I usually do not post overly political posts on this blog. I try to keep the majority of my content here light and fresh. But the ongoing events in Ferguson, Missouri have had me anxious and edgy for days. I grew up in that area and in an adjacent town. While I no longer live in the St. Louis area, I am just flabbergasted at how divided our country has become in the past week following the police shooting of Michael Brown.
In fact, this past week has shown us that racial tensions are still among us, lurking in the shadows, waiting to rear its head. This past week has opened old wounds of very real and very racial issues in our recent past: the beating of Rodney King, the OJ Simpson trial, Trayvon Martin’s death and subsequent trial. Americans, especially fair-minded white Americans, wince in revulsion at the horrible crimes of the past. We thought we were past this. [Read more…]
Wednesday’s on the blog, I reserve for wisdom/virtue quotes. It is something I started a year ago as a way to learn more about the virtues and to share a few quotes that I have found on each. Today, I am going to deviate a bit from this for today. You see, I have just heard of the passing of the great Dr. Maya Angelou and my heart is very heavy. Instead of posting my traditional wisdom/virtue quotes, I am going to post wisdom quotes of Dr. Maya Angelou.
Dr. Angelou was an actress, singer, dancer, novelist, professor, and activist. She was a legendary influence globally renowned for her poetic power and her dedication to civil rights. Dr. Angelou authored great works such as “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings“, “The Heart of a Woman”, and “Mom & Me & Mom”. Dr. Angelou passed away at her home on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at the age of 86. Rest in Peace, Dr. Angelou. Thank you for all that you have contributed to this world. [Read more…]
“To love God and neighbor is not something abstract, but profoundly concrete: it means seeing in every person and face of the Lord to be served, to serve him concretely.” (Pope Francis, Address during Visit at the Homeless Shelter “Dona Di Maria,” 5/21/13)
If you are anything like me, you may always feel obligated to offer assistance when you see a homeless person, especially at this time of the year. A lot of people believe that “assistance” should be monetary. I disagree. Assistance can come from offering food, clothing, opportunity, or just talking with the person. [Read more…]
Every parent knows that raising children is a very important job. We raise them with the hopes that they will be honest, hardworking, compassionate human beings. With patience and love, we teach them about morals and manners, joy and justice, safety and security with the hopes that they mature into adults that carry themselves with integrity.
With the passing of Nelson Mandela on December 5, 2013, I began to think of some of his famous quotes. I started noticing that some of his most memorable quotes are things that I strive to teach my children about themselves, character, and the world. Below are 7 important Nelson Mandela quotes to teach our children so they become strong adults filled with conviction and drive to change the world.