Sunday, May 26, 2024

Thought for the Day

You change the world and yourself by changing
your thoughts. And first, you change yourself. And
then maybe you change the world. And then maybe
you help somebody else in their moment of great
despair – or their moment of great joy.
~ Jane Hirshfield

Quoted from "Ezra Klein Interviews Jane Hirshfield: What a Poetic Mind Can Teach Us About How to Live" (Online Transcript from The Ezra Klein Show at The New York Times), March 3, 2023

Jane Hirshfield, Poet, Essayist, Translator

Jane Hirshfield Profiles at Academy of American Poets and Poetry Foundation

Jane Hirshfield on FaceBook

Sunday, May 19, 2024

I'm seeing humanity as at the mouth
of a very long dark tunnel, and right
at the end is a little star – that's hope.
~ Jane Goodall 

Quoted from Ralph Blumenthal, "What's Next for Jane Goodall? An Immersive Spectacle in Tanzania" at The New York Times, April 9, 2024; Online (Subscription Required)

Jane Goodall (1934 – ), Primatologist, Environmental Activist; Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire; United Nations Messenger of Peace; "Dr. Jane's Dream" at Arusha Cultural Heritage Center, Tanzania

Roots & Shoots (for Youth)

Sunday, May 12, 2024

Thought for the Day

Sunrise [. . .] is a state of the heart.
Sunrise is the space where nighttime fears
move aside for hope, where we feel peace
about our mortality in the scope of the universal
truth that love abides.
~ Becca Stevens
Quoted from Becca Stevens, Letters from the Farm: A Simple Path for a Deeper Spiritual Life (New York: Morehouse Publishing, 2015), pp. 24-25, 29
Becca Stevens, Priest; Author; Social Entrepreneur; Founder, Thistle Farms

Sunday, May 5, 2024

Thought for the Day

History says, don't hope / On  this side of the grave. /
But then, once in a lifetime / The longed-for tidal wave /
Of justice can rise up, / And hope and history rhyme.
~ Seamus Heaney

Quoted from Seamus Heaney, The Cure at Troy: A Version of Sophocles' Philoctetes (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1991 (Reprint Ed.)

Seamus Heaney (1939-2013), Irish Poet, Playwright; Recipient, Nobel Prize in Literature, 1995

Biography at The Nobel Prize