"If I cannot fly, let me sing." -- Stephen Sondheim
"We lack the "holy scripture" sense about a lot of things. Our constitution is a constitution, not T*H*E* C*O*N*S*T*I*T*U*T*I*O*N. The Prime Minister's a guy we've temporarily hired to run the operation for us, not some semi-Imperial potentate who can't go anywhere without 400 Secret Service bodyguards and a motorcade a mile long. Parliament is a building, not some Roman Revival Temple of Democracy. I could go on..." -- Mark Shainblum, on Canadian politics [ also quoted earlier by realinterrobang]
"This is part of what a family is about, not just love. It's knowing that your family will be there watching out for you. Nothing else will give you that. Not money. Not fame. Not work." -- Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie [via Goodreads]
"[...] as an Orthodox rabbi who does not officiate at same-sex marriages [...] My 'side' did not lose, because my side is never defined by any one position on a matter of ritual or liturgy, no matter how important that matter may be. My side, I hope, is God's side, and the God in whom I believe is infinite -- bigger and more complex than can be reduced to any single decision, or even any single tradition, for that matter." -- Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, "I am an orthodox rabbi who doesnât perform gay marriages, but I celebrate today's Supreme Court decision", 2015-06-26
"In a nation where fewer and fewer people are choosing to marry, and choosing to marry much later when they make the choice at all, today's decision defends traditional marriage, at least as much as it redefines it." -- ibid.
"I would like to not get raped. As such, I am a radical.
"I say radical in the sense of requiring the restructuring or demolishment of social norms and institutions in order for something to be comprehensively addressed. For example, this year we were reminded that a radical statement for Black North Americans is: I would like to not be murdered by my government.
"That is a reasonable thing to ask. It is also a radical statement. These are not mutually exclusive categories."
-- Robot Hugs, 2015-02-15
(Please read the whole thing. Long for a webcomic / short for an essay. They expand on, and support, the bit I quoted.)
"It's really interesting -- they do studies where they give people a hepatitis-A vaccination, and then sleep-deprive them for one night, and then three weeks later when the antibody production has peaked, those people only have half as much antibody to the hepatitis as the controls. They take college students, and they reduce their sleep to four hours a night for five days and then give them a glucose tolerance test, and they look diabetic. It's an incredibly important part of our lives. So what do we have? We've got memory, we've got immune function, we've got endocrine function: if you don't get enough sleep, you're going to end up fat, sick, and stupid!" -- Dr. Robert Stickgold, head of Harvard's Center for Sleep and Cognition, on the NPR program You're The Expert (WBUR, Boston), 2015-01-08 (emphasis in text reflects what I hear in= the audio)
"In order to compose, all you need to do is remember a tune that nobody else has thought of." -- Robert Schumann
[Happy birthday to starmalachite!]
"When safe and wanted touch feels so affirming, why has it become confined to only romantic encounters? How can sustained physical communication be reintroduced into the lexicon of relating to others so that it can be an available and integrated form of communication across the lifespan?
"While working at the senior facility and thinking about touch and physical acknowledgement, I met a friend who invited me to go contra dancing with her. [...]
"Although I knew that contra involved partnered dancing, the amount of physical interaction in the dance was initially jarring for me, especially since there is such an absence of touch in my life. [...]
"[...] Through our visual gaze and tactile interaction of our hands guiding our steps and body positioning, I felt more alive and awake than I had ever experienced before. My dancing partner affirmed my presence and importance in the room. My eye contact mattered, but so did the actual matter of my being; my physical presence. I felt a sense of wholeness, validation, excitement and pleasure in being seen by my partner and seeing how much I mattered through his gaze. Though I was firmly rooted to the ground, the happy feeling elicited in me made me feel like I was flying. As the dance progressed, and I continued to make eye contact with my partner and with my neighbor, who kept changing throughout the dance, I felt that same amazing feeling with each person I danced with. This person sees me and feels the weight of my body! This person sees me too! I couldn't wipe the smile off my face."
-- Sarah Rubin, 2014-11-18
From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2015-05-22:
"There comes a time in the history of nations when fear and complacency allow power to accumulate and liberty and privacy to suffer. That time is now, and I will not let the Patriot Act, the most unpatriotic of acts, go unchallenged." -- Rand Paul, Kentucky senator, in a marathon speech protesting the U.S. Patriot Act on May 20, 2015.
(submitted to the mailing list by Terry Labach)
[I am not a fan of Mr. Paul, but he does have his stopped-clock moments.]
"The solar system is off center and consequently man is too ..." -- Harlow Shapley
[Happy solstice to those who pay attention to it! (12:39 EDT)]
From The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman (via Goodreads):
"What are you doing?"
"I'm darning a sock," he said, holding it up to show me.
"What's that lump inside?"
"A sock egg."
"A sock egg? I didn't know socks hatched from eggs."
"Only the best ones do. I can't wear the cheap kind, the ones that grow on trees. They give me blisters."
"Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally." -- Abraham Lincoln (b. 1809-02-12, d. 1865-04-15)
[I had scheduled this quotation in advance for
Juneteenth. In light of recent
evil fuckheadedness in South Carolina, this
quotation seem inadequate, but at the time I am editing
this note, there's not enough time to find one that addresses
the ongoing poison of racism in our culture that needs
to be rooted out.]
"Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself." -- Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi (b. 1207, d. 1273-12-17)
[Ramadan Mubarak, to my friends celebrating it!]
"Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give." -- Eleanor Roosevelt
Gregorian: 17 June 2015
Julian: 4 Jue 2015
Hebrew: 30 Sivan 5775 (1 Tammuz at sunset)
Islamic: 29 Sha'ban 1436 (1 Ramadan at sunset)
Persian: 27 Khordad 1394
Indian: 27 Jyaistha 1937
"Fabrics doesn't make exquisite dresses, it is the stitches." -- Treasure Stitches
"Read as many books as you can - every book you read means you absorb another life. It's the most pleasurable power-up ever." -- Caitlin Moran, 2014-01-01
[Happy birthday to dmk!]
From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2014-06-07:
"When asked if I am pessimistic or optimistic about the future, my answer is always the same: If you look at the science about what is happening on earth and aren't pessimistic, you don't understand the data. But if you meet the people who are working to restore this earth and the lives of the poor, and you aren't optimistic, you haven't got a pulse. What I see everywhere in the world are ordinary people willing to confront despair, power, and incalculable odds in order to restore some semblance of grace, justice, and beauty to this world. The poet Adrienne Rich wrote, "So much has been destroyed I have cast my lot with those who, age after age, perversely, with no extraordinary power, reconstitute the world."" -- Paul Hawken, Commencement Address 2009, University of Portland.
(submitted to the mailing list by Kathleen Magone)
"Hey, you just tricked me into foreshadowing! You JERK!" -- Breya Andreyasn, in Schlock Mercenary by Howard Tayler, 2000-11-09
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