Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Catching up

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The story is told of a South American tribe that went on a long march, day after day, when all of a sudden they would stop walking, sit down to rest for a while, and then make camp for a couple of days before going any farther. They explained that they needed the time of rest so that their souls could catch up with them.

Sam M. Intrator & Megan Scribner, Leading from within

Tuesday, March 30, 2010


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If you don't like the news, go out and make some of your own.

Wes Nisker, his closing salutation as a Newsman on radio station KTIM in the 1970s

Monday, March 29, 2010

Faceless Women

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Most of my photos feature faceless women.  To me a woman without a face represents 'any woman.'  And 'she' tells the story of a collective as opposed to the story of any individual.

Smita Barooah Sanyal, Majority World,

Sunday, March 28, 2010


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We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.

T. S. Eliot, Little Gidding

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Friday, March 26, 2010


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We are all mortal.  What divides us is the use we make of the time and opportunities we have.

Madeleine L. Albright, Forward to Leading from within, edited by Sam M. Intraitor & Megan Scribner

Thursday, March 25, 2010


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What is poetry if not, among other things, an instrument that helps us take readings of our own hearts?

Parker J. Parmer, introducion to Leading from within

Wednesday, March 24, 2010


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With every act of leadership, large and small, we help co-create the reality in which we live, from the microcosm of personal relationships to the macrocosm of war and peace.

Parker J. Palmer, introduction to Leading from within, edited by Sam M. Intrator & Megan Scribner

Tuesday, March 23, 2010


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Leaders must inspire others to feel a part of the mission of the work.  It is then that we can accomplish what we cannot do alone.

Rosemary Jordano Shore, Leadng from within

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Circle of Firelight

Originally uploaded by rchoephoto

It has always been scary
to step into the circle of firelight,
to show up in the company of strangers,
to ask for entrance or offer it. Our hearts race –
Will we have the courage to see each other?
Will we have the courage to see the world?
The risks we take in the twenty-first century
are based on risks human beings took
thousands of years ago.
We are not different from our ancestors,
they are still here, coded inside us.
They are. I believe,
Cheering us on.

Christina Baldwin, Caling the Circle

Saturday, March 20, 2010


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The apocalypse is the way the world looks after the ego has disappeared.

Northrop Frye, The Great Code

Friday, March 19, 2010

Thursday, March 18, 2010


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If our language is inadequate,
our vision remains formless,
our thinking and feeling are still
running in the old circles,
our process may be “revolutionary”
but not transformative.

Adrienne Rich

Wednesday, March 17, 2010


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The poet furnishes the world with fresh knowledge, combining the gift of speech (oratio) with he gift of reason (ratio), creating figures on the page that becomes a substance themselves, interpreting reality as much as reflecting it.

Jay Parini, Why Poetry Matters

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Monday, March 15, 2010

Goal of the Voyager

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The goal of the voyager is to find the universality in recognizable terms.

Pier Giorgio Di Cicco, Municipal Mind: Manisfestos for the Creative City

Sunday, March 14, 2010


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The word nobility does not refer to medieval knights and courts.  It drives from the Greek gno (as in gnosis), meaning "wisdom" or "inner illumination."  In English, nobility is defined as human excellence, as that which is illustrious, admirable, lofty, and distinguished in values, conduct, and bearing.

Jack Kornfield, The Wise Heart from The Best Buddhist Writing 2009

Saturday, March 13, 2010


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It's not that there's not enough beauty; it's that there's so much it can hardly be borne.

Heather King, The Closest to Love We Ever Get from The Best American Spiritual Writing 2008

Friday, March 12, 2010

Unchanging Principles

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We must adjust to changing times but hold still to unchanging principles.

Miss Julia Coleman, President Jimmy Carter's high school teacher

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Monday, March 8, 2010

International Women's Day

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The true liberation of women cannot take place without the liberation of men. Basically the women's liberation movement is not only feminist in inspiration, it is also humanist. Let men and women look at one another honestly and try together to give society a new set of values.

Thérèse Casgrain (1896-1981), 100 Canadian Heroines: Famous and Frgotten Faces by Merna Forster

Sunday, March 7, 2010


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Winter is come and gone,
but grief returns with the evolving year.

P.B. Shelley, Adonais

Saturday, March 6, 2010


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Sustainability is about the ethic of sufficiency.

Pier Giorgio Di Cicco, Municipal Mind: Manisfestos for the Creative City

Friday, March 5, 2010

Who has seen the wind?

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Who has seen the wind?
Neither I nor you:
But when the leaves hang trembling
The wind is passing thro'
Who has seen the wind?
Neither you nor I:
But when the trees bow down their heads
The wind is passing by.

Christina Rosetti

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Free the People

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Speak the truth to people
Talk sense to the people
Free them with reason
Free them with honesty
Free the people with Love and Courage and Care for their Being.

Marie Evans, quoted in Speaking the Truth: Ecumenism, Liberation, and Black Theology by James H. Cone

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Seeking the alternatives

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No social system, no historical vision, no theoretical totalization, no matter how powerful, can exhaust all the alternatives or practices that exist within its domain. There is always the possibility to transgress. … There’s always an opportunity to formulate an alternative, and not either to remain silent or to capitulate. … I think it’s the role of the intellectual always to be asserting the alternative.

Edward Said in Conversations with Edward Said by Tariq Ali

Tuesday, March 2, 2010


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God is inside you and inside everybody else. You come into the world with God. But only them that search for it inside find it. And sometimes it just manifest itself even if you not looking, or don’t know what you looking for. Trouble do it for most folks I think … Yeah, It. God ain’t a he or a she, but a It.

Alice Walker, The Color Purple

Monday, March 1, 2010


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There is only one position for an artist anywhere; and that is, upright.

Dylan Thomas