“A poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom.”
– Robert Frost
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“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”
– Dan Millman
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“Climate is a common good, belonging to all and meant for all.”
— Pope Francis, Laudato Si’ paragraph 23
(With the Paris climate talks underway, I am sharing some quotes from the papal encyclical.)
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“Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer.”
— Leonardo da Vinci
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“Words are a path to the mind; poetry is a drug for the soul.”
– J. T. Carlton
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“I can be changed by what happens to me but I refused to be reduced by it.”
– Maya Angelou
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“People are called to be leaders in unusual ways,” Walker said. “Today, I believe that I am being called to lead by helping to clear the field in this race so that a positive, conservative message can rise to the top of the field.”
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker said this yesterday in his speech suspending his campaign for the Republican party’s nomination for the presidency.
It is one of the most unusual leadership calls I have ever seen.
Leading by quitting? And inviting others to follow you in quitting, too?
In one way, I am relieved that he has abandoned his presidential bid because I think his policies would have been a disaster for the country, but there are a number of other candidates in the field who are even more destructive and they are not about to “follow his lead” in leaving.
I guess the bright side is that the next debate may be able to fit all the candidates on stage at once, instead of having a small sideshow debate before the main event.
Seriously. I’m trying to find something positive to say about the mess that is the Republican nominating process.
It’s a difficult assignment.
“Every change of mind is first of all a change of heart.”
— The 14th Dalai Lama
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“In theory, there is no difference between practice and theory. In practice, there is.”
– Attributed to Yogi Berra, but probably not by him
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“As we celebrate the last 95 years of progress in advancing women’s rights, let us rededicate ourselves to the idea that our nation is not yet complete: there is still work to do to secure the blessings of our country for every American daughter.”
– President Barack Obama, from the declaration of today, August 26, 2015, as Women’s Equality Day in the United States, in recognition of the adoption of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution, barring sex discrimination in voting rights.
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