Oct 25, 2015

Why We Need Friends

Letty Cottin Pogrebin is an American author, social activist, and national lecturer.  Some of her published works include:

Single Jewish Male Seeking Soul Mate

How to Be a Friend to a Friend Who's Sick

Three Daughters

Getting Over Getting Older: An Intimate Journey

Oct 18, 2015

Forgiving An Enemy

"It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend."
~William Blake
William Blake was an English poet, painter, and printmaker. He was born on  November 28, 1757 and died August 12, 1827.  There is an interesting biography of this radical poet at www.poets.org


Oct 13, 2015

Spread Love

"Spread love everywhere you go.  Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier."
~Mother Teresa

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

Oct 11, 2015

Why It's Easier With Friends

Elizabeth Ann "Betty" Ford was First Lady of the United States from 1974 to 1977, as the wife of the 38th President of the United States, Gerald Ford. Learn more about this remarkable and inspiring woman from her biography.

You may also want to read the book Healing and Hope: Six Women from the Betty Ford Center Share Their Powerful Journeys of Addiction to learn more about how the Betty Ford Center in California (which Betty Ford co-founded) has been a pioneer treatment center for helping people overcome addictions.

Oct 9, 2015

Good Friends

Better to have one friend of great value, than many friends who were good for nothing.

This interesting quote has been credited to Anacharsis, a Scythian philosopher from the early 6th century BC.  He left his native country in the northern shores of the Black Sea to travel in pursuit of knowledge. He came to Athens about 589 BC where he made a great impression as a forthright, outspoken "barbarian".  


Oct 4, 2015

Love Until It Hurts

It's been one of our favorite quotes and we've always wondered what it meant. Any ideas ? 
What does this quote mean?  It starts with an old adage of doing something until it hurts, in this case, the giving of love.   There is a very inspiring interpretation of this quote on PHILOSIBLOG-Home of the Examined Life

Oct 2, 2015

Words of our enemies

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)