Four Hungry Pilgrims

Four Hungry Pilgrims

Four pilgrims gathered together to travel to India: a Persian, a Turk, a Greek and an Arab. The four pilgrims were resting by the banks of a river when a man,  seeing that they were pilgrims, offered them some rupees so that they could get breakfast. When the man had...

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Happy Birthday To . . . Hilaire & Leo

Happy Birthday To . . . Hilaire & Leo

July 27, 1870 Hilaire Belloc "Loss and possession, death and life are one, There falls no shadow where there shines no sun." July 27, 1905 Leo Durocher "You don't save a pitcher for tomorrow. Tomorrow it may rain."

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Poem: “The Orange,” by Wendy Cope

Poem: “The Orange,” by Wendy Cope

At lunchtime I bought a huge orange— The size of it made us all laugh. I peeled it and shared it with Robert and Dave— They got quarters and I got a half. And that orange, it made me so happy, As ordinary things often do Just lately. The shopping. A walk in the park....

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Happy Birthday To . . . George & Antonio

Happy Birthday To . . . George & Antonio

July 26, 1856 George Bernard Shaw "You see things; and you say 'Why?' But I dream things that never were; and I say 'Why not?'" July 26, 1875 Antonio Machado "Travelers, there is no path, paths are made by walking." "Caminante no hay camino, se hace camino al...

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Poem: “The Shoelace,” by Charles Bukowski

Poem: “The Shoelace,” by Charles Bukowski

a woman, a tire that’s flat, a disease, a desire: fears in front of you, fears that hold so still you can study them like pieces on a chessboard… it’s not the large things that send a man to the madhouse. death he’s ready for, or murder, incest, robbery, fire, flood…...

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Happy Birthday To . . . Morris & Eric

Happy Birthday To . . . Morris & Eric

July 25, 1880 Morris Raphael Cohen "If religion cannot restrain evil, it cannot claim effective power for good." July 25, 1898 Eric Hoffer "In times of change learners inherit the earth; while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that...

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Gandhi and the Boy Who Ate Sugar

Gandhi and the Boy Who Ate Sugar

During the 1930s, a young boy had become obsessed with eating a lot of sugar. His mother was very upset with this. But no matter how much she scolded him and tried to break his habit, he continued to satisfy his sweet tooth. Being totally frustrated, she decided to...

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Happy Birthday To . .  Simon & Bella

Happy Birthday To . . Simon & Bella

July 24, 1783 Simon Bolivar "Judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment." July 24, 1920 Bella Abzug "Our struggle today is not to have a female Einstein get appointed as an assistant professor. It is for a woman schlemiel to get as quickly...

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Poem: “Peacemaking,” by Caryn Leigh Wideman

Poem: “Peacemaking,” by Caryn Leigh Wideman

Leave the violence to those                 who believe in violence Leave the aggression to those                 who are aggressive. Live the alternative. Seek out the immigrant, the handicapped,                 the queer, the woman, the child,                 the...

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Happy Birthday To . . . Haile & Raphael

Happy Birthday To . . . Haile & Raphael

July 23, 1892 Haile Selassie "It is much easier to show compassion to animals. They are never wicked." July 23, 1969 Raphael Warnock "When you're accustomed to privilege, parity and equity and equality may feel like oppression."

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The Fox and the Crane

The Fox and the Crane

A FOX invited a Crane to supper and provided nothing for his entertainment but some soup made of lentils, which was poured out into a broad flat stone dish. The soup fell out of the long bill of the Crane at every mouthful, and his vexation at not being able to eat...

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Happy Birthday To . . . Emma & Karl

Happy Birthday To . . . Emma & Karl

July 22, 1849 Emma Lazarus "Until we are all free, we are none of us free." July 22, 1893 Karl A. Menninger "Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force. The friends who listen to us are the ones we move toward. When we are listened to, it creates us,...

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The Farming Brothers

The Farming Brothers

In days gone by, two brothers, Raul and Johan, who lived on adjoining farms fell into conflict. It was the first serious rift in 35 years of farming side-by-side in central Germany, sharing machinery, and trading labour and goods as needed without a single problem...

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Poem: “I Won’t Hatch,” by Shel Silverstein

Poem: “I Won’t Hatch,” by Shel Silverstein

Oh I am a chicken who lives in an egg, But I will not hatch, I will not hatch. The hens they all cackle, the roosters all beg, But I will not hatch, I will not hatch. For I hear all the talk of pollution and war As the people all shout and the airplanes roar, So I’m...

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Happy Birthday to . . . Petrarch & Sandra

Happy Birthday to . . . Petrarch & Sandra

July 20, 1304 Petrarch "Love is the crowning grace of humanity, the holiest right of the soul, the golden link which binds us to duty and truth, the redeeming principle that chiefly reconciles the heart to life, and is prophetic of eternal good." July 20, 1971 Sandra...

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Why We Shout in Anger

Why We Shout in Anger

A Hindu saint, who was visiting river Ganges to take bath, found a group of family members on the banks, shouting in anger at each other. He turned to his disciples smiled and asked. “Why do people shout in anger shout at each other?” Disciples thought for a while,...

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Happy Birthday To . . . George & Harsha

Happy Birthday To . . . George & Harsha

July 19, 1922 George McGovern "I'm fed up to the ears with old men dreaming up wars for young men to die in." July 19, 1961 Harsha Bhogle "Sports teaches you there is always a second innings in life. If you fail today, there's a second innings maybe two days later....

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Poem: “Aimless Love,” by Billy Collins

Poem: “Aimless Love,” by Billy Collins

This morning as I walked along the lakeshore, I fell in love with a wren and later in the day with a mouse the cat had dropped under the dining room table. In the shadows of an autumn evening, I fell for a seamstress still at her machine in the tailor's window, and...

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Happy Birthday To . . . Nelson & William

Happy Birthday To . . . Nelson & William

July 18, 1918 Nelson Mandela "Our human compassion binds us the one to the other—not in pity or patronizingly, but as human beings who have learnt how to turn our common suffering into hope for the future." July 18, 1811 William Makepeace Thackeray "Whatever you are,...

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More Justice Vs. Charity: Babies in the River

More Justice Vs. Charity: Babies in the River

This is a story we use when we teach the Class of Nonviolence (as do many other social justice groups): One summer in the village, the people gathered for a picnic. As they shared food and conversation, someone noticed a baby in the river, struggling and crying. The...

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Happy Birthday To . . . Stephen & Jessamyn

Happy Birthday To . . . Stephen & Jessamyn

July 17, 1937 Stephen Levine "If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say? And why are you waiting?" July 18, 1902 Jessamyn West "It is very east to forgive others their mistakes; it takes more...

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Poem: “You see this,” by Octavia Butler

Poem: “You see this,” by Octavia Butler

You see this This is what is in you What makes you What connects you You are more than flesh and bone More than blood and sinew More than tendon and cartilage You are forever You are everything everywhere All at once You are universes and galaxies Still undiscovered...

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Happy Birthday To . . . Ida & Dean

Happy Birthday To . . . Ida & Dean

July 16, 1862 Ida B. Wells "The people must know before they can act, and there is no educator to compare with the press." July 16, 1953 Dean Ornish "The need for connection and community is primal, as fundamental as the need for air, water, and food.

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