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Poem: “Biscuit,” by Jane Kenyon

The dog has cleaned his bowl and his reward is a biscuit, which I put in his mouth like a priest offering the host. I can't bear that trusting face! He asks for bread, expects bread, and I in my power might have given him a stone.

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Happy Birthday To . . . AJ & Ntozake

October 18, 1904 AJ Liebling "Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one." October 18, 1948 Ntozake Shange “Language and how we use language determines how we act, and how we act then determines our lives and other people's...

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Poem: “Make Some Tea,” by Abol Froushan

In order to settle my appetite I’ll have the chocolate chip In order to stomach the cookie I’ll need to make some tea In order to have the tea I’ll put the kettle on and wait for the cooker to do its job In order to have the tea I’ll need to clear the teapot In order...

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Poem: “As Much As You Can,” by Constantine Cavafy

And if you can't shape your life the way you want, at least try as much as you can not to degrade it by too much contact with the world, by too much activity and talk. Try not to degrade it by dragging it along, taking it around and exposing it so often to the daily...

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Happy Birthday To . . . Billy & Hannah

October 14, 1644 William Penn "Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God." October 14, 1906 Johanna "Hannah" Arendt "The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil."

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Poem: “The Last Wolf,” by Mary TallMountain

The last wolf hurried toward me through the ruined city and I heard his baying echoes down the steep smashed warrens of Montgomery Street and past the ruby-crowned highrises left standing their lighted elevators useless Passing the flicking red and green of traffic...

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Happy Birthday To . . Eleanor & Thich Nhat Hanh

October 11, 1884 Eleanor Roosevelt "When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?" October 11, 1926 Thich Nhat Hanh "To meditate means to go home to yourself. Then you know how to take care of the things that...

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Poem: “The Revolt of the Turtles,” by Stephen Dunn

On gray forgetful mornings like this sea turtles would gather in the shallow waters of the Gulf to discuss issues of self-presentation and related concerns like, If there were a God would he have a hard shell and a retractable head, and whether speed on land was of...

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Happy Birthday To . . . Jesse & Hanan

October 8, 1941 Jesse Jackson "Both tears and sweat are salty, but they render a different result. Tears will get you sympathy; sweat will get you change." October 8, 1946 Hanan Ashrawi "We cannot rely upon the silenced to tell us they are...

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Poem: “Kindness to Animals,” by Joseph Ashby-Sterry

Speak gently to the herring and kindly to the calf, Be blithesome with the bunny, at barnacles don’t laugh! Give nuts unto the monkey, and buns unto the bear, Ne’er hint at currant jelly if you chance to see a hare! Oh, little girls, pray hide your combs when...

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Happy Birthday To . . . Philip & Neil

October 5, 1923 Philip Berrigan "The poor tell us who we are, The prophets tell us who we could be, So we hide the poor, And kill the prophets." October 5, 1958 Neil de Grasse Tyson "Humans aren't as good as we should be in our capacity to empathize with feelings and...

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Juno and the Peacock

The Peacock was greatly discontented because he had not a beautiful voice like the nightingale, and he went and complained to Juno about it. “The nightingale’s song,” said he, “is the envy of all the birds; but whenever I utter a sound I become a laughing-stock.” The...

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The Oak and the Reeds

A Fable by Aesop An Oak that grew on the bank of a river was uprooted by a severe gale of wind, and thrown across the stream. It fell among some Reeds growing by the water, and said to them, “How is it that you, who are so frail and slender, have managed to weather...

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Happy Birthday To . . . Annie & Mohandas

October 1, 1847 Annie Besant "Not out of right practice comes right thinking, but out of right thinking comes right practice. It matters enormously what you think. If you think falsely, you will act mistakenly; if you think basely, your conduct will suit your...

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Poem: “The World I Live In,” by Mary Oliver

I have refused to live locked in the orderly house of reasons and proofs. The world I live in and believe in Is wider than that. And anyway, what’s wrong with Maybe? You wouldn’t believe what once or twice I have seen. I’ll just tell you this: only if there are angels...

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Feliz cumpleaños a . . . Miguel y Miguel

September 29, 1547 Miguel de Cervantes "In order to attain the impossible, one must attempt the absurd." September 29, 1864 Miguel de Unamuno "My aim is to agitate and disturb people. I'm not selling bread; I'm selling yeast."

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Poem: “Reflection,” by Shel Silverstein

Each time I see the Upside-Down Man Standing in the water, I look at him and start to laugh, Although I shouldn't oughtter. For maybe in another world Another time Another town, Maybe HE is right side up And I am upside down.

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Happy Birthday To . . . Bill & Miroslav

September 25, 1897 William Faulkner "Man . . . is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance." September 25, 1956 Miroslav Volf "Prejudice is a form...

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Poem: “September 1918,” by Amy Lowell

This afternoon was the colour of water falling through sunlight; The trees glittered with the tumbling of leaves; The sidewalks shone like alleys of dropped maple leaves, And the houses ran along them laughing out of square, open windows. Under a tree in the park, Two...

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Happy Birthday To . . . Upton & Shiram

September 20, 1878 Upton Sinclair "It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it." September 20, 1911 Pandit Shriram Sharma Acharya "God has himself given eyes, ears, hands, feet and nostrils in pairs, but...

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Poem: “The Pressure of the Moment,” by Dara Wier

The pressure of the moment can cause someone to kill someone or something The leniency of consideration might treat with more kindness Which is to be desired. Or at least often to be desired. But if my house is on fire and you notice, I wish you would kill That fire....

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Happy Birthday to . . . Julián & Joaquin

September 16, 1974 Julián Castro "In the end, the American dream is not a sprint, or even a marathon, but a relay. Our families don't always cross the finish line in the span of one generation. But each generation passes on to the next the fruits of their labor."...

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