Tag Archives: Maya Angelou

Forever Grateful

Because we’ve each received the gift that makes all other gifts possible – our very existence – may we adopt the persistent and unshakeable habit of offering thanks every day for as long as we live. “Gratitude is not only … Continue reading

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Let’s Grow Wise and Surprise Everyone

Thought for the Week “The older we get, the faster we were” (printed on t-shirts at a college runners’ reunion). We can’t buy wisdom, we can’t inherit it, and we certainly can’t download it. Yes, it’s based on experience, yet … Continue reading

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Courage

Today is Veterans Day in my country. Originally called Armistice Day to commemorate the end of World War I, it has been broadened in many nations to honor the veterans of all wars. But whether known as Veterans Day, Remembrance … Continue reading

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Until We Are All Free

“…until we are all free.” Those words are illustrated every year in the holiday Juneteenth. Which commemorates not the official 1865 proclamation that all American slaves were freed, but the real date two months later when the last slaves in … Continue reading

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A Safe and Cozy Place

A year ago this month, our sense of safety plummeted. Until then, “Be safe” was reserved for anxious mothers sending off their children. But amidst a worldwide pandemic, it became the new “Have a good day,” the new “I care.” … Continue reading

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What Is Love?

Valentine’s Day has a rep for being shallow, a sales gimmick for the greeting card and candy companies. And it can be that–if we let it. On the other hand, it can be a day for celebrating something bigger and … Continue reading

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Light and Shadows

As a filmmaker, I’m intrigued by the uses of light and shadow. Objects and faces appear flat when flooded with light. Adding shadows models them, bringing out depth and dimensionality. People and places, seem more real when they’re shown in … Continue reading

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The Life of a Writer

“Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.” ~E.L. Doctorow     “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” ~Maya Angelou “Each writer is born with a repertory company in his head. As you get … Continue reading

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Because I’m Right!

I dislike you for the same reason I dislike Former Me and Future Me–because they disagree with Current Me! “Civility costs nothing, and buys everything.” ~Mary Wortley Montagu “If we lose love and respect for each other, this is how … Continue reading

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