Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Taking time

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Nothing really important in life is done instantaneously.  The instantaneous is about satisfaction, not about quality.

Joan Chittister, Welcome to the Wisdom of the World And Its Meaning for You

Monday, June 28, 2010


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Example is not the main thing in influencing others.  It is the only thing.

Albert Schweitzer

Saturday, June 26, 2010


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When the way comes to an end, then change –
having changed, you pass through.

The I Ching

Thursday, June 24, 2010


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The important thing is not that we can live on hope alone, but that life is not worth living without it.

Harvey Milk

Wednesday, June 23, 2010


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Alone, I have seen many marvelous things, none of which were true.

African proverb

Monday, June 21, 2010

Where we came from

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Unless we understand and cultivate what each of us had inherited from wherever we came from, we could not really give the world back everything it needed to find in us.

Joan Chittister

Sunday, June 20, 2010


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You can look the whole world over and never find anyone more deserving of love than yourself.


Saturday, June 19, 2010

Friday, June 18, 2010

The single greatest failure

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The single greatest failure of the Canadian experiment, so far, has been our inability to normalize – that is, to internalize consciously – the First Nations as the senior founding pillar of our civilization.

John Ralston Saul, A Fair Country: Telling Truths about Canada

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Our Cries

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From inside those walls
no one outside heard our cries:
when we left,
no one heard our cries from within.

Indian Residential School Memorial in Walpole Island, Ontario, Canada

Tuesday, June 15, 2010


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Be content with what you have,
rejoice in the way things are.
When you realize there is nothing lacking,
the whole world belongs to you.

Lao-Tzu, Tao Te Ching

Monday, June 14, 2010


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Given the fact that both myself and others are exactly the same in not wanting pain,
What difference could there ever be between us,
What reason that I protect myself and not all others?

Shantideva, 8th Century Buddhist Sage

Sunday, June 13, 2010

The World Has Changed

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The World Has Changed:
Wake up & smell
The possibility.  ... 
The world has changed:
Don't let

Alice Walker, The World Has Changed

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Only being

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No need for words. Only being.

Laura Wright, Quiet Mind, Open Heart: Finding Inner Peace through Reflection, Journaling, and Meditation

Friday, June 11, 2010

Thursday, June 10, 2010


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We might say that the whole of life lies in that verb. 

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Wednesday, June 9, 2010


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A funeral or memorial ceremony gives us an opportunity to reflect on our own values. What is important to us?
At times of death, we ask questions, including where our lives fit into the overall picture. Death strips us, at least for a while, of all the extraneous in our lives.

Bill Phipps, Moderator, The United Church of Canada

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Letting go

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Suffering is only letting go of things that don't work anymore. On the other side of suffering is belief.

Don Coyhis, Mohican Writer

Monday, June 7, 2010


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How you slice up your time also reflects how you identify yourself.

Iris Sangiuliano, In Her Time

Sunday, June 6, 2010


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Love gets better if you give it away
Give it away
Give it away
Love gets better if you give it away
You end up having more. ...

Song from the 60s in the United States

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Reflection of the Divine

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If a grain of sand can become a reflection of the divine, just think what can happen to the human being.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Friday, June 4, 2010

Wednesday, June 2, 2010


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Music is a memory bank for finding one's way about the world.

Bruce Chatwin, Songlines