The New Colossus

Independence Day. Liberty Enlightening The World

The New Colossus

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

-By Emma Lazarus
(1849–87), written in 1883


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Life Lessons from Maya Angelou


April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014

Maya Angelou has been such an inspiration for so many of us.  It makes me really proud that we are all celebrating the accomplishments and outlook of a female African-American poet.  Here are a very few quotes that reflect her practical wisdom:


“I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way (s)he handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.”


“I do not trust people who don’t love themselves and yet tell me, ‘I love you.’ There is an African saying which is: Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt.”


“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”


“Nothing will work unless you do.”

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Hokusai says…

Honey bee on a beautiful pink flower outdoors


Hokusai says Look carefully.
He says pay attention, notice.
He says keep looking, stay curious.
He says there is no end to seeing.

He says Look Forward to getting old.
He says keep changing,
you just get more who you really are.
He says get stuck, accept it, repeat yourself
as long as it’s interesting.

He says keep doing what you love.
He says keep praying.
He says every one of us is a child,

every one of us is ancient,
every one of us has a body.
He says every one of us is frightened.
He says every one of us has to find a way to live with fear.

He says everything is alive –
shells, buildings, people, fish, mountains, trees.
Wood is alive.
Water is alive.
Everything has its own life.
Everything lives inside us.
He says live with the world inside you.

He says it doesn’t matter if you draw, or write books.
It doesn’t matter if you saw wood, or catch fish.
It doesn’t matter if you sit at home
and stare at the ants on your verandah or the shadows of the trees
and grasses in your garden.

It matters that you care.
It matters that you feel.
It matters that you notice.
It matters that life lives through you.

Contentment is life living through you.
Joy is life living through you.
Satisfaction and strength
are life living through you.
Peace is life living through you.

He says don’t be afraid.
Don’t be afraid.
Look, feel, let life take you by the hand.
Let life live through you.

-by Roger Keyes


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Gifts from the Heart

These are the most meaningful – both to those who give and to those who receive.

The gift of listeningPink Gerber Daisy

The gift of appreciation

The gift of patience

The gift of solitude

The gift of laughter

The gift of optimism

The gift of curiosity

The gift of a smile

The gift of being present

These are gifts we all deserve…

                                       pass them on!


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Anne Frank

“I don’t think of all the misery but of all the beauty that still remains.”

“Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!”

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”


Anne Frank

June 12, 1929 – March, 1945

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God surrounds you in love

Remember that you are a spiritual being in human form

Answers are always within you

Take time to listen to the still, small voice inside

Invite love into your life

Trust that everything is in divine order and you will always be taken care of


Unbounded joy awaits your invitation

Delight in small miracles

Enjoy the present moment and give thanks all the time!


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Mother Teresa


Mother Teresa

August 26, 1910, Skopje, Macedonia -September 5, 1997, Calcutta, India

“Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.
Life is beauty, admire it.
Life is a dream, realize it.
Life is a challenge, meet it.
Life is a duty, complete it.
Life is a game, play it.
Life is a promise, fulfill it.
Life is sorrow, overcome it.
Life is a song, sing it.
Life is a struggle, accept it.
Life is a tragedy, confront it.
Life is an adventure, dare it.
Life is luck, make it.
Life is too precious, do not destroy it.
Life is life, fight for it.”

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