Mar 29, 2012

Discovering Yourself


Solitude is essentially the discovery and acceptance of our uniqueness.

Mar 25, 2012

Secret of a Happy Marriage


The secret of a happy marriage is finding the right person.  You know they're right if you love to be with them all of the time. 

Yes, that quote came from the famous TV chef, Julia Child.  As a very witty and entertaining chef, she brought complex French cooking to our homes via television and published books, making the art of French cooking simple and fun for even the average homemaker. 

Mar 23, 2012

Moving Forward



Let us not look back in anger or forward in fear, but around in awareness.

James Thurber was a celebrated American cartoonist and author.  He lived from 1894-1961.  Most of his work was published in The New Yorker, and later collected into his books.

You can enjoy some of James Thurber's works in the following books:

Mar 21, 2012

Learning to Love


We can only learn to love by loving. 

Iris Murdoch was born on July 15, 1919 and lived until February 8, 1999.  She was an Irish-born British philosopher and author.  Her philosophical works were influenced by Simone Weil and Plato, while her novels follow the tradition of novelists like Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, George Eliot, and Proust.  

Mar 19, 2012

The opinion of others

The opinion which other people have of you is their problem, not yours.

Elizabeth Kubler-Ross was a Swiss American psychiatrist, a pioneer in Near-death studies and the author of the groundbreaking book On Death and Dying (1969), where she first discussed what is now known as the K├╝bler-Ross model.

Mar 15, 2012

A Person's Character


Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands.

Mar 13, 2012

Change


The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.

Alan Watts was a British philosopher, writer, and speaker.  He wrote more than 25 books and articles on subjects related to Eastern and Western religion.   He introduced Buddhism to mainstream youth via the popularity of his book The Way of Zen.  Check out some of his written work through these books:

Mar 9, 2012

Contemplation


Never be afraid to sit a while and think.

Lorraine Hansberry was an African American playwright, best known for "A Raisin in the Sun".  The play debuted on Broadway in 1959.  It was inspired by her family's plight and battle against racial segregation in Chicago.

Mar 7, 2012

The hidden language of the soul

 

Dance is the hidden language of the soul of the body.

Martha Graham was an American modern dancer and choreographer whose influence on dance has been compared with the influence Picasso had on modern visual arts, Stravinsky had on music, or Frank Lloyd Wright had on architecture. (From Wikipedia)

Some recommended reading on Martha Graham include:

Martha Graham - An American Original in Performance

Nietzsche's Dancers: Isadora Duncan, Martha Graham, and the Revaluation of Christian Values

Martha Graham Dance on Film (The Criterion Collection)

Martha Graham: A Dancer's Life

Mar 5, 2012

Silence


In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of of our friends.

Martin Luther King Jr. was an American clergyman, activist, and prominent leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. The rights he fought for and the issues he stood up for maintain their permanent places in American history.

Some recommended readings related to his life and his achievements include:

The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Speeches By Martin Luther King: The Ultimate Collection

A Call to Conscience: The Landmark Speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. - I Have a Dream

A Picture Book of Martin Luther King, Jr. (Picture Book Biography)

Mar 3, 2012

The Hunger For Love

The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.

Mother Teresa was a Roman Catholic nun of Albanian ethnicity and Indian citizenship.  She was born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu and lived from August 26, 1910 to September 5, 1997.  She was well-known for her over 45 years of ministry to the sick, poor, orphaned, and dying.  Through her work, many charities, shelters, hospices, and homes had been founded.  

To learn more about Mother Teresa, check out this biography on her written by Leo-M. Maasburg: Mother Teresa of Calcutta: A Personal Portrait

Mar 1, 2012

Imagine


You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one...I hope someday you will join us, and the world will live as one.

These were lines from the famous John Lennon song, Imagine. John Lennon was born on October 9, 1940 and died on December 8, 1980 after he was shot by Mark David Chapman at the entrance to his New York apartment building.  Much has been said about this founding member of the famous rock band, The Beatles, who has also successfully created and performed music as a solo artist.  To learn more about John Lennon, please visit the John Lennon Official Website.