You Have More In Common With The World Than You Think

I was deeply touched by this powerful video despite having a pretty good idea what would happen.
With Love,
Russ

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We are like islands in the sea, separate on the surface but connected in the deep.

William James (1842-1910)

The things that make people interesting are their unique talents. Like someone whose guitar playing moves us, or someone whose storytelling captivates us, whose art transports us, whose passion inspires us to change the course we’re on.

Sadly some things that make us different also divide us, like the colour of our skin, our level of education, our societal status, our culture, our belief system. Different takes us out of our comfort zone, makes us feel vulnerable. The unknown is frightening.

So we vilify those who aren’t like us. ‘They’ are less civilized, less intelligent than us. We create rules and laws that hurt them. We find ways to protect ourselves from them while overlooking the injustices we impose upon them.

The above quote is a good metaphor to clearly illustrate how we are all connected. What…

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And Yet I’m Still Having Fun

There is an official exemption for grandfathers.

With Love,
Russ

Kevin Barrett's Blog

Setting a good example for children takes all the fun out of middle age.
   —  William Feather
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On This Day In:
2016 I See Coincidence Everywhere
CA3: Civil War
2015 I Resemble That Remark… (5!)
2014 The Writer’s Dilemma
2013 Just Paying The Rent
2012 Remembering…
2011 A Little Farther

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Amazon’s New Echo for Senior Citizens (courtesy of SNL)

This post is dedicated to all who are “Of a certain age” and to all who will be fortunate enough to live that long some day. This could come in handy for me.
With Love,
Russ

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Hilarious!

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Think Different

To Creatives everywhere, and to those who benefit from their boldness. May you succeed beyond your wildest dreams.

With Love,
Russ

Teacher as Transformer

This poem, writen by Rob Siltanen, was part of an early Apple advertising campaign. He was a creative director for the company.

It stands out for me, because it echoed a phrase that emerged from my dissertation: “Differences make a difference.” It is in difference we discover what makes us each exceptional. Without the differences, we blend into an indistinguishable mass mere copies of one another. Worse yet, we might only copy the worst of the people we see succeeding.

The poem reminds of the Michelangelo quote: “Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.”

To be a teacher, is to inspire and allow each student to discover who they are. It is to be mindful and sensitive to what makes each of them different. It is to both serve and lead at the same time. It…

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Today’s Quote

I love the tapestries that so many dear people in my life are weaving. Their beauty colorfully enriches my life.

With Love,
Russ

Soul Gatherings

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What you leave behind is not
what is engraved in stone monuments,
but what is woven into the lives of others.

~ Pericles ~
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A Tale of Two Trees

I love cherries. My Beloved bought and planted two cherry trees for me. One is healthy, growing fast, and had a big first crop of cherries this year. The second tree is tiny. Shortly after it was planted it partially shriveled up and I thought it would die. I’d pretty much given up on it. Our home remodeling project is about to begin and I told Heidi it would be fine with me if the tiny tree was taken out during the construction project. It seemed highly unlikely it would bear fruit this season, and perhaps ever. With Heidi’s continued TLC it stayed alive but remained less than half the height and a quarter of the volume of the other tree.

I recently noticed Tiny Tree proudly displaying a single cherry. It was as if with mighty effort a lone cherry was the best it could do. But there was something about that effort and accomplishment that inspired a change of heart in me. I’m now going to leaf him where he is. I like rooting for the little guy. Puns aside, I believe life is like that. When we make the extra effort and do our best the universe seems to root for us and often offers extra support and TLC to help keep us going and growing.

May your days be filled with blessings.

With Love,

Russ

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Genuine Tragedies

Conflict today is often because two “right” people or groups made wrong choices yesterday.
With Love,
Russ

Kevin Barrett's Blog

Genuine tragedies in the world are not conflicts between right and wrong. They are conflicts between two rights.
– Georg Hegel
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On This Day In:
2016 Why I’m Scared OfNovember
2015 I Can Tell Too
2014 In Hand
2013 No Fear
2012 Comic Books
Keeping The Peace
2011 You Still Have To Pay For It

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