Happy Birthday To … Alan & Mary

Happy Birthday To … Alan & Mary

March 25, 1906 A.J.P. Taylor "There is nothing more agreeable in life than to make peace with the Establishment—and nothing more corrupting." March 25, 1925 Flannery O'Connor "Conviction without experience makes for harshness."

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Getting Rid of the Plastic

Getting Rid of the Plastic

Ever since we started making and selling compassion beads we've packaged them in little zip-top plastic bags. It made sense: they're affordable (about 2.5¢ apiece), lightweight, see-through . . . .but they are plastic. Most plastic ends up in the landfill. We thought...

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Poem: “Taking Turns, by Jeanie Greensfelder

Poem: “Taking Turns, by Jeanie Greensfelder

I pass a woman on the beach. We both wear graying hair, feel sand between our toes, hear surf, and see blue sky. I came with a smile. She came to get one. No. I'm wrong. She sits on a boulder by a cairn of stacked rocks. Hands over her heart, she stares out to sea....

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Poem: “Passive Voice,” by Laura Da’

Poem: “Passive Voice,” by Laura Da’

I use a trick to teach students how to avoid passive voice. Circle the verbs. Imagine inserting “by zombies” after each one. Have the words been claimed by the flesh-hungry undead? If so, passive voice. I wonder if these sixth graders will recollect, on summer...

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Happy Birthday To . .  Anne & Henrik

Happy Birthday To . . Anne & Henrik

March 20, 1612 Anne Bradstreet "Authority without wisdom is like a heavy ax without an edge, fitter to bruise than polish." March 20, 1828 Henrik Ibsen "Never wear your best trousers when you go out to fight for freedom and truth."

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Poem: ” About Suffering,” by Elisa Gabbert

Poem: ” About Suffering,” by Elisa Gabbert

Part of suffering is the useless urge to announce that you’re suffering. There is no other way to say it: I’m suffering. Just to say “I suffer” helps. I read somewhere, “we become lyrical when we suffer.” Happiness is suffering for the right reasons. First-order...

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Happy Birthday To . . . Sully & Jorge

Happy Birthday To . . . Sully & Jorge

March 16, 1839 René François Armand Prudhomme "The great are only great because we are on our knees. Let us rise up." March 16, 1958 Jorge Ramos "Neutrality is for referees in a football game. You have to take a stand. The really, really good journalists always take a...

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Poem: ” Words,” by Pauli Murray

Poem: ” Words,” by Pauli Murray

We are spendthrifts with words, We squander them, Toss them like pennies in the air– Arrogant words, Angry words, Cruel words, Comradely words, Shy words tiptoeing from mouth to ear. But the slowly wrought words of love and the thunderous words of heartbreak– Those we...

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Happy Birthday To . . . Torquato & Douglas

Happy Birthday To . . . Torquato & Douglas

March 11, 1544 Torquato Tasso "The day of fortune is like a harvest day, We must be busy when the corn is ripe." March 11, 1952 Douglas Adams "If it looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, we have at least to consider the possibility that we have a small aquatic...

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Poem:  “Advice to a Prophet,” by Richard Wilbur

Poem: “Advice to a Prophet,” by Richard Wilbur

When you come, as you soon must, to the streets of our city, Mad-eyed from stating the obvious, Not proclaiming our fall but begging us In God’s name to have self-pity, Spare us all word of the weapons, their force and range, The long numbers that rocket the mind; Our...

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Happy Birthday To . . . Michelangelo & Elizabeth

Happy Birthday To . . . Michelangelo & Elizabeth

March 6, 1475 Michelangelo "The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark." March 6, 1806 Elizabeth Barrett Browning "An ignorance of means may minister to greatness,...

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Happy Birthday To . . . William & Jackie

Happy Birthday To . . . William & Jackie

March 3, 1756 William Godwin "Innocence is not virtue. Virtue demands the active employment of an ardent mind in the promotion of the general good. No man can be eminently virtuous who is not accustomed to an extensive range of reflection." March 3, 1962 Jackie...

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Poem: ” Comfort Animal,” by Joy Ladin

Poem: ” Comfort Animal,” by Joy Ladin

From the sequence “Shekhinah Speaks” Comfort, comfort my people ... —Isaiah 40:1 A voice says, “Your punishment has ended.” You never listen to that voice. You really suck at being comforted. Another voice says, “Cry.” That voice always gets your attention, keeps you...

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Happy Birthday To . . . Ralph & Robert

Happy Birthday To . . . Ralph & Robert

March 1, 1914 Ralph Ellison "Some people are your relatives but others are your ancestors, and you choose the ones you want to have as ancestors. You create yourself out of those values." March 1, 1917 Robert Lowell "If we see light at the end of the tunnel, it the...

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Poem:  “A Litany for Survival,” by Audre Lorde

Poem: “A Litany for Survival,” by Audre Lorde

For those of us who live at the shoreline standing upon the constant edges of decision crucial and alone for those of us who cannot indulge the passing dreams of choice who love in doorways coming and going in the hours between dawns looking inward and outward at once...

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Happy Birthday To . . . Carmen & Victor

Happy Birthday To . . . Carmen & Victor

February 25, 1963 Carmen Yulin Cruz "You cannot make life better if you are in a helicopter. You can't make life better for them if you can't touch them." February 26, 1802 Victor Hugo "He who opens a school door, closes a prison."

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Poem: ” To be of use,” by Marge Piercy

Poem: ” To be of use,” by Marge Piercy

The people I love the best jump into work head first without dallying in the shallows and swim off with sure strokes almost out of sight. They seem to become natives of that element, the black sleek heads of seals bouncing like half-submerged balls. I love people who...

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Happy Birthday To . .  W.H. & Barbara

Happy Birthday To . . W.H. & Barbara

February 21, 1907 W.H. Auden "Good can imagine Evil; but Evil cannot imagine Good." February 21, 1936 Barbara Jordan "What a better world it would be if we all, the whole world, had cookies and milk about three o’clock every afternoon and then lay down on our blankets...

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Happy Birthday To . . . Nikos & Toni

Happy Birthday To . . . Nikos & Toni

February 18, 1883 Nikos Kazantzakis "True teachers use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross; then, having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create bridges of their own." February 18, 1931 Toni Morrison...

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Poem: “The Work of Happiness,” by May Sarton

Poem: “The Work of Happiness,” by May Sarton

I thought of happiness, how it is woven Out of the silence in the empty house each day And how it is not sudden and it is not given But is creation itself like the growth of a tree. No one has seen it happen, but inside the bark Another circle is growing in the...

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Blessing of the Peacemakers: 2019 Video & Photos

Blessing of the Peacemakers: 2019 Video & Photos

Since 2006, the peaceCENTER has celebrated The Blessing of the Peacemakers, a joyous hour-long interfaith ceremony featuring music, prayer, new inclusive and innovative rituals and inspirational speakers. It is the first event marking the beginning of the...

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Happy Birthday To . . . Elihu & Matt

Happy Birthday To . . . Elihu & Matt

February 15, 1845 Elihu Root "The wolf always charges the lamb with muddying the stream." February 15, 1954 Matt Groening "If you don't want your kids to be like Bart Simpson, don't act like Homer Simpson."

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