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From the Darkest Depths Come the Most Exotic Flowers

13 Feb

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“Great people will always be mocked by those who feel smaller than them. A lion does not flinch at laughter coming from a hyena. A gorilla does not budge from a banana thrown at it by a monkey. A nightingale does not stop singing its beautiful song at the intrusion of an annoying woodpecker. Whenever you should doubt your self-worth, remember the lotus flower. Even though it plunges to life from beneath the mud,
it does not allow the dirt that surrounds it to affect its growth or beauty.”

**Suzy Kassem

The Robot Life – Human Style

8 Jan

We are raising today’s children in sterile, risk-averse and highly structured environments. In so doing, we are failing to cultivate artists, pioneers and entrepreneurs, and instead cultivating a generation of children who can follow the rules in organized sports games, sit for hours in front of screens and mark bubbles on standardized tests.
**Darell Hammond

Happy New Year’s Everyone!

31 Dec

“Life goes by so very fast, my dears, and taking the time to reflect, even once a year, slows things down. We zoom past so many seconds, minutes, hours, killing them with the frantic way we live that it’s important we take at least this one collective sigh and stop, take stock, and acknowledge our place in time before diving back into the melee. Midnight on New Year’s Eve is a unique kind of magic where, just for a moment, the past and the future exist at once in the present. Whether we’re aware of it or not, as we countdown together to it, we’re sharing the burden of our history and committing to the promise of tomorrow.” ~ Hillary DePiano

Wanting and being Wanted

8 Dec

Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.

**Robert Frost

Helping Others, Help Yourself

28 Oct

“Help thy brother’s boat across, and lo! thine own has reached the shore.”

INDIAN PROVERB

“Wake from death and return to life”

26 Oct

起死回生

~ Japanese Proverb

“In the worst of a desperate moment, you can rise up suddenly again.”

When Possibilities Surround You

19 Oct

“It’s in the morning, for most of us. It’s that time, those few seconds when we’re coming out of sleep but we’re not really awake yet. For those few seconds we’re something more primitive than what we are about to become. We have just slept the sleep of our most distant ancestors, and something of them and their world still clings to us. For those few moments we are unformed, uncivilized. We are not the people we know as ourselves, but creatures more in tune with a tree than a keyboard. We are untitled, unnamed, natural, suspended between was and will be, the tadpole before the frog, the worm before the butterfly. We are for a few brief moments, anything and everything we could be. And then…and then — ah — we open our eyes and the day is before us and … we become ourselves.”

** Jerry Spinelli

Wanted: A Good Example

17 Oct

The hardest job kids face today is learning good manners without seeing any.
**Fred Astaire

It’s Not My Fault!

14 Oct

George Washington is the only president who didn’t blame the previous administration for his troubles.

**Anonymous

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Make Voting Work – Vote, But Only Once

10 Oct

The ‘democracy gap’ in our politics and elections spells a deep sense of powerlessness by people who drop out, do not vote, or listlessly vote for the ‘least worst’ every four years and then wonder why after every cycle the ‘least worst’ gets worse.
**Ralph Nader

 

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