Nevertheless, We Persisted: Success Often Depends on How Hard-Headed You Are

Persistence can grind an iron beam into a needle. ~Chinese proverb Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination … Continue reading Nevertheless, We Persisted: Success Often Depends on How Hard-Headed You Are

May the Fourth Be With Us

“We must keep our faith in the Republic. The day we stop believing democracy can work is the day we lose it.” — Queen Jamillia “So this is how liberty dies. With thunderous applause.” — Padmé Amidala “Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger; anger leads to hate; hate leads … Continue reading May the Fourth Be With Us

Every Season (and Session) With a Bit More Experience

Experience is the hardest kind of teacher. It gives you the test first, and the lesson afterward. ~Oscar Wilde The only source of knowledge is experience. ~Albert Einstein Last week - weeks after our "last frost date" - we got snow. Big, fluffy, wet flakes that bent over the bright green new foliage they landed … Continue reading Every Season (and Session) With a Bit More Experience

The Seeds You Plant Today

Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago. ~Warren Buffett The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. ~Eleanor Roosevelt About 20 years ago, they decided to do something. The land was dead. Brown, used up, dusty and gray. But it once … Continue reading The Seeds You Plant Today

Stumbling Forward

Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by discomforts. ~Arnold Bennett Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. ~Martin Luther King, JR. It's hard to know how to feel this week. On the one hand, we had corporations showing real signs that they … Continue reading Stumbling Forward

Corporations Do See Color. Especially Green. And Maybe Red White and Blue.

We who engage in nonviolent direct action are not the creators of tension. We merely bring to the surface the hidden tension that is already alive. ~Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We hit a nerve. In response to Georgia's new Jim Crow-esque voter suppression laws, activists called for a boycott of Georgia companies. And wouldn't … Continue reading Corporations Do See Color. Especially Green. And Maybe Red White and Blue.

Freeing Democracy

The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it. ~Moliere The blocking of the Suez Canal by the Ever Given was one of the most captivating stories of the week, and for good reason. Whether we knew it before or not, we're all at the mercy of a vast shipping enterprise that's as precarious … Continue reading Freeing Democracy

Maybe You, Too, Can Lift A Car.

The trouble is, you think you have time. ~Buddha The most powerful lesson you can learn in running? You are capable of much, much more than you think. ~Amby Burfoot A quick story: In 1977, a 63-year-old woman named Laura Schultz lifted a car off of her grandson, saving his life. She was a petite … Continue reading Maybe You, Too, Can Lift A Car.

I hope everyone remembers.

Finding light in the darkness is a very American thing to do…We have seen front-line and essential workers risking their lives, sometimes losing them, to save and help others, researchers and scientists racing for a vaccine, and so many of you, as Hemingway wrote, being strong in all the broken places. ~President Joe Biden Honestly, … Continue reading I hope everyone remembers.

The last year

We do not learn from experience ... we learn from reflecting on experience. ~John Dewey No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear. ~C.S. Lewis Mostly it is loss which teaches us about the worth of things. ~Arthur Schopenhauer Here we are again. It's March. Still. In some ways it feels like … Continue reading The last year