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Oct 01

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” — Maya Angelou

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Sep 30

“Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.” — Percy Shelly

“If I get a pick, I’m going to prostrate before God in the end zone.” — Husain Abdullah, free safety for the Kansas City Chiefs and a practicing Muslim who was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct for excessive celebration for bowing in prayer after intercepting Tom Brady on Sunday. Funny, I don’t remember Tim Tebow getting penalized…

Sep 29

“When the rabbi’s words are too obscure
for my child’s mind,
I reach for your tallis.
I find patience in each thread,
and weave the melodies into them.
Journeying to sacred places on each strand,
my fingers braid the tassels.
Crisscrossing them into paths
that carry me across ancient desert sands.
They bring a quiet contentment,
moments of gentle peace between us.” — Anita Getzler, from this breathtaking meditation on memory and grief for the High Holy Days.

Sep 27

“Improvisation is the highest form of art.” — Daniel Barenboim, conductor

Sep 26

“You should focus on being more interested, than more interesting.” — John W. Gardner

Sep 25

“He who binds to himself a joy
Does the winged life destroy
He who kisses the joy as it flies
Lives in eternity’s sunrise” — William Blake, quoted in our upcoming show with public intellectual for the millennial generation, Nathan Schneider.

Sep 24

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Sep 23

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Sep 20

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Sep 19

“When you drink water, think of its source.
飲水思源”

Sep 18

“We come out of nowhere, don’t we, in the sense that we’re a total accident. Our parents met. There’s the accident. And, you know, we’re born. Obviously, we come from someplace physiologically. And then comes the emergence of our being, which is the psychological and spiritual emergence of our being that takes time, experience, education of a certain kind with parents and neighbors and teachers and relatives and from one another humanly. And this slow emergence of our psychological being and our spiritual being is itself a great mystery. And mystery, you bet — mystery is a great challenge. It’s an invitation, and it’s a wonderful companion, actually.” — Robert Coles, in The Inner Lives of Children.

Sep 17

“Grief has a tremendous power. When we submerge it in avoidance, we can’t use it for spiritual growth. Allow grief’s power to propel you.” —

Miriam Greenspan, from Healing through the Dark Emotions

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