Monday, December 17, 2018

Change The World ~Margaret Mead

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."

~Margaret Mead



Artwork from P J Crook 

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Simple, Genuine Goodness ~ Louisa May Alcott

“Simple, genuine goodness is the best capital to found the business of this life upon. It lasts when fame and money fail, and is the only riches we can take out of this world with us.” 

Louisa May Alcott




Artwork from  Paige Koosed http://www.koosed.com/index.html



Friday, December 7, 2018

Pulsing with Sentience ~Joel Salatin

"All of creation is pulsing with sentience: when the sunflower tracks the sun across the sky, when the maple tree withholds its sap in a windstorm so that if a big branch falls it will have enough sap to run to the wound. Appreciating these things elevates our reverence, awe, and wonder to a higher plane. When you kill something on a video game, you wait five seconds and it gives you a new icon. But when you go out to the garden and the tomato plant is dead, that’s it. The gravity of that situation helps to create a frame of reference to how we interact with each other. Sometimes we become so disconnected that we don’t have a frame of context for what true sacrifice is....

As people become more disconnected, they become disempowered. At the same time, government agents and the bureaucracy is addicted to this manipulative attitude: oh, we can just manipulate the market and health, as opposed to realizing that, fundamentally, we are very, very dependent and this is the posture that G_d wants us to have. It is the mutual dependency; a servant’s heart toward each other. When our hands are in the soil, when we are actually thinking about our dependence on air, soil, water, microbes, and the magnificence of life, it gives us a better perspective on what is at our fingertips. It makes us a little more humble and a little less manipulative, and a little more appreciative of other people’s abilities, gifts, and talents. I think that is true diversity."



Artwork from Eric Ravilious






Friday, November 30, 2018

Grace of Silence~ Harriet Beecher Stowe

“Let us resolve: First, to attain the grace of silence; second, to deem all fault finding that does no good a sin; third, to practice the grade and virtue of praise.” 

Harriet Beecher Stowe




Artwork from Marion Lee James http://marionleajamieson.ca/

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Continuing Creation ~ Canadian Yearly Meeting

"We do not own the world, and its riches are not ours to dispose of at will. Show a loving consideration for all creatures, and seek to maintain the beauty and variety of the world. Work to ensure that our increasing power over nature is used responsibly,with reverence for life. Rejoice in the splendour of God’s continuing creation."

Advices and Queries Canadian Yearly Meeting 


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Artwork From Angela Harding https://angelaharding.co.uk/


Tuesday, November 13, 2018

At The Boundaries ~ Will Bonsall

“When you look at the boundaries of your garden, I assure you that you are seeing a mirage. There are no borders around your garden. Your garden is more like a pebble dropped in the water - what you perceive as a boundary is just the innermost ripple; countless other ripples spread out from there and bounce back from afar. This must be so, else how can we call a garden organic?.......For me - and, I believe, everyone else - that’s the challenge: to focus on the minute details while constantly remaining aware of the big picture. It's what motivates me to farm, indeed to live, as I do.”


~ Will Bonsall




Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Where I Exist~ Donna Tartt

"And just as music is the space between notes, just as the stars are beautiful because of the space between them, just as the sun strikes raindrops at a certain angle and throws a prism of color across the sky - so the space where I exist, and want to keep existing, and to be quite frank I hope I die in, is exactly this middle distance: where despair struck pure otherness and created something sublime." 

~ Donna Tartt 




Artwork from Carl Larsson https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_Larsson

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