Poem: ” Do Not!,” by Stevie Smith

Poem: ” Do Not!,” by Stevie Smith

Do not despair of man, and do not scold him, Who are you that you should so lightly hold him? Are you not also a man, and in your heart Are there not warlike thoughts and fear and smart? Are you not also afraid and in fear cruel, Do you not think of yourself as usual,...

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The Tortoise and the Wisdom of the World

The Tortoise and the Wisdom of the World

A Nigerian Folk Tale One day, Ijapa the tortoise became determined to make sure that he was the wisest creature in the whole universe. He did not want any other creature challenging his superior wisdom, so he decided to gather all the wisdom in the world for himself....

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Happy Birthday To . . . Rosalynn & Roberto

Happy Birthday To . . . Rosalynn & Roberto

August 18, 1927 Rosalynn Carter "You must accept that you might fail; then, if you do your best and still don't win, at least you can be satisfied that you've tried. If you don't accept failure as a possibility, you don't set high goals, you don't branch out, you...

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The Lion and the Mouse

The Lion and the Mouse

A mouse woke up the big lion. As the lion was about to eat him, the mouse protested: “Please forgive me and let me go, and I may some day help you.” The lion agreed to this, although he laughed at the idea that a little mouse could help him. Now one day the lion was...

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Happy Birthday To . . . Marcus & Vidiadhar

Happy Birthday To . . . Marcus & Vidiadhar

August 17, 1887 Marcus Garvey "A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots." August 17, 1932 V. S. Naipaul "One of the greatest honors we can confer on other people is to see them as they are, to recognize not...

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Poem: “Good People,” by W.S. Merwin

Poem: “Good People,” by W.S. Merwin

From the kindness of my parents I suppose it was that I held that belief about suffering imagining that if only it could come to the attention of any person with normal feelings certainly anyone literate who might have gone to college they would comprehend pain when...

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Happy Birthday To . . . Fritz & Menachem

Happy Birthday To . . . Fritz & Menachem

August 16, 1911 E. F. Schumacher "Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex... It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction." August 16, 1913 Menachem Begin "Peace is the beauty of life. It is sunshine. It is...

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Back to Front

Back to Front

‘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...

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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 courage. As humans we...

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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 flower soup -- an old...

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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 genuine? Here is the...

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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...

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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 the fetus and start...

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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...

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Happy Birthday To . . . Robert & Sue

Happy Birthday To . . . Robert & Sue

August 12, 1774 Robert Southey "Never let a man imagine that he can pursue a good end by evil means, without sinning against his own soul. The evil effect on himself is certain." August 12, 1948 Sue Monk Kidd "There's a gap somehow between empathy and activism. Rev....

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Happy Birthday To . .  Alex & Charles

Happy Birthday To . . Alex & Charles

August 11, 1921 Alex Haley "Anytime you see a turtle up on top of a fence post, you know he had some help." August 11, 1970 Charles M. Blow "America is a living idea. It isn't only the tenets of its founding, but also the terms of its future. Every day, we make...

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Night and Day

Night and Day

On certain occasion, while dusk was approaching, a Master asked his disciples if they knew how to tell when the night ended and the day started. The first of them said: —When you see an animal at the distance and you can distinguish if it is a cow or a horse. —No...

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Happy Birthday To . . . Robert & Carl

Happy Birthday To . . . Robert & Carl

August 11, 1833 Robert Green Ingersoll "Give to every human being every right that you claim for yourself." August 11, 1925 Carl T. Rowan "It is often easier to become outraged by injustice half a world away than by oppression and discrimination half a block from...

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Happy Birthday To . . . Camillo & Anna

Happy Birthday To . . . Camillo & Anna

August 10, 1810 Camillo di Cavour "The man who trusts men will make fewer mistakes than he who distrusts them." August 10, 1858 Anna Julia Cooper "The cause of freedom is not the cause of a race or a sect, a party or a class-it is the cause of human kind, the very...

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Share Your Corn

Share Your Corn

On certain occasion a reporter asked a farmer if he could reveal the secret of his corn, which won the contest of the best product, year after year. The farmer confessed that it was due to the fact that he shared his seed with his neighbors. ”Why do you share your...

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Happy Birthday To . . . Izaak & Jean

Happy Birthday To . . . Izaak & Jean

August 9, 1593 Izaak Walton "That which is everybody's business is nobody's business." August 9, 1896 Jean Piaget "The goal of education is not to increase the amount of knowledge but to create the possibilities for a child to invent and discover, to create men who...

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