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I Want What You Have

A Buddhist monk was walking barefoot down a dusty road when he stepped on something sharp. It stuck in his heel, so after a few steps he stopped to pull it out. Lo and behold! It was a very beautifully carved and very valuable gemstone. The monk rinsed it off at a...

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Happy Birthday To . . . Geronimo & John

June 16, 1829 Geronimo "I cannot think that we are useless or God would not have created us. There is one God looking down on us all. We are all the children of one God. The sun, the darkness, the winds are all listening to what we have to say." June 16, 1931 John...

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“Things I Learned Walking,” by Patricia Killian Deaton

Winter bares the creek line, the skeletons of fallen trees. Summer hides it all with green. Don’t forge ahead, trying to take in everything. Stroll sometimes. Level ground can fall away unexpectedly. Wear good shoes, layer clothes. Take enough to drink. Have tissue...

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Happy Birthday To. . . Harriet & Anne

June 12, 1802 Harriett Martineau "You better live your best and act your best and think your best today; for today is the sure preparation for tomorrow and all the other tomorrows that follow." June 12, 1929 Anne Frank "How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a...

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Happy Birthday To . . . Eric and Gustavo

June 8, 1917 Eric Hobsbawm "Utopianism is probably a necessary social device for generating the superhuman efforts without which no major revolution is achieved." June 8, 1928 Gustavo Gutiérrez "So you say you love the poor? Name...

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Poem: “Wild Geese,” by Mary Oliver

You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves. Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine. Meanwhile the world goes...

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Happy Birthday To . . .Thomas & Cornel

June 2, 1840 Thomas Hardy "A resolution to avoid an evil is seldom framed till the evil is so far advanced as to make avoidance impossible." June 2, 1953 Cornel West "You've got to be a thermostat rather than a thermometer. A thermostat shapes the climate of opinion;...

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Poem: “Go In and In,” by Danna Faulds

Go in and in. Be the space Between two cells, the vast, resounding silence in which spirit dwells. Be sugar dissolving on the tongue of life. Dive in and in, as deep as you can dive. Be infinite, ecstatic truth. Be love conceived and born in union. Be exactly what you...

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Happy Birthday To . . Walt & Norm

May 31, 1819 Walt Whitman "The genius of the United States is not best or most in its executives or legislatures, nor in its ambassadors or authors or colleges, or churches, or parlors, nor even in its newspapers or inventors, but always most in the common people."...

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Poem: “Integrity,” by Adrienne Rich

the quality of being complete; unbroken condition; entirety ~ Webster A wild patience has taken me this far as if I had to bring to shore a boat with a spasmodic outboard motor old sweaters, nets, spray-mottled books tossed in the prow some kind of sun burning my...

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Happy Birthday To . . . William & Barry

May 28, 1759 William Pitt the Younger "Unlimited power is apt to corrupt the minds of those who posses it; where law ends, tyranny begins." May 28, 1917 Barry Commoner "If you can see the light at the end of the tunnel, you are looking the wrong...

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Poem: “All the Hemispheres,” by Hafiz

Leave the familiar for a while. Let your senses and bodies stretch out Like a welcomed season Onto the meadow and shores and hills. Open up to the Roof. Make a new watermark on your excitement And love. Like a blooming night flower, Bestow your vital fragrance of...

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Happy Birthday To . . Betty & Coleman

May 22, 1943 Betty Williams "We believe in taking down the barriers, but we also believe in the most energetic reconciliation among peoples by getting them to know each other, talk each other's languages, understand each other's fears and beliefs, getting to know each...

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Poem: “The Lovers of the Poor,” by Gwendolyn Brooks

The Lovers of the Poor arrive. The Ladies from the Ladies’ Betterment League Arrive in the afternoon, the late light slanting In diluted gold bars across the boulevard brag Of proud, seamed faces with mercy and murder hinting Here, there, interrupting, all deep and...

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Do What You Can

THERE was once a farmer who had a large field of corn. He harrowed it and weeded it with the greatest care, for he wanted to sell the corn and buy good things for his family with the money. But after he had worked hard, he saw the corn wither and droop, for no rain...

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Happy Birthday To . . . Frank & Bruce

May 15, 1856 L. Frank Baum "There is no living thing that is not afraid when it faces danger. The true courage is in facing danger when you are afraid." May 15, 1935 Utah (Bruce) Phillips "The Earth is not dying, it is being killed, and those who are killing it have...

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Something It Is Not

Huitse said to Changtse, “I have a tree, and though it is large its trunk is so irregular and gnarled and its branches so twisted that it cannot be used for lumber. It stands right by the roadside, yet no carpenter will look at it. Your words are like that tree, big...

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Happy Birthday To . . . Jiddu & Armistead

May 12, 1895 Jiddu Krishnamurti "It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society." May 13, 1944 Armistead Maupin "The world changes in direct proportion to the number of people willing to be honest about their...

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Poem: “Always we hope,” by Lao Tzu

Always we hope Someone else has the answer Some other place will be better, Some other time it will all turn out. This is it. No one else has the answer No other place will be better, And it has already turned out. At the center of your being You have the answer, You...

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Happy Birthday To . . . Rick & Bono

May 10, 1955 Rick Steves "Fear is for people who don't get out very much." May 10, 1960 Bono "Idealism detached from action is just a dream. But idealism allied with pragmatism, with rolling up your sleeves and making the world bend a bit, is very exciting. It's very...

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Happy Birthday To . . . Dan & Willie

May 9, 1921 Daniel Berrigan "There is no peace because the making of peace is at least as costly as the making of war - at least as exigent, at least as disruptive, at least as liable to bring disgrace and prison and death in its wake." May 9, 1944 William (Willie) C....

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