Peace is inextricably linked with equality between women and men.
~ U.N. Security Council ~
at their open debate on women, peace, and security (October 2002)
What more is there to say?
On the issue of gay rights, I continue to strongly support civil marriage. It is wrong or our civil laws to deny any American the basic right to be part of a family, to have loved ones with whom to build a future and share life's joys and tears, and to be free from the stain of bigotry and discrimination.~ Ted Kennedy ~
Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they
are.~ Malcolm Forbes ~
We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.~ Kurt Vonnegut Jr. ~
(summarizing the moral of his novel Mother Night)
My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together.
~ Desmond Tutu ~
If you have made mistakes...there is always another chance for you...you may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call "failure" is not the falling down, but the staying
down.~ Mary Pickford ~ (1893-1979) Canadian Actress
Is there anything you are feeling is out of your reach? What if you were to jump--jump at the Sun?Mama exhorted her children at every opportunity to "jump at the Sun." We might not land on the sun, but at least we would get off the ground.~ Zora Neale Hurston ~
Even when the right thing to do is obvious, you may not always be the right person to do it. ... The right action for you at a given moment may not be the right action for me. That's what makes the contemplation of personal dharma so tricky and so vital.~ Erica Rodefer ~Yoga Journal
Stop, Count to Ten
When we enter into an intimate relationship, few of us escape visitations of insecurity and shame, of aversion and jealousy. Learning to bring an openhearted presence to these kinds of feelings, rather than reacting out of fear or hurt, is not easy. But when we are willing to stay put and pay attention at precisely the moments when we most want to lash out, cling tightly, or pull away, our relationship becomes a path of deep personal healing and spiritual transformation. As with any type of yoga, one of the blessings of the yoga of relationships is the profound inner freedom that comes from realizing the goodness and beauty of our essential Being.
Learning to pause is the first step toward transformation and healing. We pause by stopping what we're doing—we stop blaming, withdrawing, obsessing, distracting ourselves. In the space a pause creates, our natural awareness arises, allowing us to be mindful, to recognize what is happening inside us without judgment. By pausing, we begin to dismantle lifelong patterns of avoiding or distancing.
Time and again, men and women of faith have shown what is possible when we are guided by our hope and not our fear.~ President Barack Obama ~
Example #1: One medication I am using was produced by two manufacturers--one in China and one in the US. The Chinese product was substandard. Unfortunately, a number of people died because of the impurities in their medication. Fortunately, mine was from the US manufacturer.
When they shut down the Chinese production (as they should have--or perhaps they should have used better oversight from the beginning and not tried to cut so many corners in order to increase profits?) the US company was overloaded with orders and my prescription was delayed until they could catch up with production. Eventually they did. In my case, the delay was not life threatening--perhaps not so for others.
Now here is the kicker--I have used this medication for about a year and a half. Since the Chinese operation shut down (and now there is only ONE manufacturer) the cost increased 500%. In other words, it now costs 6 times what my original prescription cost. (I am one of the fortunates who has health insurance to cover it.)
Example #2: Another medication I take has been around for decades. Many years, I tell you! When I tell medical people what I am using, they say, "Oh, good. That is an inexpensive one." Because they know how long it has been around and how much it costs to produce it. Ha! Not so.
One month's supply costs nearly $1,000 out of pocket. Again, I am fortunate to have insurance that will cover it--AND I am fortunate that this medication is one that my insurance will cover. (Just because someone has insurance doesn't mean that their insurance company will cover the cost. Insurance companies get to choose whether they will pay for a medication--oh, yes, they do.)
If enough people think of a thing and work hard enough at it, I guess it's pretty nearly bound to happen, wind and weather permitting.~ Laura Ingalls Wilder ~
I thought that being faithful was about becoming someone other than who I was, in other words, and it was not until this project failed that I began to wonder if my human wholeness might be more useful to God than my exhausting goodness.
~ Barbara Brown Taylor ~
Hope is the strongest driving force for a people. Hope which brings about change, which produces new realities, is what opens man's road to freedom. Once hope has taken hold, courage must unite with wisdom. That is the only way of avoiding violence, the only way of maintaining the calm one needs to respond peacefully to offenses.
~ Oscar Arias Sanchez ~
excerpted from his 1987 Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech
I don't know if it is a driving force. It keeps me going sometimes. Is that the same thing?
The God of life summons us to life; more, to be lifegivers, especially toward those who lie under the heel of the powers.
~ Daniel Berrigan ~
Jesuit priest, poet, and peace activist
Yesterday I posted my 400th entry on this blog.
To those of you have been here from the beginning, thank you.
To those of you who keep coming back, thank you.
To those of you who leave questions for me, thank you.
To those of you who comment, thank you.
And to those of you who don't comment...why the hell don't you? (Wait. Is that a disconnect after the quote you just read?)
Have a good Sunday.
The consciousness of loving and being loved brings a warmth and richness to life that nothing else can bring.~ Oscar Wilde ~
Irish Dramatist and Poet
Susan Sparks [a trial attorney who became a Baptist minister]:"I can't understand why people don't think God has a sense of humor, given 1 Kings 5:9, where the Lord strikes all the Philistines with hemorrhoids."
In "Trust Jesus and Elvis," [one of her sermons] she explains what Christians can learn from the King. "Elvis fans believe the King lives, baby--there are sightings every day, from a beach in Singapore to a Burger King in Detroit," Sparks says. "If only Christians had that kind of faith."from "Does God Have a Sense of Humor?" by Jennifer Haupt Ode Magazine August 2009
[Robert] Provine [a neuroscientist at the University of Maryland in Baltimore] even chronicles a "laughter epidemic" in Tanzania during the 1960s that lasted two and a half years, affected 1,000 people and forced 4 missionary schools to close. The laughter "afflicted" female students and their female relatives, not their teachers, fathers or other authority figures. In that sense, it was very similar to the regular epidemics of "mad laughter" I've discovered in my research into sectarian groups in 17th-century England, laughter that marks the solidarity of a radically disempowered dissident group against a dominant, autocratic culture.from "I laugh, therefore I am" by Blaine Greteman
Ode Magazine, August 2009
"One of the biggest mistakes people still make is assuming that laughter is uniquely human; it's not," says Robert Provine, a neuroscientist at the University of Maryland in Baltimore who's studying laughter to gain insight into the biology of social behavior. ...If you tickle a rat, it laughs; we just can't hear it."from "I laugh, therefore I am" by Blaine GretemanOde Magazine, August 2009
Laughter is the sensation of feeling good all over and showing it principally in one place.~ Josh Billings ~
A rabbi, a Lutheran pastor, and a Zen monk walk into a bar. "Hey, what is this--some kind of joke?" the bartender asks.Ode Magazine 8/09
Why don't Buddhists vacuum in the corners?
Because they have no attachments.~ Ode Magazine (August 2009) ~
If you are not familiar with Ode Magazine, run on over and take a look. Ode bills itself as the magazine for "intelligent optimists." I love it. Does that make me intelligent? An optimist? Oh, I hope so.Psychologist John Gottman, who specializes in marital stability and divorce, has found that for couples who stay married more than seven years, the absence of laughter predicts divorce far more consistently that the presence of outright animosity.from the article "I Laugh, Therefore I Am" by Blaine Greterman
Ode Magazine (August 2009)
Run, my dear, from anything that may not strengthen your precious budding wings to be able to fly alone.Yes. They can both climb the stairs by themselves. In a couple more weeks, I'll have to find something else to block the stairs, since they will be able to jump over the folding table I am using. Or, maybe we will luck out and Misi will not object to them by then.~ Hafiz ~
If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.
~ Lilla Watson~
Aboriginal elder, educator, and activist
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