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7 days ago 7 comments Categories: Politics Tags: Valentine, Claudius, Love
From History.com: "On February 14 around the year 278A.D., Valentine, a holy priest in Rome in the days of Emperor Claudius II, was executed. Under the rule of Claudius the Cruel, Rome was involved in many unpopular and bloody campaigns. The emperor had to maintain a strong army, but was having a difficult time getting soldiers to join his military leagues. Claudius believed that Roman men were unwilling to join the army because of their strong attachment to their wives and f...
14 days ago 6 comments Categories: Politics Tags:
Brene Brown is voice worth hearing. This is what it says on her website: "The official line: I’m a research professor at the University of Houston where I hold the Huffington Endowed Chair. I’ve spent the past sixteen years studying courage, vulnerability, empathy, and shame. I’m the author of four books: The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, Rising Strong, And Braving the Wilderness. The bottom line: I believe that vulnerability – the willingness to be “all in” even wh...
21 days ago 10 comments Categories: Politics Tags:
He took a few cups of love by Muhammad Ali He took a few cups of love. He took one tablespoon of patience, One teaspoon of generosity, One pint of kindness. He took one quart of laughter, One pinch of concern. And then, he mixed willingness with happiness. He added lots of faith, And he stirred it up well. Then he spread it over a span of a lifetime, And he served it to each and every deserving person he met. _________________ PS - EVERYONE is deserving....
28 days ago 12 comments Categories: Politics Tags: Dorothy Day, Great Britain, Loneliness
Alienation, desolation, heartache ...loneliness. Great Britain has just named a new postion in its Post Breixit government: Minister of Loneliness. I think its a good idea, isolation is a growing problem, but I'd give it a different name. __________________ From the NY Times: The issue prompted Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday to appoint a minister for loneliness. “For far too many people, loneliness is the sad reality of modern life,” Mrs. May said in a statement. “I ...
35 days ago 12 comments Categories: Politics Tags:
How often do you change your fixed perception of a situation in a significant way?   It happened to me a number of years ago when I saw the musical Wicked for the first time. It was literally life changing. There is a well established, pretty universally accepted "norm" and it is shattered. Never looked at The Wizard of Oz the same again.   Recently, I had a similar experience with the film, "I, Tonya." To see things from her perspective, very enlightening. Sonia sent me a ...
42 days ago 4 comments Categories: Politics Tags: Recy Taylor, Listen, Me Too
Bears repeating: But it's not just a story affecting the entertainment industry. It's one that transcends any culture, geography, race, religion, politics, or workplace. So I want tonight to express gratitude to all the women who have endured years of abuse and assault because they, like my mother, had children to feed and bills to pay and dreams to pursue. They're the women whose names we'll never know. They are domestic workers and farm workers. They are working in factor...
49 days ago 10 comments Categories: Politics Tags: Starlings, Shakespeare, Flocks
Individually, most people think of starlings as pesky little birds that destroy crops and dirty car windshields. They were first introduced into the United States around 1880, by a group of Shakespeare enthusiasts, who wanted to recreate Shakespeare's Garden in Central Park. Needless to say those 60 or so proliferated, much to the chagrin of many wild bird lovers.   But these odd iridescent beings actually create one of the most beautiful sights in nature.     Those amazing ...
56 days ago 5 comments Categories: Politics Tags: Santa Claus, Letters, Zip codes
One thing I love is being an Audible (www.audible.com) member, where I get books on audio. Sometimes, as a member, they give us some free audio. This holiday season they sent a collection, that included an "audio documentary" that was so uplifting, adding to my "there is so much good in this world that we know nothing about" theme that I am living. Anyway, up in Schenectady, there is an old GE plant that still operates with a very much reduced staff from its heyday in the 60s...
63 days ago 9 comments Categories: Politics Tags:
From HuffPost April, but timeless:   On Sunday, native New Yorker Jackie Summers posted a photo on Facebook and Twitter that appears to show a Jewish man and woman sitting on a New York City subway car next to a Muslim woman in a hijab holding a baby. The caption Summers wrote on Facebook reads: “A Taoist (me) gives up his seat so a Hasidic couple could sit together. They scoot over so a Muslim mother could sit and nurse her baby, on Easter Sunday. This is my America: peop...
70 days ago 8 comments Categories: Politics Tags:
As I'm writing this, the voting is going on in Alabama. I'm concerned that the outcome will be difficult, when you read this, you will already know. So, as always, its healthy to remember ALL the great good that goes on in the world.   From MSN-Melissa Chan: When bullets rang out at the Route 91 Harvest country-music festival in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, Jonathan Smith could have fled. Instead, the 30-year-old father of three raced back toward danger to help about 20 strangers—ma...
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