Monday, August 20, 2018

Monday ~ August 20, 2018

A flurry of leaves at the window
like those calendar pages flying
in old movies
to indicate time passing,
and it is passing,
though where it is going
nobody seems to know.
Something is always lost
and something found -
an earring or the key
to a certain door,
to some second self.
I watch as energy and matter
bow and switch places,
as last yeat's leaves appear
and disappear again.

(Linda Pastan, b. 1932)

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Sunday ~ August 19, 2018

Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.

(Carl Sandburg, 1878 - 1967)

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Saturday ~ August 18, 2018

Tribal people say the words are sacred. We don't mean that you are supposed to kneel down and worship them. We mean that you should in your being, recognize that when you speak, your utterance has consequences inwardly and outwardly and that you are accountable for those consequences. You can't just say anything that comes to your head and then get distressed if another person acts on it. Now that other person may have misunderstood you, which means that they have a responsibility to find out exactly what you mean before they act, but the principle is still there.
 Without linguistic honor there can be no community, there can be no ethnic, there can be no love,  there can be no creative vision, there can be no peace, and there can be no relationship.

(Paula Gunn Allen, 1939 - 2008)

Friday, August 17, 2018

Friday ~ August 17, 2018

We are much involved, all of us, with questions about things that matter a good deal today but will be forgotten by this time tomorrow - the immediate wheres and whens and hows that face us daily at home and at work - but at the same time we tend to lose track of the questions about things that matter always, life-and-death questions about meaning, purpose, and value. To lose track of such deep questions as these is to risk losing track of who we really are in our own depths and where we are really going.

(Frederick Buechner, b. 1926)

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Thursday ~ August 16, 2018

We touch this strength, our power, who we are in the world, when we are most fully in touch with one another and with the world. There is no doubt in my mind that, in so doing, we are participants in ongoing incarnation, bringing god to life in the world. For god is nothing other than the eternally creative source of our relational power, our common strength, a god whose movement is to empower, bringing us into our own together, a god whose name in history is love.

(Carter Heyward, b. 1945)

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Wednesday ~ August 15, 2018

Not because of victories
I sing,
having none,
but for common sunshine,
the breeze,
the largess of the spring.
Not for victory
but for the day's work done
as well as I was able;
not for a seat upon the dais
but for at the common table.

(Charles Reznikoff,  1894 - 1976)

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Tuesday ~ August 14, 2018

Now if you listen closely
I'll tell what I know
Storm Clouds are gathering
The wind is gonna blow
The human race is suffering
And I can hear the moan,
'Cause Nobody,
But nobody
Can make it out here alone.

(Maya Angelou, 1928 - 2014)


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