Martin Luther King

Music

pointersYes We Can Can–Watch the Pointer Sisters’ 1974 version.

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Michael_kaeshammerYes We Can Can–Listen to Michael Kaeshammer’s recent version.

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Talking heads liveTalking Heads–Burning Down The House–Live (tx, ta)

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Tuesday, 2015 January 13

Amy LowellVintage by Amy Lowell.

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Wednesday, 2015 January 14

TheConfessionOfBrotherHaluinTonight I read, ‘There are others in the world who have rights and needs, and we are all bound.’ (The Confession Of Brother Haluin, 112) Coincidentally, following the shootings in Paris, we watched a lively debate where panelists on The Agenda discussed ‘Free Speech, Outrage and Offense‘. The next morning, over breakfast, s and I talked about this.
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Thursday, 2015 January 15

Martin-Luther-King-Jr-9365086-2-402-from-biography.comIt’s the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968). ‘On April 4th, 1967, King delivered a speech called “Beyond Vietnam,” in which he strongly denounced America’s involvement in the Vietnam War. He was concerned that the war was recruiting poor and minority soldiers, that it was draining resources from much-needed social programs at home, and that it was an unjust war anyway, targeting the poor people of Vietnam. He said, “A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.” ‘ If he were a Canadian and alive today he might say tar sands development instead of war and military defense. We studied his writing in the Eighties at university, but his writing was informed by his spiritual conviction. Maybe we should’ve studied that too.

selma-from-now-magThe father of a local resident marched with King fifty years ago. Here is his story.

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howtogrowaplanet-from-bbci edited a guesthouse doc while s went to a field naturalists meeting; then we watched how to grow a planet (the power of flowers).   we find it interesting that a geologist, who deals primarily with non-living things, hosts a series on living things.

Friday, 2015 January 16

wildarabia-from-bbcwatched Wild Arabia (Sand, Wind, Stars).

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Saturday, 2015 January 17

Cat_poster_1-from-wpwatched a doc about cats–domesticated hunters.

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Sunday, 2015 January 18

vanier-from-jean-vanier.orgJean Vanier reminds us that ‘true authority is exercised in the context of justice for all, with special attention to the weakest people, who cannot defend themselves and are part of the oppressed minority…. Their role first of all is to be a person to whom others can turn for help and advice, to provide security, to affirm, to support, to encourage and to guide.’

Monday, 2015 January 19

websters-dict-from-openlibary.orgA.Word.A.Day‘s Anu Garg writes, ‘I dream of a world where we can sort out our differences by calling someone names instead of pulling out a gun and shooting. I dream of a world when people would carry a dictionary–you never know when you might need it–to find the choice word, just the right word, for someone who has offended you. The bigger, the saltier, the better. I dream of a world where people would salivate over the upcoming edition of their favorite dictionary. One that has even more powerful words…. I can dream.’

Martin_Luther_King_press_conference_01269u_edit-from-wpIt’s Martin Luther King Day. He too (famously) had a dream. But more than dreaming is doing the right thing. King once said, ‘Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.’

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