“Be as a bird perched on a frail branch that she feels bending beneath her, still she sings away all the same, knowing she has wings.” -Victor Hugo One of the most essential efforts today is to rebuild and heal our human infrastructure and find our way back to one another. Despite all that is happening around us, to realize our shared humanity is … Read More Wings of Freedom
I started thinking a lot about leadership and how too many are in the news for shirking their responsibilities or making outright lies. It is easy to believe that “that’s just the way it is,” but I would have to disagree. There are way, way more of us doing the work that needs to be done each day. Though we don’t make the headlines … Read More Work that is Real
“The nation is not divided. You go out there and take a look and talk to people; you have fringes on both ends. But it’s not nearly as divided as we make it out to be, and we have to bring it together.” -President Joe Biden It has been a challenging couple of years to write about “not being a divided nation” because there … Read More Standing Together
“We cannot expect to change what’s in the world unless we first awaken what lies deeply within.” -Dr. Tererai Trent “Is this America?” That is the question that has been posed to us in the impeachment trial this week, and it is an essential question. As much as it falls on the shoulders of our elected leaders, it lands upon each of us to … Read More Are We Willing?
“And so to love this country and to love humanity is to push humanity constructively to be a better form of itself, and there’s no way we’re going to be a better form, there’s no way we can build a better humanity, while we still have on the shackles of racism.” –Ibram X. Kendi Today Officer Brian Sicknick lies in state at the United … Read More What lies beneath it all
“But dignity is also corroded by poverty no matter how poetically we invest the humble with simple graces and charm. No worker can maintain his morale or sustain his spirit if in the market place his capacities are declared to be worthless to society.” ― Martin Luther King Jr., Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community? “Do you feel depressed? Am I the … Read More Where Do We Go From Here?
“The time is always right to do the right thing. Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” -Martin Luther King, Jr. I have observed a few things and maybe needed to include them in The Civil Graces Project. These are basic things, but apparently, they aren’t clear to all by what we continue to see. Like Life’s Little Instruction … Read More Every Day Civil Graces
“We shall nobly save, or meanly lose, the last best hope of earth. Other means may succeed; this could not fail. The way is plain, peaceful, generous, just — a way which, if followed, the world will forever applaud, and God must forever bless.” -Abraham Lincoln Like many, my eyes watched the disturbing images at the Capitol today. My heart is breaking for our … Read More Manifesting Our Destiny
“No virtuous act is quite as virtuous from the standpoint of our friend or foe as it is from our standpoint. Therefore we must be saved by the final form of love which is forgiveness.” ― Reinhold Niebuhr, The Irony of American History Where do we stand? It all depends on our vantage point. In the final weeks of the transformative year 2020, it feels … Read More Excess Baggage
“It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it.” —Eleanor Roosevelt In my writings, I often refer to the big table where we gathered when I was growing up. This is where we would do our homework, play games, and do art projects. Anything and everything happening in … Read More Instruments of Peace
“It is in the depths of your life that you will discover the invisible necessity that has brought you here. When you begin to decipher this, your gift and giftedness come alive. Your heart quickens and the urgency of living rekindles your creativity.”― John O’Donohue, Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom In light of all that is happening, you may feel like I do at … Read More Discerning our Place
“Gratitude turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity…it makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” -Melody Beattie One of my favorite memories was teaching my gravy-loving son the alchemy of how the gravy is made. He was so excited to see the magic. Tomorrow … Read More Gratitude is enough