Poem: “Passover,” by Primo Levi

Poem: “Passover,” by Primo Levi

Tell me: how is this night different From all other nights? How, tell me, is this Passover Different from other Passovers? Light the lamp, open the door wide So the pilgrim can come in, Gentile or Jew; Under the rags perhaps the prophet is concealed. Let him enter and...

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Access to FOOD is the Current #1 NEED

Access to FOOD is the Current #1 NEED

Food is the #1 human need requested in both 2-1-1 and SACRD.org. The San Antonio Food Bank needs all our help in feeding Our City. Today. Friday. Everyday.BEST ON-GOING WAYS TO STAY UP TO DATE AND TO HELP DURING COVID-19 Download the Ready South Texas app, available...

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Children’s Shelter Immediate Needs

Children’s Shelter Immediate Needs

Suppliers unable to fill orders for Children's Shelter The Children's Shelter is in immediate need of: Face masks (including handmade) Disposable sterile gown Gloves Pine Sol Clorox or any disinfecting wipes Toilet paper Paper towel Lysol Practice sharing and safety...

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POEM: “Stubborn Ounces,” Bonaro W. Overstreet

POEM: “Stubborn Ounces,” Bonaro W. Overstreet

(To One Who Doubts the Worth of Doing Anything If You Can’t Do Everything) You say the Little efforts that I make will do no good: they never will prevail to tip the hovering scale where Justice hangs in balance. I don’t think I ever thought they would. But I am...

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Happy Birthday To . . . George & Edward

Happy Birthday To . . . George & Edward

April 3, 1593 George Herbert "Do not wait; the time will never be 'just right.' Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along." April 3, 1822 Edward Everett Hale "Wrong fails because it...

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Urgent Need to Curb the Spread

Urgent Need to Curb the Spread

Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Judge Nelson Wolff are requesting cooperation from all faith communities across the city and the county to act proactively, in partnership and for the greater good by not congregating or gathering:Faith leaders and communities have and are...

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Day of Reflection Archived Video

Day of Reflection Archived Video

DAY OF REFLECTION Schedule, March 28, 2020 Quietly.Virtually. Collectively. This is the original participant list; actual people many vary slightly The link in each session will jump you directly to the video of that session 8:00AM Opening of the Day. Convener: Ron...

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Need Unsheltered Homeless Aid

Need Unsheltered Homeless Aid

Need is immediate and critical. Shelters are at or near capacity. San Antonians experiencing homelessness turn to the street, cars, or encampments without access to food, hygiene supplies, or other critical needs. The Homeless Services' Division of San Antonio's Human...

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POEM: “Small Kindnesses,” by Danusha Laméris

POEM: “Small Kindnesses,” by Danusha Laméris

I’ve been thinking about the way, when you walk down a crowded aisle, people pull in their legs to let you by. Or how strangers still say “bless you” when someone sneezes, a leftover from the Bubonic plague. “Don’t die,” we are saying. And sometimes, when you spill...

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Happy Birthday To . . . Nikolai & Unita

Happy Birthday To . . . Nikolai & Unita

March 18, 1874 Nikolai Berdyaev "Bread for myself is a material question. Bread for my neighbor is a spiritual one." March 18, 1933 Unita Blackwell "This is what I know about courage: You don't have to think about courage to have it. You don't have to feel courageous...

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Poem: “Pandemic,” by Lynn Ungar

Poem: “Pandemic,” by Lynn Ungar

What if you thought of it as the Jews consider the Sabbath— the most sacred of times? Cease from travel. Cease from buying and selling. Give up, just for now, on trying to make the world different than it is. Sing. Pray. Touch only those to whom you commit your life....

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Happy Birthday To . . . Herb & Naomi

Happy Birthday To . . . Herb & Naomi

March 12, 1931 Herb Kelleher "It is my practice to try to understand how valuable something is by trying to imagine myself without it." March 12, 1952 Naomi Shihab Nye "The real heroes of race and culture would always be the people who stepped out of their own line to...

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POEM: ”It is Not Your Job,” by Caitlyn Siehl

POEM: ”It is Not Your Job,” by Caitlyn Siehl

when your little girl asks you if she’s pretty your heart will drop like a wineglass on the hardwood floor part of you will want to say of course you are, don’t ever question it and the other part the part that is clawing at you will want to grab her by her shoulders...

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Happy Birthday To . . . Alexander & Ira

Happy Birthday To . . . Alexander & Ira

March 3, 1847 Alexander Graham Bell "Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun's rays do not burn until brought to a focus." March 3, 1959 Ira Glass "The story is a machine for empathy. In contrast to logic or reason, a story is about emotion that...

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POEM: “Hope,” by Lisel Mueller

POEM: “Hope,” by Lisel Mueller

It hovers in dark corners before the lights are turned on, it shakes sleep from its eyes and drops from mushroom gills, it explodes in the starry heads of dandelions turned sages, it sticks to the wings of green angels that sail from the tops of maples. It sprouts in...

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Happy Birthday To . . . Rudolph & Ralph

Happy Birthday To . . . Rudolph & Ralph

February 27, 1861 Rudolf Steiner "A healthy social life is found only when, in the mirror of each soul, the whole community finds its reflection, and when, in the whole community, the virtue of each one is living." February 27, 1934 Ralph Nader "A society that has...

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POEM: “The Obligation to be Happy,” by Linda Pastan

POEM: “The Obligation to be Happy,” by Linda Pastan

It is more onerous than the rites of beauty or housework, harder than love. But you expect it of me casually, the way you expect the sun to come up, not in spite of rain or clouds but because of them. And so I smile, as if my own fidelity to sadness were a hidden...

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Happy Birthday To . .  Ramakrishna & Audre

Happy Birthday To . . Ramakrishna & Audre

February 18, 1836 Ramakrishna "When the flower blooms, the bees come uninvited." February 18, 1934 Audre Lorde "When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak."

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POEM: Valentine for Ernest Mann, by Naomi Shihab Nye

POEM: Valentine for Ernest Mann, by Naomi Shihab Nye

You can't order a poem like you order a taco. Walk up to the counter, say, "I'll take two" and expect it to be handed back to you on a shiny plate. Still, I like your spirit. Anyone who says, "Here's my address, write me a poem," deserves something in reply. So I'll...

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Happy Birthday To . .  Tom & Hélder

Happy Birthday To . . Tom & Hélder

February 7, 1478 Thomas More "And it will fall out as in a complication of diseases, that by applying a remedy to one sore, you will provoke another; and that which removes the one ill symptom produces others." February 7, 1909 Dom Hélder Pessoa Câmara "When I feed...

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Poem: “Love,” by Czeslaw Milosz

Poem: “Love,” by Czeslaw Milosz

Love means to learn to look at yourself The way one looks at distant things For you are only one thing among many. And whoever sees that way heals his heart, Without knowing it, from various ills— A bird and a tree say to him: Friend. Then he wants to use himself and...

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