Friday, December 31, 2010


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It is good to have an end to journey towards;
but it is the journey that matters.
in the end.

Ursula K. LeGuin

Thursday, December 30, 2010


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No trumpets sound when the important decisions of our life are made.  Destiny is made known silently. 

Agnes DeMille

Tuesday, December 28, 2010


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I have found that all ugly things are made by those who strive to make something beautiful, and that all beautiful things are made by those who strive to make something useful.

Oscar Wilde

Monday, December 27, 2010

Life, Liberty, & the Pursuit of Happiness

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To say that people have an equal right to life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness, means that if, in fact, there is inequality in those things, society has a responsibility to correct the situation and to ensure that equality. 

Howard Zinn, Passionate Declarations: Essays on War and Justice

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Friday, December 24, 2010


Originally uploaded by rchoephoto

God revealed
a sublime truth to the world,
when God sang,

"I am made whole by your life, Each soul,
each soul completes


Thursday, December 23, 2010

A poet

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A poet is a person who lets drop a line that gets remembered in the morning.

E. B. White

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

In Exile

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When you are in exile, you are living a borrowed life.

Alvaro Vieira Pinto, Brazilian philosopher

Paulo Freire & Antonio Faundez, Learning to Question: A Pedagogy of Liberation

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Monday, December 20, 2010


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Will we have the courage to see each other?
Will we have the courage to see the world?

Christina Baldwin, Calling the Circle

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Changes and Transitions

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The first task of change management is to understand the destination and how to get there, the first task of transition management is to convince people to leave home.

William Bridges, Managing Transitions: Making the Most of Change

Friday, December 17, 2010


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Only love is big enough to hold all the pain of this world.

Sharon Salzberg

Thursday, December 16, 2010


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A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Wednesday, December 15, 2010


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Often God shuts a door in our face,
And then subsequently opens the door through which we need to go.

Catherine Marshall

Monday, December 13, 2010


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Today I root myself in the earth. I connect to the seasons and cycles of life, the great wheel of nature that sustains us all. I reach beneath my daily life, funding my soul with the grace that underlies all things. I am grounded in life itself.

Julia Cameron, Transitions: Prayers and Declarations for a Changing Life

Sunday, December 12, 2010


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Life is a series of collisions with the future; 
it is not a sum of what we have been but what we yearn to be.

José Ortega y Gasset

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Friday, December 10, 2010

Thursday, December 9, 2010


Peace in Arabic[1]
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Lo que dicen las palabras no dura. Duran las palabras. Porque las palabras son siempre las mismas y lo que dicen no es nunca lo mismo.

What words say does not last. The words last. Because words are always the same, and what they say is never the same.

Antonio Porchia, trans., W. S. Merwin, Voices

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Benevolence & Wisdom

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To love and care for others is benevolence;
to understand others is wisdom.

Yu Dan, Confucius from the Heart: Ancient Wisdom for Today's World

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

What you leave behind

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What you leave behind is not what is engraved upon a stone monument, but what is woven into the lives of others.


Monday, December 6, 2010


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In 1991, the Canadian Parliament declared December 6 a National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

We remember in horror on this day, on December 6, 1989, the loss of 14 young women, students at l’École Polytechnique in Montreal, murdered because they were women. Every year, we speak their names and the names of too many other victims of violence.

We honour the lives of these 14 women:

Geneviève Bergeron, 21;

Hélène Colgan, 23;

Nathalie Croteau, 23;

Barbara Daigneault, 22;

Anne-Marie Edward, 21;

Maud Haviernick, 29;

Barbara Klucznik Widajewicz, 31;

Maryse Laganière, 25;

Maryse Leclair, 23;

Anne-Marie Lemay, 27;

Sonia Pelletier, 23;

Michèle Richard, 21.

Annie St-Arneault, 23;

Annie Turcotte, 21.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Moment of birthing

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Ten years ago. . . .
I turned my face for a moment
And it became my life.

quoted by Peter Senge
Sam M. Intrator & Megan Scribner, eds., Leading from within

Saturday, December 4, 2010


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Story is a map of human experience. It has chronology, character, scene, and insight. A teller needs a listener; a story needs to be "caught" to be complete.

Christina Baldwin & Ann Linnea, The Circle Way: A Leader in Every Chair

Friday, December 3, 2010


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From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life.

Arthur Ashe

Thursday, December 2, 2010


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Fear is the cheapest room in the house.
I would like to see you living in better conditions.


Wednesday, December 1, 2010


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All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind is part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter into another.

Anatole France

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Just be.

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There is nothing to do. Just be.
Do nothing. Be.
No climbing mountatins and sitting in caves.
I do not even say "be yourself"
since you do not know yourself.
Just be.

Nisargadatta Maharaj,
quoted by Wayne W. Dyer in Being in Balance

Monday, November 29, 2010

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Saturday, November 27, 2010

With the eyes closed

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Quien ha visto con los ojos abiertos, puede volver a ver, pero con los ojos cerrados.

Who has seen with the eyes open can see again, but with the eyes closed.

Antonia Porchia, Voices, translated by W.S. Merwin

Friday, November 26, 2010

Shadows & Reflections

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The unloved parts of ourselves which we try in vain to remove from our lives project themselves onto others, forcing us to recognize them.

John Monbourquette

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Do I dare?

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    And indeed there will be time
To wonder, “Do I dare?” and, “Do I dare?” …
Do I dare
Disturb the universe?

T. S. Eliot, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


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Whom can I ask what I came
to make happen in this world?

Pablo Neruda, XXXI

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Time to think

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Sit down and be quiet.
You are drunk, and this is the
edge of the roof.


Monday, November 22, 2010

To care for the earth

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To care for the mountain, your heart must be a mountain.
To care for the river, your heart must be a river.

Shozo Tanaka, environmentalist

Masao Takenaka, When the Bamboo Bends: Christ and Culture in Japan

Sunday, November 21, 2010

The whole cosmos

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The whole cosmos has come together in order to help you to manifest it. In you, whole cosmos can be found.

Thich Nhat Hanh, Together We Are One: Honouring Our Diversity, Celebrating Our Connection

Saturday, November 20, 2010


Originally uploaded by rchoephoto

We are all drifting and swimming toward an unknown point that will not be what it seems when we get there.

Christina Baldwin, The Seven Whispers

Friday, November 19, 2010

In the Other

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In order to discover ourselves, we need to see ourselves in the other, to understand the other in order to understand ourselves, to enter into the other.

Antonio Faundez, Learning to Question: A Pedagogy of Liberation

Thursday, November 18, 2010


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Love is when two soltudes protect and touch and greet each other.

Rainer Maria Rilke

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Beyond forgetting

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let me remember beyond forgetting
     that my life is not a solitary thing –
          it is a bit of the rushing tide
a leaf of the bending tree –

Winston O. Abbott

Tuesday, November 16, 2010


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History is already different because you are here.
The world has already been changed because you showed up.

Larry Ward

Thich Nhat Hanh, Together We Are One: Honouring Our Diversity, Celebrating Our Connection

Monday, November 15, 2010


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I would not give a fig for the simplicity this side of complexity,
but I would give my life for the simplicity on the other side of complexity.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Seeing & Being

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You will see what you are capable of seeing, and you will be what you are capable of being.

Christina Baldwin, The Seven Whispers

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Collective Consciousness

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Each of us contributes to the collective consciousness.  As we heal our own suffering, we also heal the collective consciousness, so that it becomes healthier, more compassionate, and more just for future generations. 

Sister Jewel

Thich Nhat Hanh, Together We Are One: Honoring Our Diversity, Celebrating Our Connection