January 12th, 2010

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Marcus Aurelius -


This morning I read through a variety of news, reading and considering why some might need huge bonuses that deplete a company and the landscape we share.  What happened to moderation?   Joan posts about cadmium in jewelry for children; cadmium is more dangerous than lead.  I look at the toys shown; many are ads for movies, and wonder if rather than regulating the toys, we start steering ourselves away from them, steering our children away from distraction and into the enchantment that is themselves.

I began three books this year.  Each has a daily post.  One is Nature, a Day at a Time, an Uncommon Look at Common Wildlife by Cathie Katz.   Each day, so far, has been a little teaching about something microscopic and then there is a quote at the bottom of the page.

I am with these two.

"Today, nearly all life on Earth runs off energy harvested from the nearest star. Out there and down here are not separate compartments. Indeed, every atom that is down here was once out there."

- Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan in Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors

The first rule is to keep an unclouded spirit. The second is to look things in the face and know them for what they are.

- Marcus Aurelius
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 The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious.  It is the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science.

- Albert Einstein 

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What a human being - Miep Gies!


Annie sends this to me.  I was aware that Miep Gies died yesterday but hadn't taken or given myself time today to truly honor her and what she did until I sat, paused, and listened to this interview.

 Perhaps if we listened to her words each day, it would put everything into perspective and the path of heart would be more obvious than at times it seems to be. It seems she had no choice. She knew what was true.

She may not see herself as a hero, but, of course, we do.