Sunday, May 28, 2023

Thought for the Day

[. . .] Did you know / there are tribes in the Amazon rain forest //
who are, this minute, speaking a language without /
the past tense? [. . .]
~ Faith Shearin

Quoted from Faith Shearin, "No Eyes" in Lost Language: Poems (Press 53, 2020), p. 30

Faith Shearin, Award-Winning Poet 

Sunday, May 21, 2023

Thought for the Day

History tells us that with every great empire
comes great barbarism, that the two are inseparable, 
so that to diminish barbarism you must dismantle
the empires. This forces the question of what, really,
civilization brings to people that they did not already
have. And why is civilization so hard on the people
who turn it down?
~ Barry Lopez

Quoted from Barry Lopez, "Puerto Ayora" in Horizons (Vintage, 2019), p. 216

Barry Lopez (1945-2020), American Author, Essayist, Nature Writer, Fiction Writer

Barry Lopez Obituary at The New York Times, December 26, 2020 (Updated January 12, 2021)

Sunday, May 14, 2023

Thought for the Day

Never grow a wishbone where your backbone ought to be.
~ Clementine Paddleford


Quoted from Clementine Paddleford, c. 1920s

Clementine Paddleford (1898-1967), American Journalist, Food Writer

Kansas Historical Society

Sunday, May 7, 2023

Thought for the Day

[. . .] weeping may linger for the night,
but joy comes in the morning. [. . .]
~ Psalm 30

Quoted from The NRSV Bible, Psalm 30, v. 5