Poem: “The Silence of the Stars,” by David Wagoner

Poem: “The Silence of the Stars,” by David Wagoner

When Laurens van der Post one night In the Kalahari Desert told the Bushmen He couldn't hear the stars Singing, they didn't believe him. They looked at him, half-smiling. They examined his face To see whether he was joking Or deceiving them. Then two of those small...

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Essay: Small Things With Great Love

Essay: Small Things With Great Love

by Susan Ives There's a meme going around that says, “Of all the things I learned in elementary school, avoiding cooties was the last one I expected to use.” Are cooties still a thing? The kids from the old neighborhood – all of us in our 60s now – gave that a thumbs...

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Happy Birthday To . .  Harry & Roger

Happy Birthday To . . Harry & Roger

May 24, 1878 Harry Emerson Fosdick "He who chooses the beginning of the road chooses the place it leads to. It is the means that determines the end." May 24, 1928 Roger Caras "There are only three sins - causing pain, causing fear, and causing anguish."

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Poem: “Fear,” by Kahlil Gibran

Poem: “Fear,” by Kahlil Gibran

It is said that before entering the sea a river trembles with fear. She looks back at the path she has traveled, from the peaks of the mountains, the long winding road crossing forests and villages. And in front of her, she sees an ocean so vast, that to enter there...

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Thich Nhat Hanh: See the Universe in a Sunflower

Thich Nhat Hanh: See the Universe in a Sunflower

"I live in Plum Village, in the Dordogne region of southwest France, an area known for its sunflowers. But people who come to Plum Village in April do not see any sunflowers. They hear people saying that there are many sunflowers around, but they cannot see them...

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Happy Birthday To . .  . Shunryu & Pope John Paul II

Happy Birthday To . . . Shunryu & Pope John Paul II

May 18, 1904 Shunryu Suzuki "If your mind is empty, it is ready for anything. In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities; in the expert's mind there are few." May 18, 1920 Pope John Paul II "Stupidity is also a gift of God, but one mustn't misuse it."

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Poem: “A Nation’s Strength,” by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Poem: “A Nation’s Strength,” by Ralph Waldo Emerson

What makes a nation's pillars high And its foundations strong? What makes it mighty to defy The foes that round it throng? It is not gold. Its kingdoms grand Go down in battle shock; Its shafts are laid on sinking sand, Not on abiding rock. Is it the sword? Ask the...

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Happy Birthday To . .  Armistead & Stevie

Happy Birthday To . . Armistead & Stevie

May 13, 1944 Armistead Maupin "The world changes in direct proportion to the number of people willing to be honest about their lives." May 13, 1950 Stevie Wonder "If you don't ask, you don't get."

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Happy Birthday To . .  Francis & Naomi

Happy Birthday To . . Francis & Naomi

May 8, 1592 Francis Quarles "Meditation is the life of the soul: Action, the soul of meditation; and honor the reward of action." May 8, 1970 Naomi Klein "Politics hates a vacuum. If it isn't filled with hope, someone will fill it with fear."

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Poem: “Television,” by Roald Dahl

Poem: “Television,” by Roald Dahl

The most important thing we've learned, So far as children are concerned, Is never, NEVER, NEVER let Them near your television set -- Or better still, just don't install The idiotic thing at all. In almost every house we've been, We've watched them gaping at the...

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Happy Birthday To . . . May & Pete

Happy Birthday To . . . May & Pete

May 3, 1912 May Sarton "One must think like a hero to behave like a merely decent human being." May 3, 1919 Pete Seeger "Education is when you read the fine print. Experience is what you get if you don't."

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Poem: “Calling All Grandmothers,” by Alice Walker

Poem: “Calling All Grandmothers,” by Alice Walker

We have to live differently or we will die in the same old ways. Therefore I call on all Grand Mothers everywhere on the planet to rise and take your place in the leadership of the world Come out of the kitchen out of the fields out of the beauty parlors out of the...

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Happy Birthday to Karl & Nelle

Happy Birthday to Karl & Nelle

April 28, 1874 Karl Kraus "There are people who can never forgive a beggar for their not having given him anything." April 28, 1926 Harper Lee "Real courage is when you know you're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what."

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Poem: “What Kind of Times are These,” by Adrienne Rich

Poem: “What Kind of Times are These,” by Adrienne Rich

There’s a place between two stands of trees where the grass grows uphill and the old revolutionary road breaks off into shadows near a meeting-house abandoned by the persecuted who disappeared into those shadows. I’ve walked there picking mushrooms at the edge of...

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Happy Birthday To . . . Immanuel & Edwin

Happy Birthday To . . . Immanuel & Edwin

April 22, 1724 Immanuel Kant "So act that your principle of action might safely be made a law for the whole world." April 23, 1852 Edwin Markham "When you are the anvil, bear - when you are the hammer, strike."

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Poem: “And The People Stayed Home,” by Kitty O’Meara

Poem: “And The People Stayed Home,” by Kitty O’Meara

And the people stayed home. And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still. And listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows. And the...

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Happy Birthday To . . .   Corrie & Tom

Happy Birthday To . . . Corrie & Tom

April 15, 1892 Corrie Ten Boom "Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength." April 15, 1920 Thomas Szasz "The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the naive forgive and forget; the wise forgive but do not forget."

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Poem: “Lockdown,” by Brother Richard Hendrick

Poem: “Lockdown,” by Brother Richard Hendrick

Yes there is fear. Yes there is isolation. Yes there is panic buying. Yes there is sickness. Yes there is even death. But, They say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise You can hear the birds again. They say that after just a few weeks of quiet The sky is no...

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