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>Eleanor Roosevelt on Meet The Press 1957

In Uncategorized on November 30, 2008 at 9:09 pm

>”We’re living in a time where everything is changing… where there’s no use in belittling your rival or putting your head in the sand and saying ‘I don’t want to know.’ It’s much better to know.”

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22425001/vp/27982854#27982854

In Eleanor Roosevelt’s book You Learn By Living (1960) she tackles the subject of hope and effort and belief and the power of faith.

“Surely, in the light of history, it is more intelligent to hope rather than to fear, to try rather than not to try. For one thing we know beyond all doubt: Nothing has ever been achieved by the person who says, `It can’t be done.'”

Eleanor Roosevelt is widely regarded as one of the finest ambassadors the USA has ever put forth. Her words and wisdom resonate to this day.

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>I Can Only Imagine.

In Uncategorized on November 23, 2008 at 9:20 pm

>A heartfelt Wynonna performing a country classic….

“When the quiet stillness of the night comes, you ask yourself… is this what it’s all about?”

:Wynonna sings I Can Only Imagine:

“not preachin… just teachin”

>All of Me

In Uncategorized on November 22, 2008 at 1:14 am

>
:Dinah Washington sings All of Me at the Newport Jazz Festival 1958:

>A United States of America.

In Uncategorized on November 5, 2008 at 8:08 pm

>Today we march on.


:Boyz in da Hood Waiting for Music Class:

A new song begins.

Into a higher conversation.

Awake and aware.

>"Angels of Our Better Nature."

In Uncategorized on November 4, 2008 at 3:00 pm

>There’s been a lot of talk about Abraham Lincoln and his presidency circuluating. In the air.

The reasons are obvious.
He was statesman.
He was a leader standing on the cusp of an uncertain future.
He presided after a war that pitted brother against brother.
He attempted to tide the rift of a long fought battle and seemingly insurmountable differences of opinion.
He delivered the United States into a new era.

On this election day. I post the last paragraph of Abraham Lincoln’s first inaugural address, delivered March 4, 1861…

“We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battle-field, and patriot grave, to every living heart and hearthstone, all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”

Lincoln's First Inaugural Address (Top Treasure): American Treasures of the Library of Congress

May it be so.

>Poet’s Walk!

In Uncategorized on November 3, 2008 at 6:58 pm

>
:Central Park’s – Poet’s Walk:

Enjoy!

WHAT TO REMEMBER WHEN WAKING

In that first
hardly noticed
moment
to which you wake,
coming back
to this life
from the other
more secret,
moveable
and frighteningly
honest
world
where everything
began,
there is a small
opening
into the new day
which closes
the moment
you begin
your plans.

What you can plan
is too small
for you to live.

What you can live
wholeheartedly
will make plans
enough
for the vitality
hidden in your sleep.

To be human
is to become visible
while carrying
what is hidden
as a gift to others.

To remember
the other world
in this world
is to live in your
true inheritance.

You are not
a troubled guest
on this earth,
you are not
an accident
amidst other accidents
you were invited
from another and greater
night
than the one
from which
you have just emerged.

Now, looking through
the slanting light
of the morning
window toward
the mountain
presence
of everything
that can be,
what urgency
calls you to your
one love? What shape
waits in the seed
of you to grow
and spread
its branches
against a future sky?

Is it waiting
in the fertile sea?
In the trees
beyond the house?
In the life
you can imagine
for yourself?
In the open
and lovely
white page
on the waiting desk?

~ David Whyte ~

(The House of Belonging)