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Saturday, July 4, 2015

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Independence Day - July 4th


Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.
- Emma Lazarus - written on the Statue of Liberty in New York harbor

We hold these truths to be self-evident:
that all men are created equal,
that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights,
among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
- Thomas Jefferson [Declaration of Independence]

They who can give up essential liberty
to obtain a little temporary safety
deserve neither liberty nor safety.
- Benjamin Franklin

The only thing necessary for evil to triumph
is for enough good men to do nothing.
- Edmund Burke

Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.
- Abraham Lincoln

The best way to enhance freedom in other lands
is to demonstrate here that our democratic system is worthy of emulation.
- Jimmy Carter


Further reading: Taking Action About Things That Matter

The Price of Standing for Something Important

Blaze Your Own Trail

A Different Drummer

Choose to Soar

Friday, July 3, 2015

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What is "The Truth?"


Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact.
Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.
- Marcus Aurelius

Truth is not defined by
how many people believe something.
Ask. Question. Think.
Decide - for yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance -
it is the illusion of knowledge.
- Daniel J. Boorstin

The truth. It is a beautiful and terrible thing,
and should be treated with caution.
- J. K. Rowling

The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie,
deliberate, contrived and dishonest,
but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.
- John F. Kennedy

Keep the company of those who seek the truth;
run from those who have found it.
- Václav Havel


Further reading: Truth isn't True. Reality isn't Real.

Be a Seeker

Lifelong Learning

Perspective on Tradition: An Open Mind



Thursday, July 2, 2015

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All Life


Nature is full of genius, full of the divinity;
so that not a snowflake escapes its fashioning hand.
- Henry David Thoreau

Pause to appreciate the beauty around you.
Whether rainbow or butterfly,
mountain or tree, painting or poem -
whether crafted by nature or by a human hand -
beauty adds a magical element to life
that surpasses logic and science.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Be gentle with the earth.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.
- William Shakespeare

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.
- Albert Einstein


Today's affirmation:
I see the miracle in all of life.
I am thankful for all creation.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Today's photo is of a jellyfish.

Further reading: Natural Web of Life

The Beat of the Universe

One Great Dewdrop

Life's Rhythm

One With The Earth

Obeying Nature

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

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Honor the Children


Grown men can learn from very little children
for the hearts of little children are pure.
Therefore, the Great Spirit may show to them
many things which older people miss.
- Black Elk

There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul
than the way in which it treats its children.
- Nelson Mandela

There are two lasting bequests we can give our children:
One is roots, the other is wings.
- Hodding Carter

If a child lives with criticism,
he learns to condemn.
...
If a child lives with fear,
he learns to be apprehensive.
...
If a child lives with encouragement,
he learns to be confident.
...
If a child lives with acceptance,
he learns to love.
- Dorothy Law Nolte

Nothing you do for a child is ever wasted.
- Garrison Keillor


Further reading: Childlike Wonder

As a Child Again 

God's Children

Feeding the Children

Our Grandchildren's Planet

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

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Color and Light


Colors are the smiles of nature.
- Leigh Hunt

All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.
- St. Francis of Assisi

Paint your life in bright bold colors,
and shine your light into the darkness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Further reading: The Canvas Of Life

Create Light for Others

A Light from Within

Calm During Storms

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