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#1476177 --- 09/21/15 02:53 PM Re: Quotable quotes [Re: twocats]
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CONNECTION

The birch leaves are yellowing and soon the cranes will be flying south as Summer seamlessly moves into Autumn. When does the one end and the other begin? It's different every year, but one day I become aware that the light is changing and I find myself looking back on the warm mornings of July and forward to the cool evenings of October. What did I plant in the Springtime and what am I harvesting now?

At the end of the soul-retrieval course in August I realized that my red thread for the course was connection: connection with the circle, connection with the spirits, connection with all there is. But sometimes it is difficult to feel the connection. When the world around us is ill and it affects us all. The wars, the pollution, the social injustice. The list goes on and on. Most human activity in the world today is clearly dysfunctional. Who is sick – and how does it happen?

People forget that they are connected, even to themselves. Here in the western world we are brought up to succeed, whatever that word may mean, and everyone seems to be battling for their place in the sun, and we become ill in some way - physical, emotional, or otherwise - it's about 'me' - my stress, my ulcer, my illness.

But is it? Many indigenous peoples living in a traditional way realize that when one person is not well then it has an effect on the entire social fabric. The illnesses we suffer from do not only affect us. They touch our families who must take care of us, our friends who want to help out, and more. The reverse is also true, when the society is ill the people suffer. Because of this awareness the healing ceremonies in traditional societies are not only for the sick - they are opportunities to bring the people back together with the spirits, to repair the net of power which connects us all, and to re-establish balance in the community.

The interconnection is clear. As the Buddhist teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh would say, "We inter-are". Yet so many ask, "But what can I do?" I feel the first step must be to realize and live our connection, to know that we are not isolated, to constantly remind ourselves that we are all in this together - with all there is - that it’s not about me, it is about us. And here we are.


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#1476232 --- 09/24/15 04:48 PM Re: Quotable quotes [Re: twocats]
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"Climate change is a problem which can no longer be left to a future generation."

~Pope Francis
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#1477087 --- 10/21/15 05:55 PM Re: Quotable quotes [Re: twocats]
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There is just one love y'all
There is just one beat

~Michael Franti
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#1479637 --- 12/12/15 08:17 AM Re: Quotable quotes [Re: twocats]
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“And hope does not disappoint.” (Romans 5:5)
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#1479904 --- 12/16/15 05:59 PM Re: Quotable quotes [Re: twocats]
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"He now felt glad at having suffered sorrow and trouble, because it enabled him to enjoy so much better all the pleasure and happiness around him."

~ Hans Christian Andersen
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#1480509 --- 01/07/16 04:24 PM Re: Quotable quotes [Re: twocats]
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“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.”

~Siddhartha Gautama
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#1480514 --- 01/07/16 08:55 PM Re: Quotable quotes [Re: twocats]
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"Wherever you go, there you are." -Buckaroo Banzai (among others)
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#1480528 --- 01/08/16 07:46 AM Re: Quotable quotes [Re: twocats]
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There isn't time, so brief is life, for bickerings, apologies, heartburnings, callings to account. There is only time for loving, and but an instant, so to speak, for that.

~ Mark Twain
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#1480624 --- 01/11/16 05:54 PM Re: Quotable quotes [Re: twocats]
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"We are the ancestors of the future."

~ Julia Butterfly Hill
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#1480680 --- 01/13/16 07:22 PM Re: Quotable quotes [Re: twocats]
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... As long as you continue to tar social democracy with all the crimes of communism, I feel equally entitled to tar the free market with the crimes of slavery, segregation, colonialism and genocide; piss me off and I'll add fascism and the Nazis.

-Greg Erwin
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#1480730 --- 01/15/16 09:01 PM Re: Quotable quotes [Re: twocats]
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"...bunches of flowers and kisses, their bodies locked together by a stopwatch."
Descriptive on an affair."

~ Susan Richards Shreve
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#1488463 --- 08/18/16 08:08 PM Re: Quotable quotes [Re: twocats]
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"We all fight. Fight nature, obstacles, plateaus, negativity, doubt. Keep fighting, watch yourself outlive it all."

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#1488700 --- 08/23/16 08:05 AM Re: Quotable quotes [Re: twocats]
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#1489097 --- 08/31/16 08:44 PM Re: Quotable quotes [Re: twocats]
Teonan Offline
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Dave Cline ... 25th Inf. Div., Organizer VVAW and bridge to healing with NamVets and Vietnamese survivors. He was an anti-war soldier, military veteran activist, trade unionist, anti-racist, and friend to many.

Dave Cline Was The First To Shake My Hand And Say Welcome Home Brother (poem)
~By Nathan Lewis

same Kalashnikovs, newer M-16's
cities were the jungles
sandstorms instead of monsoons
same burning homes
Hellfires instead of Zippos
we convoyed, never humped
near beer instead of beer
no day passes, no Tu Do street
but something called an X-Box
wi-fi porn, not much grass
same lies pouring from TV
different newscasters
same blood pouring from twenty year olds
different countries
same war profiteers
different boogie man
DU instead of Agent Orange
pills instead of heroin
torture pictures in higher resolution
regionally appropriate racial slurs
same Johnny Cash
Kid Rock not Hendrix
no Bob Hope
and a much lamer Jesse James
same despised puppet regime
same buses to DC
same boonie hats, different colors
but when I got home from Iraq
wise uncles inspired
instead of condemned


~Nathan Lewis is an artist, activist and Iraq vet. He makes handmade paper from military uniforms with other veterans. They call it Combat Paper.
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#1489119 --- 09/01/16 09:01 AM Re: Quotable quotes [Re: secure white guy]
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Originally Posted By: secure white guy


Truth.
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#1490409 --- 10/04/16 10:45 AM Re: Quotable quotes [Re: twocats]
Teonan Offline
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These are not the chosen things.
These are the things that have chosen me.
And I'm riding for my life; it's a terrible thing to be afraid all the time.
When you reach the point of a death wish, feeling that anything has got to be better than this
then just keep repeating.
Just go on repeating.
There's always hope, that no good thing ever dies.
The river is carrying each one of us to the finish line.
One day we'll be on the other side.

~Ty Rocky
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#1492016 --- 11/05/16 06:26 PM Re: Quotable quotes [Re: twocats]
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The Bleeding Heart

You called me a bleeding heart.

Words flung with force and fury,

Spittle clinging to your lips like a rabid dog.

Because I refuse to meet your hate with more hate all you have left

is to attack my heart.

My lifeblood, lifeforce, life-affirming, life-loving, life-giving heart.

And you were right.

My heart bleeds in the midst of suffering.

Regardless of race, creed, color, gender, sexual orientation or

political affiliation, my heart bleeds.

My heart bleeds in the midst of injustice.

For every child who loses a parent,

Every man who loses his life,

Every loved one left behind,

Every person denied their rights,

My heart bleeds.

Your insult is my badge of honor.

It is what makes me weep for you

My critic

My persecutor

My mirror

My cautionary tale

My compass

My teacher

My heart bleeds for you.

For your heart.

So like that rabid dog,

So mired in misplaced fear and anger

irrational, and yet so very real to you.

That same bleeding heart you so fanatically condemn

bleeds in equal measure for your abandonment of your own.

Because if your heart doesn’t bleed

It doesn’t love.

If your heart doesn’t break in the face of horror, regardless of lines on a map or shades of skin,

it should.

And it would,

If the hate

And the fear

And the anger

Were stripped away.

Because that is what a heart is for.

At the heart of the heart is love.

~Jennifer Merlich, July 7, 2016
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#1492574 --- 11/16/16 06:38 PM Re: Quotable quotes [Re: Teonan]
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A society that puts equality before freedom will get neither. A society that puts freedom before equality will get a high degree of both. – Milton Freedman

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#1492675 --- 11/20/16 10:53 AM Re: Quotable quotes [Re: Rich_Tallcot]
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There’s nothing on this green earth that a liberal progressive fears more than a black American who wants a better life and a smaller government. – Allen West

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#1492678 --- 11/20/16 01:11 PM Re: Quotable quotes [Re: twocats]
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BAM! cool

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