Long Walk to Freedom

Nelson Mandela No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite. Find Long Walk …

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In My Own Light

Kathy Jones My hope is that people who see my work are moved to bring their own history to the painting and to tell their own stories. Visit the website for artist Kathy Jones

Poet and Author Helen Frost

    For me, still, each novel emerges from careful attention to language, including the form, the sound, and the imagery, things I first learned through poetry.   Born in Brookings, South Dakota, Helen Frost grew up as one of ten children, in a supportive, close-knit family.  From her earliest memories, her parents nurtured her …

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Message to Myself

Melissa Etheridge I made every choice along the way Each day I spent in hell I chose to stay It’s funny what you fear can make you weak Truth is what you get when truth is what you speak I’m sending out a message to myself So that when I hear it on the radio …

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Horses at Midnight Without a Moon

Jack Gilbert Our heart wanders lost in the dark woods. Our dream wrestles in the castle of doubt. But there’s music in us. Hope is pushed down but the angel flies up again taking us with her. The summer mornings begin inch by inch while we sleep, and walk with us later as long-legged beauty …

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The River Between Us

Richard Peck “Imagine an age when there were still people around who’d seen U.S. Grant with their own eyes, and men who’d voted for Lincoln.” Fifteen-year-old Howard Leland Hutchings visits his father’s family in Grand Tower, Illinois, in 1916, and meets four old people who raised his father. The only thing he knows about them …

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Singing Ringing Tree

Mike Tonkin and Anna Liu Erected in the Pennine hills in Lancashire, England, the Singing Ringing Tree is constructed of galvanized steel pipes which use wind energy to produce music. Learn more about the Singing Ringing Tree Visit the Tonkin Liu Website

A Boat Trip Gone Beautifully Wrong

Angie Miller     If arguments broke out, we’d just be an ugly family caught in a real-life Survivor episode. It was better to stay silent.       My husband and I were guiding our packed canoe which must have weighed 500 pounds into the worst boat launch in the world–a 13 step stairway …

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If You want to Sing Out, Sing Out

Cat Stevens (Yusuf) More by Yusuf Animation by Astranaut

Healing Quote of the Day

We realize the importance of our voice when we are silenced. — Malala Yousafzai More about activist Malala Yousafzai