Mar 31, 2016

Believe, Know, Love



Happiness comes when you believe in what you are doing, and love what you are doing.

Brian Tracy is motivational speaker and personal development coach.  He is also a member of the board of trustees for the Heritage Foundation, a conservative Washington, D.C.-based public policy research institute.

Mar 29, 2016

Dancing



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 28, 2016

The Silence of Our Friends




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 27, 2016

Life and learning



Life is my college.  May I graduate well and earn some honors.

Louisa May Alcott was an American novelist was best known for Little Women, which has been popularized in literature classes and in the media (television and cinema).  Unlike her wholesome Little Women story, she has also written passionate, fiery stories under the pseudonym A. M. Barnard. 

Mar 26, 2016

Sometimes you have to...


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 24, 2016

Be a dreamer


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.

Mar 23, 2016

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 22, 2016

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, 2016

How 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 20, 2016

The opinion that counts


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 14, 2016

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, 2016

Making Sense Out of 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-born philosopher, writer, and speaker.  He was best known as an interpreter and populariser of Eastern philosophy for western audiences.  He wrote more than 25 books and articles related to Eastern and Western religions, including the best-selling introduction to Buddhism - The Way of Zen.