Happy Birthday To . .  Julia & Hubert

Happy Birthday To . . Julia & Hubert

May 27, 1819 Julia Ward Howe "Ambitious people climb, but faithful people build." May 27, 1911 Hubert Humphrey "Compassion is not weakness, and concern for the unfortunate is not socialism."

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Happy Birthday To . .  Arthur & Harvey

Happy Birthday To . . Arthur & Harvey

May 22, 1859 Arthur Conan Doyle "When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth." May 22, 1930 Harvey Milk "The fact is that more people have been slaughtered in the name of religion than for any other single reason....

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Poem: “Man Eating,” by Jane Kenyon

Poem: “Man Eating,” by Jane Kenyon

The man at the table across from mine is eating yogurt. His eyes, following the progress of the spoon, cross briefly each time it nears his face. Time, and the world with all its principalities, might come to an end as prophesied by the Apostle John, but what about...

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Happy Birthday To . . . Anna & Tara

Happy Birthday To . . . Anna & Tara

May 17, 1794 Anna Jameson "In morals what begins in fear usually ends in wickedness; in religion what begins in fear usually ends in fanaticism. Fear, either as a principle or a motive, is the beginning of all evil." May 17, 1953 Tara Brach "Feeling compassion for...

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Poem: “Cockroach,” by Anne Sexton

Poem: “Cockroach,” by Anne Sexton

May 17, 1794 Anna Jameson "In morals what begins in fear usually ends in wickedness; in religion what begins in fear usually ends in fanaticism. Fear, either as a principle or a motive, is the beginning of all evil." May 17, 1953 Tara Brach "Feeling compassion for...

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Working for justice requires never-ending vigilance

Working for justice requires never-ending vigilance

Roach, foulest of creatures, who attacks with yellow teeth and an army of cousins big as shoes, you are lumps of coal that are mechanized and when I turn on the light you scuttle into the corners and there is this hiss upon the land. Yet I know you are only the common...

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Happy Birthday To . . . Richard & Florence

Happy Birthday To . . . Richard & Florence

Working for justice requires never-ending vigilance by Mario Marcel Salas The human spirit seeks a better world. We battle for the dignity of humankind at every level. We should always be apprehensive for those marginalized and left in vulnerable positions. However,...

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Happy Birthday To . . . Robert & Rabindranath

Happy Birthday To . . . Robert & Rabindranath

It is a kind of love, is it not? How the cup holds the tea, How the chair stands sturdy and foursquare, How the floor receives the bottoms of shoes Or toes. How soles of feet know Where they’re supposed to be. I’ve been thinking about the patience Of ordinary things,...

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Happy Birthday To . . . Jacob & Pete

Happy Birthday To . . . Jacob & Pete

by Rebecca Flores Rebecca Flores was United Farm Workers director in Texas from 1975 to 2005. United Farm Workers co-founder César Chávez reminded us during the “Wrath of Grapes” campaign in the 1980s that farmworkers are like the canaries in the coal mine. If the...

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Poem: “It May Not Comfort You,” by Robert Francis

Poem: “It May Not Comfort You,” by Robert Francis

It is a kind of love, is it not? How the cup holds the tea, How the chair stands sturdy and foursquare, How the floor receives the bottoms of shoes Or toes. How soles of feet know Where they’re supposed to be. I’ve been thinking about the patience Of ordinary things,...

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Poem: “True or False,” by John Ciardi

Poem: “True or False,” by John Ciardi

It May Not Comfort You It may not comfort you to know— But if the time should ever come When lily and delphinium Are trampled to their doom And only weeds are left to grow— (Where has the gardener gone? And who will mow the lawn?) It may be comfort in your need To...

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Happy Birthday To . . . Nell & Terry

Happy Birthday To . . . Nell & Terry

Real emeralds are worth more than synthetics but the only way to tell one from the other is to heat them to a stated temperature, then tap. When it’s done properly the real one shatters. I have no emeralds. I was told this about them by a woman who said someone had...

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Poem: “Ethics,” by Linda Pastan

Poem: “Ethics,” by Linda Pastan

April 28, 1926 Nell Harper Lee "Real courage is when you know you're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what." April 28, 1948 Terry Pratchett "It's not worth doing something unless you were doing something that someone,...

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Happy Birthday To . . . Ludwig & Carol

Happy Birthday To . . . Ludwig & Carol

May 17, 1794 Anna Jameson "In morals what begins in fear usually ends in wickedness; in religion what begins in fear usually ends in fanaticism. Fear, either as a principle or a motive, is the beginning of all evil." May 17, 1953 Tara Brach "Feeling compassion for...

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Happy Birthday To . . . Rollo & Helen

Happy Birthday To . . . Rollo & Helen

The man at the table across from mine is eating yogurt. His eyes, following the progress of the spoon, cross briefly each time it nears his face. Time, and the world with all its principalities, might come to an end as prophesied by the Apostle John, but what about...

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Poem: “On Living,” by Nazim Hikmet

Poem: “On Living,” by Nazim Hikmet

I went to the bird with the human head, and asked, Please Sir, where is God? God is too busy to be here on earth, His angels are like one thousand geese assembled and always flapping. But I can tell you where the well of God is. Is it on earth? I asked. He replied,...

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Happy Birthday To … Charlie & Wendell

Happy Birthday To … Charlie & Wendell

More than the fuchsia funnels breaking out of the crabapple tree, more than the neighbor's almost obscene display of cherry limbs shoving their cotton candy-colored blossoms to the slate sky of Spring rains, it's the greening of the trees that really gets to me. When...

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