Happy Birthday To . . . Jacob & Pete

Happy Birthday To . . . Jacob & Pete

May 3, 1849 Jacob Riis "I'd look at one of my stonecutters hammering away at the rock, perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet, at the hundred and first blow it would split in two, and I knew it was not that blow that did it, but all that...

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

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

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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Poem: “True or False,” by John Ciardi

Poem: “True or False,” by John Ciardi

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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Happy Birthday To . . . Nell & Terry

Happy Birthday To . . . Nell & Terry

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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Poem: “Ethics,” by Linda Pastan

Poem: “Ethics,” by Linda Pastan

In ethics class so many years ago our teacher asked this question every fall: if there were a fire in a museum which would you save, a Rembrandt painting or an old woman who hadn’t many years left anyhow? Restless on hard chairs caring little for pictures or old age...

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Happy Birthday To . . . Ludwig & Carol

Happy Birthday To . . . Ludwig & Carol

April 26, 1889 Ludwig Wittgenstein "A man will be imprisoned in a room with a door that's unlocked and opens inwards; as long as it does not occur to him to pull rather than push." April 26, 1933 Carol Burnett "You have to go through the falling down in order to learn...

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Happy Birthday To . . . Rollo & Helen

Happy Birthday To . . . Rollo & Helen

April 21, 1909 Rollo May "Freedom is the capacity to pause in the face of stimuli from many directions at once and, in this pause, to throw one’s weight toward this response rather than that one....The pause is especially important for the freedom of being, what I...

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Poem: “On Living,” by Nazim Hikmet

Poem: “On Living,” by Nazim Hikmet

I Living is no laughing matter: you must live with great seriousness like a squirrel, for example— I mean without looking for something beyond and above living, I mean living must be your whole occupation. Living is no laughing matter: you must take it seriously, so...

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Happy Birthday To … Charlie & Wendell

Happy Birthday To … Charlie & Wendell

April 16, 1889 Charlie Chaplin "We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery we need humanity. More than cleverness we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost.” April 16, 1906 Wendell Johnson...

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Happy Birthday To . . . Sam & Sam

Happy Birthday To . . . Sam & Sam

April 13, 1840 Samuel Ullman "Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul." April 13, 1906 Samuel Beckett "Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try...

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Golden Partners and Compassionistas

Golden Partners and Compassionistas

San Antonio is painted gold every day with Compassion through Actions and entities such as these... COMPASSIONATE ADVOCATES Dignity For 42 years, Dignity continues to provide a safe space for LGBTQI people to grow spiritually by providing weekly liturgy and peer...

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Happy Birthday to . . . Marjory & Billie

Happy Birthday to . . . Marjory & Billie

April 7, 1890 Marjory Stoneman Douglas "You can't conserve what you haven't got." April 7, 1915 Billie Holliday "You've got to have something to eat and a little love in your life before you can hold still for any damn body's sermon on how to behave."

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Prayer to Practice the Golden Rule

Prayer to Practice the Golden Rule

May I be no man’s enemy, and may I be the friend of that which is eternal and abides. May I never quarrel with those nearest me: and if I do, may I be reconciled quickly. May I love, seek, and attain only that which is good. May I wish for all men’s happiness and envy...

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Happy Birthday To . . . Washington & Tony

Happy Birthday To . . . Washington & Tony

April 3, 1783 Washington Irving "There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love." April...

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War, peace begin in our homes, have global implications

War, peace begin in our homes, have global implications

Published in the Express-News, 31 March, 2019 When I heard about being one of the San Antonio Peace Laureates of 2019, I did a little research. I found that a peace laureate is “(One) who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for...

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Golden Rule to be held up as a shining example

Golden Rule to be held up as a shining example

Published in the Express-News, 30 March, 2019 Immigration officials this week released dozens of migrants in Del Rio, a town that has no shelter, no real bus station and one part-time Catholic Charities employee. Making matters worse, they were dropped off Thursday...

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Happy Birthday To . . .  Maimonides & Anna

Happy Birthday To . . . Maimonides & Anna

March 30, 1135 BCE Maimonides "Anticipate charity by preventing poverty." March 30, 1820 Anna Sewell "My doctrine is this, that if we see cruelty or wrong that we have the power to stop, and do nothing, we make ourselves sharers in the guilt."

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Poem: “Dangerous Coats” by Sharon Owens

Poem: “Dangerous Coats” by Sharon Owens

Someone clever once said Women were not allowed pockets In case they carried leaflets To spread sedition Which means unrest To you & me A grandiose word For commonsense Fairness Kindness Equality So ladies, start sewing Dangerous coats Made of pockets &...

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