Do you wonder what your community does to be kind to each other? Help each other? Show Acts of Kindness? Look at what other communities are doing, and see how you can support yours in innovative and useful ways.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Forgiveness - The Greatest Gift

"If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we should find in each man's life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility." -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

Monday, August 17, 2009

And Still I Rise

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I'll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
'Cause I walk like I've got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I'll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
Weakened by my soulful cries.

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don't you take it awful hard
'Cause I laugh like I've got gold mines
Diggin' in my own back yard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I'll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I've got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history's shame
I rise
Up from a past that's rooted in pain
I rise
I'm a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that's wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.

Amy Sky - Phenomenal Woman

PHENOMENAL WOMAN
by Maya Angelou

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies
I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size
But when I start to tell them
They think I'm telling lies.
I say,
It's in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I'm a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It's the fire in my eyes
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing of my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I'm a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can't touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them,
They say they still can't see.
I say
It's in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I'm a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

Now you understand
Just why my head's not bowed.
I don't shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It's in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
The palm of my hand,
The need of my care,
'Cause I'm a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.


Saturday, August 15, 2009

The Secret: 1st 20 minutes

JK Wedding Entrance Dance

When we first viewed this we found that we had smiled for the entire length of the video. It’s a feel good video that goes against tradition. We hope it inspires you to listen to your heart and get creative with your own life.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

LORETTA LAROCHE: JUICY LIVING, JUICY AGING | Preview

sneak peek of Loretta Laroche's new PBS special LORETTA LAROCHE: JUICY LIVING, JUICY AGING.

Loretta LaRoche, the irreverent humorist, speaker, author and health expert, tackles the question uppermost in the minds of many viewers: How can a person age with energy and vitality? Using the most recent scientific findings about linguistics, positive psychology and diet, she covers the full spectrum of juicy content — language, energy, diet, emotions and behavior. The special premieres August 1 and airs throughout August 2009 on most PBS stations. Check local listings for dates and times in your area at pbs.org. You can help PBS continue to offer everyone — from every walk of life — the opportunity to experience amazing performances and explore new ideas through television and online content.

Sunday, August 09, 2009

How Big Is The Universe

from John Victor Crocker's blog. . .

Sometimes...not often, I think about how big the Universe really is and how small I am in proportion to it. It gives me a little better 'perspective' on some things.

I imagine, when I hear about how 'the universe' is able to provide everything I need, that this is true. Then I think about WHO created the universe, with all it's wonders and details. Who created ME...so unique and different that even my fingerprints and DNA are different than anyone Else's on this planet.

Looking through a telescope I see one thing...looking through a microscope I see the same thing from a different perspective. It gives me a lot to think about...and I'm in awe. I exist and am a little part of the 'big picture', a drop of water in a vast ocean. Then the numbers get so huge that the only one that makes any sense is...ONE. One drop...ONE ocean.

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