Tag Archives: Martin Luther King Jr.
“Poetry is the lifeblood of rebellion, revolution, and the raising of consciousness.” ~ Alice Walker. I picture myself as being a little contrary as a child. I am probably not unique in this, perhaps all children are contrary by nature, until it is ‘socialized’ out of us and we learn to be conformists (to behave). […]
“I think we all have empathy. We may not have enough courage to display it.” ~ Maya Angelou. I first felt the full force of racism in Jacksonville, Florida. It was 1978. I had driven there to take my Nursing Boards, what is now known as the NCLEX-RN. At that time there were three sites […]
“Love’s in need of love today.”~Stevie Wonder. The father of my children was a complex man. He could argue all day on a variety of topics: sports, politics, injustice, you name it. What animated him was the history of injustice perpetrated on Africa and people of African descent world over. He was not a fan […]
“Each man’s joy is joy to me; each man’s grief is my own.”~Joan Baez. When I was a child I held my (only, older) brother in high esteem. I basically thought he was the expert on everything. He broke my heart when he told me the truth about Santa Claus (Father Christmas in our tradition). […]
“If you don’t love yourself, you cannot love others. You will not be able to love others. If you have no compassion for yourself then you are not able of developing compassion for others.”~Dalai Lama. This world can be a scary place, with examples of hate and violence evident in living color whenever we turn […]
“The opportunity for brotherhood presents itself every time you meet a human being.” ~Jane Wyman Last year I learned an interesting fact about the culture of the people of the Dominican Republic. We were having a ‘culture’ day in class, a day when I invite the students to bring an item that symbolizes their culture. […]
“The ultimate lesson all of us have to learn is unconditional love, which includes not only others but ourselves as well.”~ Elisabeth Kubler-Ross We all agree that love is a wonderful thing. If we are lucky we grow up surrounded by a loving family, and take love for granted. When we become adolescents it becomes […]