18, 1902 Jessamyn West "It is very east to forgive others their mistakes; it takes more...

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A Franciscan Benediction

A Franciscan Benediction

May God bless us with discomfort At easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships So that we may live from deep within our hearts. May God bless us with anger At injustice, oppression, and exploitation of God’s creations So that we may work for justice,...

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Get Your Immigrant Rights Red Cards

Get Your Immigrant Rights Red Cards

All people in the United States, regardless of immigration status, have certain rights and protections under the U.S. Constitution. The Know Your Rights Red Cards were created to help people assert their rights and defend themselves against constitutional violations....

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Happy Birthday To . .  Henry and Oscar

Happy Birthday To . . Henry and Oscar

July 12, 1817 Henry David Thoreau "If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away." July 12, 1895 Oscar Hammerstein "You've got to be taught...

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Happy Birthday To . .  Dorothy & Myles

Happy Birthday To . . Dorothy & Myles

July 9, 1893 Dorothy Thompson "The most destructive element in the human mind is fear. Fear creates aggressiveness." July 9, 1905 Myles Horton “Nothing will change until we change — until we throw off our dependence and act for ourselves.”

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POEM: “Unison Benediction,” by May Sarton

POEM: “Unison Benediction,” by May Sarton

Return to the most human, nothing less will nourish the torn spirit, the bewildered heart, the angry mind: and from the ultimate duress, pierced with the breath of anguish, speak of love. Return, return to the deep sources, nothing less will teach the stiff hands a...

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Happy Birthday To . . . Satchel & David

Happy Birthday To . . . Satchel & David

July 7, 1906 Leroy Satchel Paige "Don't look back. Something might be gaining on you." July 7, 1933 David McCullough "History is a guide to navigation in perilous times. History is who we are and why we are the way we are."

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Poem: “Good Bones,” by Maggie Smith

Poem: “Good Bones,” by Maggie Smith

Life is short, though I keep this from my children. Life is short, and I’ve shortened mine in a thousand delicious, ill-advised ways, a thousand deliciously ill-advised ways I’ll keep from my children. The world is at least fifty percent terrible, and that’s a...

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Happy Birthday To . .  Abby & Ann

Happy Birthday To . . Abby & Ann

July 4, 1918 Abigail Van Buren "People who fight fire with fire usually end up with ashes." July 4, 1918 Ann Landers "Keep in mind that the true measure of an individual is how he treats a person who can do him absolutely no good."

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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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Happy Birthday To . .  David & Diana

Happy Birthday To . . David & Diana

July 1, 1912 David Brower "When people say, 'You're not being realistic,' they're just trying to tag some thoughts that they can't otherwise handle." July 1, 1961 Princess Diana "Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge...

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POEM: “Bear in Mind,” by John Martin

POEM: “Bear in Mind,” by John Martin

A bear is chasing me through a meadow and I’m running as fast as I can but he’s gaining on me—it seems he’s always gaining on me. I’m running and running but also thinking I should just turn around and say, “Stop it! Stop chasing me. We both know you aren’t going to...

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