Matthew 25:31-45

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Please read this section from Matthew.

31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.

34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’

44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’

45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’

 

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Love

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My friend was saying that many of her family members voted for Trump.  She said that she doesn’t think less of them, or not like them because of this. She said that many people say that Trump supporters are stupid, dumb, or evil people.  She said that that makes her very sad.

This makes me sad as well.

My mother has said that Trump supporters are dumb.

I have thought less of people who voted for Trump.

Trump supporters are just expressing their opinion.  Even though these opinions are rather racist, sexist and generally not good.  They have a right to their views, just like people who didn’t vote for Trump.

We need to respect them for the humans they are.  We need to respect their views.  We would not be happy if people called us stupid because we have the views that we do.  So we need to think, would we like it if someone called us stupid?

Calling Trump supporters stupid is along the lines of what Trump himself would call non-Trump people.  We don’t want to be like Trump, right?

At least I don’t…

So love.

Love is the way through this.

Love the people who are targeted by Trump.  Love the people who are scared.  Love the your friends and family.  Above all, love the people you don’t agree with.  Trump supporters included.

A challenge?

Yes.

But try.

You can’t say that something is impossible until you have thoroughly tried it.

More Books!! :-D

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If you haven’t noticed…I write a list of books when I don’t know what else to write about.

So here is a list of some good books I’ve been reading:

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

For Freedom: The Story of A French Spy by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Little White Duck: A Childhood in China by Na Liu and Andres Vera Martinez

The Witch’s Boy by Kelly Barnhill

The Feast Day by Edwin Fadiman Jr.

The White Stag by Kate Seredy (all her books are amazing)

The Astronomer & the Witch: Johannes Kepler’s Fight For His Mother by Ulinka Rublack

Wordsworth and Coleridge Lyrical Ballads: 1798 and 1802 publiched by Oxford

 

 

Anna Deavere Smith

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I just finished reading Anna Deavere Smith’s book letters to a young artist.  I really, really liked it.  There is a quote I would like to share from the second to last letter, entitled The World Is Your Lab:

“As you go on this journey, BZ, I cannot promise safety.  I can try to help bring you to a kind of artistic leadership.  And that calls not for safety, but resilience, and breaking molds when you can.  It calls for absorbing this fractious world, absorbing it, sifting through it in your dreams, in your subconscious, in less than obvious ways, and giving it back to a viewer or an audience so that they see the cover of the newspaper differently.”

 

I think this quote really sums up her message of the book.  And I think it’s really what being an artist-of any kind-is.

2017

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Whoa.  It’s really hard for me to believe that it’s already 2017.  I can remember last January so clearly!

Anyway, a brand new year.  What will come this year?  Brand new opportunities, brand new insights, joys, imaginings and changes.  Hope fully those changes will be mostly for the good…

Here, it was gloriously sunny and in the mid 40’s.  A great start to the new year.

I love the new year, January is so nice because you have the entire year ahead of you!  It’s so new!  That’s what’s so inspiring.

This morning, I sneezed.   My mom said “bless you” and I thought, my first sneeze of the year and the first time my mom said “bless you” to me.  Weird thing to think, probably.  😛

This morning I started out doing two loads of dish washing!  Which I never do. I think it was a good productive start to the day. 🙂

Happy 2017!

Happy Holidays!

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Wow, it’s been so long since I posted anything!  Frankly it’s because I haven’t thought of much to say.  I’ll try to give a general update though.

Our animals are good.  Gracie, our calf is getting very large and is so cute!  Meg, her mother, is cranky for no apparent reason other than the fact that it’s winter and she doesn’t have grass to eat.  Maybe also the fact that she is a cow.  ha.  The chickens are good, venturing out because it’s been warmer.  the cat and dog are well.  The dog was outside last night and I heard her yelp.  Later on, we noticed that she has a cut on her leg, but she can reach it with her tongue, so she’ll be fine.

A few days ago we watched Star Wars: A New Hope.  It was my first time seeing any Star Wars.  I liked it.  The first part to that particular one was rather dull, but the second part was much better.

Been reading a lot.

Under the Egg & Gallery by Laura Marx Fitzgerald

Song of the Lioness by Tamora Pierce

Catherine Called Birdy & Mathilda Bone by Karen Cushman

 

Well, Happy Holidays!

 

 

The Safety Pin Movement

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You may have seen someone wearing a safety pin.  Maybe it was a small one pinned to their jacket, or maybe they had on a very large safety pin, hung around their neck on a chain.

The reason for this sudden interest in safety pins, is based off of something people in the UK did after Brexit.  People wore a safety pin to show their solidarity with refugees and other scared parties of people.

In this time after Donald Trump’s election, many have taken up the safety pin again.  You do not need to be saddened by Trump’s election, you do not need to support Hillary Clinton, you do not need to be old enough to vote, to wear a safety pin.  As long as you support what the safety pin stands for: solidarity with those who are scared, those who will be negatively affected by Donald Trump’s presidency, those who are immigrants, those who have experienced hate speech or hate crime because of Donald Trump’s election.  To show that you are not racist, sexist, homophobic or xenophobic.

Wearing a safety pin, means that you are a safe person.  If you stand with all those things above, please wear a safety pin.  It is a wordless token, that you are safe.

Thank you.

 

To read more:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/14/fashion/safety-pin-ally-activism.html?_r=0

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/safety-pin-trump-brexit_us_58251b53e4b0c4b63b0c11a9

Concession Speech

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I like the William Faulkner quote Tim Kaine used at Hillary Clinton’s concession speech:

“They kilt us, but they ain’t whupped us yit.”

 

I liked the whole speech actually.  In my opinion Hillary definitely is not a sore loser and she seemed just as fired up to continue her career, in spite of this set back.

My take on it is that, yes, it’s a set back, but it also is a learning experience.  As Hillary said in her speech “So my friends, let us have faith in each other, let us not grow weary, let us not lose heart, for there are more seasons to come. And there is more work to do.”

This is a time to continue our fight, renewed because we tried our best.

 

 

You can see Hillary Clinton’s full speech here: http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/09/politics/hillary-clinton-concession-speech/

Poems

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We have been enjoying this lovely poem by Robert Frost:

A Drumlin Woodchuck

A Drumlin Woodchuck
One thing has a shelving bank,
Another a rotting plank,
To give it cozier skies
And make up for its lack of size.
My own strategic retreat
Is where two rocks almost meet,
And still more secure and snug,
A two-door burrow I dug.
With those in mind at my back
I can sit forth exposed to attack
As one who shrewdly pretends
That he and the world are friends.
All we who prefer to live
Have a little whistle we give,
And flash, at the least alram
We dive down under the farm.
We allow some time for guile
And don’t come out for a while
Either to eat or drink.
We take occasion to think.
And if after the hunt goes past
And the double-barreled blast
(Like war and pestilence
And the loss of common sense),
If I can with confidence say
That still for another day,
Or even another year,
I will be there for you, my dear,
It will be because, though small
As measured against the All,
I have been so instinctively thorough
About my crevice and burrow.

Mahatma Gandhi

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My mother and I just discovered this very interesting website/blog http://www.becomingamish.net                                                                                           written by Jeff Smith, who also wrote the book Becoming Amish.  About a modern family who decides to convert to the Amish way of life.  I haven’t read it yet, but I have it ordered from the library.

My mom and I were reading the blog section of the website and he had several quotes, among them this little one by Mahatma Gandhi:

“There is sufficiency in the world for man’s need but not for man’s greed.”

                               -Mahatma Gandhi

Just think on that for a bit. 🙂