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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Happy Birthday To . .  . Shunryu & Pope John Paul II

Happy Birthday To . . . Shunryu & Pope John Paul II

May 18, 1904 Shunryu Suzuki "If your mind is empty, it is ready for anything. In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities; in the expert's mind there are few." May 18, 1920 Pope John Paul II "Stupidity is also a gift of God, but one mustn't misuse it."

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Poem: “A Nation’s Strength,” by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Poem: “A Nation’s Strength,” by Ralph Waldo Emerson

What makes a nation's pillars high And its foundations strong? What makes it mighty to defy The foes that round it throng? It is not gold. Its kingdoms grand Go down in battle shock; Its shafts are laid on sinking sand, Not on abiding rock. Is it the sword? Ask the...

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Happy Birthday To . .  Armistead & Stevie

Happy Birthday To . . Armistead & Stevie

May 13, 1944 Armistead Maupin "The world changes in direct proportion to the number of people willing to be honest about their lives." May 13, 1950 Stevie Wonder "If you don't ask, you don't get."

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Happy Birthday To . .  Francis & Naomi

Happy Birthday To . . Francis & Naomi

May 8, 1592 Francis Quarles "Meditation is the life of the soul: Action, the soul of meditation; and honor the reward of action." May 8, 1970 Naomi Klein "Politics hates a vacuum. If it isn't filled with hope, someone will fill it with fear."

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Poem: “Television,” by Roald Dahl

Poem: “Television,” by Roald Dahl

The most important thing we've learned, So far as children are concerned, Is never, NEVER, NEVER let Them near your television set -- Or better still, just don't install The idiotic thing at all. In almost every house we've been, We've watched them gaping at the...

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Happy Birthday To . . . May & Pete

Happy Birthday To . . . May & Pete

May 3, 1912 May Sarton "One must think like a hero to behave like a merely decent human being." May 3, 1919 Pete Seeger "Education is when you read the fine print. Experience is what you get if you don't."

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Poem: “Calling All Grandmothers,” by Alice Walker

Poem: “Calling All Grandmothers,” by Alice Walker

We have to live differently or we will die in the same old ways. Therefore I call on all Grand Mothers everywhere on the planet to rise and take your place in the leadership of the world Come out of the kitchen out of the fields out of the beauty parlors out of the...

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