“Tis the Set of the Sail

One ship sails east and one sails west

By the self-same wind that blows;

“Tis the set of the sail and not the gale

That determines the way it goes.


Like the ships of the sea are the ways of fate

As we voyage along through life;

“Tis the set of the soul that determines the goal

And not the calm or the strife.

-Ella Wheeler Wilcox (American author and poet)



Morning Light

The sun is a daily reminder that
we too can rise again from
the darkness, that we too
can shine our own light.


Rainy Saturday

“But luxury has never appealed to me, I like simple things, books, being alone, or with somebody who understands.”

Daphne du Maurier


Image: Marilyn Monroe


"The name ‘November’ is believed to derive from

‘novem’ which is Latin for the number ‘nine’.

In the ancient Roman calendar,

November was the ninth month after March.

As part of the seasonal calendar November

is the time of the ‘Snow Moon’

according to Pagan beliefs and the period described

as the ‘Moon of the Falling Leaves’ by Black Elk."


Ponder This

The myth is that the deregulation or privatization of a moral mission of government eliminates government.

But it doesn’t. Large corporations also govern our lives – often making life and death decisions that affect us.

Government isn’t eliminated. It is just shifted from the public sector, where there is an ethic of protection and public accountability, to the private sector, where there is an ethic of profit and no public accountability.
-George Lakoff from Moral Politics, 2002


3 Years Later

Three years ago Monday, James Holmes shot dozens of people in a movie theater in Aurora, Colo. Holmes last week was found guilty of killing 12 people and injuring 70 others, and jurors will return the courtroom this week to begin the sentencing phase. In the years since Holmes’ crime, 78 additional mass killings have occurred, the most recent being the shooting and resulting deaths of four Marines and one Navy sailor in Chattanooga, Tenn. USA TODAY has kept a tally of mass killings with data going back to 2006. Analysis shows there is a mass killing every two weeks; so far this year, there have been 15 mass killings, claiming 75 lives.

Source: USA Today

Food for Thought

Happiness is when what you think,
  what you say, and what you do
      are in Harmony. –Mahatma Gandi