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Veteran’s Day: Lincoln at Gettysburg

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Antietam National Battlefield, Maryland
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But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate-we can not consecrate-we can not hallow-this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced.

Abraham Lincoln, speaking at the National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, November, 1863

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Hew out of the Mountain of Despair a Stone of Hope

April 4, 1968, America lost Dr. Martin Luther King to a sniper’s bullet.  That evening, ignoring police warnings of violence, Robert Kennedy spoke to the black community of Indianapolis in the most  heartfelt speech I have heard   He spoke in words of anguish, yet he offered hope for America, thus echoing Dr. King’s call to “hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope.”  While rage at Dr. King’s murder exploded into riots in scores of American cities, Indianapolis was spared violence.  Perhaps because people there  believed a leader actually cared?  Robert Kennedy’s voice, though silenced 2 months later by an assassin, speaks to us today.

What we need in the United States is not division; what we need in the United States is not hatred; what we need in the United States is not violence and lawlessness, but is love, and wisdom, and compassion toward one another, and a feeling of justice toward those who still suffer within our country, whether they be white or whether they be black.

—Robert Kennedy, April 4, 1968

 

Can Spring Be Far Off?

If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?

—Percy Shelley, Ode to the West Wind

The temperatures do not say winter, yet leaves have become scarce in my part of Michigan and now bare tree branches reach for  the sky.  Naturally, the poet’s winter and spring may be of the calendar, or they may symbolize times when the sunlight of life  has faded and we await its returning warmth.

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The Art of Overlooking

The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.

William James

A quote that now holds great personal meaning for me, as James suggests we choose not to respond to most negativity, either in our present or stored in the attic of  the past.

(suggested by a lovely post on “Let it come from your heart”)

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