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October 17, 2004:
Win's "Quotes" (and Poem) of the Month!!

Columbia Daily Tribune, 10/17/04 (AP):
    "We cannot simply suspend or restrict civil liberties until the war on terror is over because the war on terror is unlikely ever to be truly over.  Sept. 11, 2001, already a day of immeasurable tragedy, cannot be the day liberty perished in this country."  -- Judge Gerald Tjoflat, 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Atlanta, GA

    "To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public."  -- Theodore Roosevelt, May 7, 1918.

The Peace of Wild Things by Wendell Berry

When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children's lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

Win's "Quote" of the Month 8/21/04!!

    "Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we.  They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we."   
--
From Newsweek:  President George W. Bush, at the signing of the $417 billion defense spending bill. 

Some Folk Wisdom sent to me by my famous storyteller sister Beth Horner (www.BethHorner.com):

  1. The journey of a thousand miles begins with a broken fan belt and a leaky tire.
  2. Never test the depth of the water with both feet.
  3. Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes.  That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes.
  4. The most wasted day of all is one in which we have not laughed.
  5. If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.
  6. If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.
  7. Duct tape is like the Force.  It has a light side and a dark side, and it holds the universe together.
Win's "Quote" of the Month 7/21/04!!

From the Dave Barry Calendar for July 14th:
    "Why are there so many e-mail ads for pornography, Viagra, products for the man who is not satisfied with his natural self and low-interest mortgage loans?  Does anybody buy them? Is there a town somewhere, called Spamville, where the men consume Viagra and pornography in bulk quantities, then lurch around in a lust-crazed frenzy, their huge artificially enhanced endowments knocking holes in their walls, so eventually their houses fall down, forcing them to purchase new ones, using low-interest mortgages?  I don't know.  All I know is that I spend about half of my time on the Internet deleting e-mail." 
    
Note from Win:  I thought maybe this might be a little risqué for our fans, but then I thought about the spam that we all get and the last sentence really struck home.  Oh well, what can you do, but have a good laugh, then delete, delete, delete, all the while picturing Spamville.  Someone must be buying this stuff! 

Second note:  In a hilarious twist, this quote of the month was blocked by several spam filters when it was sent out in a newsletter because it contained key words screened by spam filters!   

Win's "Quote" of the Month!!
June 16, 2004

    "The War on Drugs has been fought and the pharmaceutical companies have won.  ("Just say NO" to better living through chemistry! )

    The War on Poverty has been fought and the corporations have won.  In Missouri, Wal-Mart has definitely won.  At a time when Missouri was in a budget crisis, with schools losing funding and the Arts Council having been ELIMINATED from the budget, the Wal-Mart heirs were able to manipulate the entire legislature into approving $35 million (in bonds, I believe but still!) to build a sports arena.

    The War on Terror is being fought and fear has definitely won.  (The U.S. seems to have adopted the Israeli approach to terrorism --let's see... and how is that working for the Israeli's?  Do they feel any safer?  How full of fear are we all?)  

    Here in the Heartland, the War on Love is being fought.  In August, we will vote on whether to put bigotry and prejudice into our state's constitution!  I cannot understand why acknowledging the loving commitment of ANY TWO people is not a good thing, why it would hurt ANYONE to have more love in the world, to have parental and property rights and benefits between committed couples, to let the children feel safe in the arms of their parents.  We decry the divorce rate between heterosexual couples -- how difficult it must be for gay and lesbian couples to deal with all the issues that longtime married couples deal with without the legal recognition of their relationship, without fear of reprisal, without fear of losing their children.  And yet, many of them have longtime stable and loving relationships.  I can't imagine what could be bad about this?  
    However, we aren't called the Heartland here in Missouri for nothing.  I am proud of my fellow Missourians, in their wonderful and loving open spirits.  I hold to the hope that in August they will vote for Love."               --
Win Grace

Paul & Win's "Quote(s)" of the Month!!
Feb. 5, 2004

Paul's Quote is from his Dave Barry Calendar for Feb. 4th. Quite timely, wouldn't you say?

DAVE BARRY FOR PRESIDENT IN 2004, OR WHENEVER

"Every now and then, America produces a great leader--a person of vision, courage, and integrity.  Until that leader shows up, why not elect Dave Barry as our president in November?  His inspirational campaign slogan is: 'Dave Barry--It's time we demanded less.'"

Win's Quotes:  These three quotes are on scraps of paper where I wrote them down as little reminders for myself.  I am not 100% sure (not even 50%) where they came from.

"In the degree that we have learned that we do not need anything of each other, but can freely share that which has come to us as a gift of  God without lessening what we ourselves have, we have realized the only basis for peace."  -- ? Joel Goldsmith

"When you no longer see the value in suffering, the healing is instantaneous."  -- ? a TV program, The District?

"He who accepts evil without protesting against it, is actually cooperating with it." -- I have no idea where this came from.

Win's "Quotes" of the Month!!
January 18, 2004

Truth is within ourselves.
There is an inmost center in us all,
Where the Truth abides in fulness; and to know
Rather consists in opening out a way
Whence the imprisoned splendour may escape
Than in effecting entry for a light supposed to be without.

       
-- Robert Browning

"Let us not become the evil that we deplore."
-- Quote by Rev. Nathan Baxter; speech excerpt by Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) who cast the lone vote 9/14/01 against President Bush's use-of-force resolution

"And when you've been fighting those before you
And you've forgotten for how long,
When it seems like the chasm is too deep to overcome,
When you hate and make them enemies
Because you think they've done you wrong,
All you despise is what you've become."

        --
Leela Grace, from her song In My Name (You Shall Love)

These two quotes seem to be, on the surface, obvious anti-war quotes, but I can see that they can apply even more deeply, right down to a personal level.  It's a fine line to walk.  I remember when we marched on Washington in 1969 or 1970 against the Viet Nam war, when the words Peace and Love really meant something to us, and we tried with all our might to live them, going up to the policemen along the route and giving them flowers and hugs.  Less than a year later, as we felt increasingly frustrated and disempowered and as we watched our friends die in Viet Nam, we found ourselves calling these same policemen pigs.  Truly then, we had become exactly what we deplored!  

I suppose even in spite of the awareness of this pit of anger and frustration, we will continue to find ourselves falling into it -- as a nation, as a world, as a gender, and on a personal level.  All we can do then is pull ourselves out of the pit, try to make it right with those we have wronged and set ourselves back on the true path of Love, as Leela's song says.  That's my plan anyway!  
-- Win

Oct. 30, 2003

Actually, this one's from Paul this time from his Dave Barry calendar:
"Why is baseball our national pastime?  Because it is a metaphor for life itself.  As George Will put it: 'In life, as in baseball, we must leave the dugout of complacency, step up to the home plate of opportunity, adjust the protective groin cup of caution, and swing the bat of hope at the curveball of fate, hoping that we can hit a line drive of success past the shortstop of misfortune, then sprint down the basepath of chance, knowing that at any moment we may pull the hamstring muscle of inadequacy and fall face-first onto the field of failure, where the chinch bugs of broken dreams will crawl into our nose.'"

Note from Win:  Paul says that this comes just in time for some kind of national play-offs. He also tells me that George Will didn't really say this!
 
From Dirty Linen (a fabulous magazine of Folk and World Music), a quote from Arlo Guthrie:
         "Musicians around the world have always understood that in order to play together you have to listen.  What makes a musician really great is not his or her ability to perform, but the ability to listen, and when you listen with other musicians magic happens.  It doesn't matter where you're coming from, what your story is, or what you're playing, whether you're playing a rope tied to a pole somewhere or some zillion-dollar Strad, there's a wonderful look in the eyes of people playing music together that expresses the best part of humanity's ability to get along. 
         That's what it's all about!  We all know this!  Everybody that reads your magazine that has ever played and sat down with somebody else has experienced exactly what I'm saying.  And that's why we're smarter than other people!  That's what keeps my sense of humor alive, and my thoughts alive.  If business could operate like musicians, this world would be in a hell of a lot better shape!"
 
From Win again:  Oh yeah!  Except maybe for the being smarter than other people part, this is EXACTLY how I feel about playing music!

Win's "Quotes" of the Month - Aug. 6, 2003

From Peace Pilgrim: Her Life and Work in Her Own Words:
"I have never met anyone who built a bomb shelter and felt protected by it.  I have never met a modern military man who did not realize that military victory is a concept which became obsolete with the coming of the nuclear age, and most civilians realize this also.  Wisdom demands that we stop preparing to wage a war which would eliminate mankind -- and start preparing to eliminate the seeds of war."

From Herman Goering (one of the head Nazis under Hitler), at the Nuremburg Trials:
"Why, of course people don't want war.  Why should some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece?  Naturally the common people don't want war.  That is understood.  But after all, it is the leaders of a country who determine the policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship.  Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders.  That is easy.  All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger.  It works the same in any country."

Win's "Quotes" of the Month * June 1, 2003

From John McLaughlin, Folk Radio DJ in the Pocono's:
It's so hard not to be vehement, isn't it? So I started a "Non-Vehemence Club," borrowing of course on Utah Phillips and his idea that violence is the addictive inheritance of white males (H'm - maybe women too?) in this country (add Europe too, OK): You have to hold up your hand and say, "Hi, I'm [Your Name], and I'm vehement." Then you try not to be vehement for 24 hours. Of course at first you expect to get up the next morning, and hold up your hand again, and say, "Hi - I'm [Your Name], and I'm vehement...." and you try again for another 24 hours. I guess Pete Seeger doesn't need it, Dr King didn't, Gandhi, the Buddha and Jesus didn't... but you and me, friend.... Try it and see - John

An Important Lesson, forwarded by Tony Lotven:
Note from Win:  My friend Paul Stamler tells me that the following is not a true story, but an urban legend.  It's still a good story, though!  We'd all like to think that the rewards for doing good deeds are this obvious, but even without the obvious reward here, I think the inner rewards to the helper are just as great.
 

One night, at 11.30 p.m., an older African-American woman was standing on the side of an Alabama highway trying to endure a lashing rainstorm. Her car had broken down and she desperately needed a ride. Soaking wet, she decided to flag down the next car.  A young white man stopped to help her, generally unheard of in those conflict-filled 1960s.  The man took her to safety, helped her get assistance and put her into a taxicab.

She seemed to be in a big hurry, but wrote down his address and thanked him.  Seven days went by and a knock came on the man's door. To his surprise, a giant console color TV was delivered to his home. A special note was attached. It read: 
"Thank you so much for assisting me on the highway the other night. The rain drenched not only my clothes, but also my spirits.  Then you came along. Because of you, I was able to make it to my dying husband's bedside just before he passed away.  God bless you for helping me and unselfishly serving others."
                                                Sincerely,
                                                Mrs. Nat King Cole

Win's "Quotes" of the Month * May 9, 2003

For as long as space endures
And for as long as living beings remain,

Until then may I too abide
To dispel the misery of the world.
     -- favorite verse of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

The First MOTHER'S DAY PROCLAMATION
Julia Ward Howe  1872

Arise, then, women of this day!  Arise all women who have hearts, whether your baptism be that of water or of tears!  Say firmly: "We will not have great questions decided by irrelevant agencies."

"Our husbands shall not come to us reeking with carnage, for caresses and applause.  Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn all that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy, and patience."

"We women of one country will be too tender of those of another country to
allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs."

From the bosom of the devastated earth a voice goes up with our own. It says, "Disarm, Disarm! The sword of murder is not the balance of justice!  Blood does not wipe out dishonor nor violence indicate possession."

As men have often forsaken the plow and the anvil at the summons of war, let women now leave all that may be left of home for a great and earnest day of counsel.  Let them meet first, as women, to bewail and commemorate the dead.

Let them then solemnly take counsel with each other as the means whereby the great human family can live in peace, and each bearing after her own time the sacred impress, not of Caesar, but of God.

-- Thanks to Paul Stamler for sending this one.  This was the first Mother's Day proclamation -- in 1872!  Yes, as a mother, I say again, YES!  I am too tender. 

Win's "Quotes" of the Month!! * April 3, 2003

"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.... This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron."
-- Dwight D. Eisenhower, April 16, 1953 (President of the United States and a Republican)

This one is still my favorite:  
    "Together we are going somewhere, each generation building upon the accomplishments of the previous one, destined for an end we can only dimly remember.  We're all in the process of awakening and opening up to who we really are, and what we came here to do, which is often a very difficult task.  
    I don't mean to minimize the formidable problems still facing humanity, only to suggest that each of us in our own way is involved in the solution.  If we stay aware and acknowledge the great mystery that is this life, we will see that we have been perfectly placed, in exactly the right position . . . to make all the difference in the world."      -- James Redfield, The Tenth Insight

"To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American Public."
--Theodore Roosevelt (President of the United States and a Republican)

From Phoennix Conway:
"Those who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it."    
~Chinese proverb
Oh, I have been there!!

Unfortunately, I've been here, too:
"Well behaved women rarely make history."  
--Laura Thatcher Ulrich

From Bill Matthews:
"We consider that the man who can fiddle all through one of those Virginia reels without losing his grip may be depended upon in any kind of emergency."   --Mark Twain
I'd say the woman who can play the accordion all through one of those Virginia reels without seizing up is also dependable!

From Sandy Strand: 
"All the ills of mankind, all the political blunders, all the failures of the great leaders have arisen merely from a lack of skill in dancing."   
-- Moliere
Yes!  Let's dance, let's sing!  Let's SingOUT!
  It cannot help but make the world a better place. -- Win

Win's "Quotes" of the Month!! ** December 29, 2002
From my friends:

Forwarded by Sandy Strand: I HAVE YET TO HEAR A MAN ASK FOR ADVICE ON HOW TO COMBINE MARRIAGE AND A CAREER.

Forwarded by Ellie Grace, quote by Dave Barry: 
Never be afraid to try something new.  Remember that a lone amateur built the Ark. A large group of professionals built the Titanic.

Forwarded by Paul Stamler, quote from his guru Yogi Berra: 

In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice.  In practice, however, there is.

"Quote" of the Month * December 5, 2002
From James Redfield's Author's Note in The Tenth Insight

    "Together we are going somewhere, each generation building upon the accomplishments of the previous one, destined for an end we can only dimly remember.  We're all in the process of awakening and opening up to who we really are, and what we came here to do, which is often a very difficult task.  Yet I firmly believe that if we always integrate the best of the traditions we find before us and keep the process in mind, each challenge along the way, each interpersonal irritation can be overcome with a sense of destiny and miracle.

    I don't mean to minimize the formidable problems still facing humanity, only to suggest that each of us in our own way is involved in the solution.  If we stay aware and acknowledge the great mystery that is this life, we will see that we have been perfectly placed, in exactly the right position . . . to make all the difference in the world."

Win's Quote of the Month!! * * Oct. 2, 2002
From Paul's Dave Barry Calendar on Friday, September 6th:

"Because Australia is located in the Southern Hemisphere, everything is backwards:  When they sing 'The Twelve Days of Christmas,' they start with the part about twelve maids a-milking; and when they tell jokes, the punch line is always 'Knock knock,' and skilled accordion players are worshipped by teenagers as gods."


 
Win's Quote of the Month!! * * Oct. 30, 2002
Internet urban legend attributes this quote to Julius Caesar!

"Beware the leader who bangs the drums of war in order to whip the citizenry into a patriotic fervor, for patriotism is indeed a double-edged sword.  It both emboldens the blood, just as it narrows the mind...

And when the drums of war have reached a fever pitch and the blood boils with hate and the mind has closed, the leader will have no need in seizing the rights of the  citizenry. Rather, the citizenry, infused with fear and blinded with patriotism, will offer up all of their rights unto the leader, and gladly so.

How do I know?  For this is what I have done.   And I am Caesar."

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