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‘Reasonable people always see things the same way,’ said the Khan of Samarkand to Nasrudin one day. ‘That is just the trouble with “reasonable” people,’ said Nasrudin; ‘they include at least some people who always see only one thing out of a potential two...
Happy Birthday To . . . Jeremy & Linda

Happy Birthday To . . . Jeremy & Linda

August 15, 1613 Jeremy Taylor “If anger proceeds from a great cause, it turns to fury; if from a small cause, it is peevishness; and so is always either terrible or ridiculous.” August 15, 1944 Linda Ellerbee “I think laughter may be a form of...
Burnt Flower Soup

Burnt Flower Soup

Twice a month the peaceCENTER used to have an evening potluck/staff meeting/re-centering and Narjis would bring a crockpot of homemade soup, often made with produce from her community garden. “What is it this time?” I asked her, greedily. “Burnt...
Happy Birthday To . . . Russell & Oscar

Happy Birthday To . . . Russell & Oscar

August 14, 1925 Russell Baker “Usually, terrible things that are done with the excuse that progress requires them are not really progress at all, but just terrible things.” August 15, 1917 Oscar Romero “Do you want to know if your Christianity is...
The North Wind and the Sun

The North Wind and the Sun

The North Wind and the Sun were disputing which was the stronger, when a traveler came along wrapped in a warm cloak. They agreed that the one who first succeeded in making the traveler take his cloak off should be considered stronger than the other. Then the North...
Happy Birthday To . . . Lucy & Joycelyn

Happy Birthday To . . . Lucy & Joycelyn

August 13, 1818 Lucy Stone “It is very little to me to have the right to vote, to own property, etc., if I may not keep my body, and its uses, in my absolute right.” August 13, 1933 Joycelyn Elders “We really need to get over this love affair with...
Blind Men and the Elephant

Blind Men and the Elephant

In a distant village, a long time ago, there lived six blind men. One day the villagers announced, “Hey, there is an elephant in the village today.” They had never seen or felt an elephant before and so decided, “Even though we would not be able to see it, let us go...