Monday, October 29, 2012

Shinichi Suzuki

To reason whether one has talent or not is to no avail. Abandon these thoughts, and use your own power to create talent.

from Nurtured by Love: A New Approach to Education. 1969, p 47.

Friday, October 26, 2012

John Daniel

A Prayer among Friends

Among other wonders of our lives, we are alive
with one another, we walk here
in the light of this unlikely world
that isn't ours for long.
May we spend generously
the time we are given.
May we enact our responsibilities
as thoroughly as we enjoy
our pleasures. May we see with clarity,
may we seek a vision
that serves all beings, may we honor
the mystery surpassing our sight,
and may we hold in our hands
the gift of good work
and bear it forth whole, as we
were borne forth by a power we praise
to this one Earth, this homeland of all we love. 

"A Prayer among Friends" by John Daniel, from Of Earth.
© Lost Horse Press, 2012.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Gretchen Reynolds

Every single hour of television watched after the age of 25 reduces the viewer’s life expectancy by 21.8 minutes.

As reported by Gretchen Reynolds in "Get Up, Get Out, Don't Sit", NY Times, 10/17/2012

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Miss Piggy

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. And it may be necessary from time to time to give a stupid or misinformed beholder a black eye. 

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Lily Tomlin

The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you're still a rat.