Grace Family Music Store
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.
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.
"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
Folk Wisdom sent to me by my famous storyteller sister Beth Horner
journey of a thousand miles begins with a broken fan
belt and a leaky tire.
test the depth of the water with both feet.
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.
most wasted day of all is one in which we have not laughed.
at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.
you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.
tape is like the Force. It has a light side and a
dark side, and it holds the universe together.
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
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!
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
"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
& Win's "Quote(s)" of the Month!!
Quote is from his Dave Barry Calendar for Feb. 4th. Quite timely,
wouldn't you say?
BARRY FOR PRESIDENT IN 2004, OR WHENEVER
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
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.
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
you no longer see the value in suffering, the healing is
instantaneous." -- ? a TV program, The
who accepts evil without protesting against it, is actually
cooperating with it." -- I have no idea where this came
of the Month!!
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
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
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)
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!
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
Oct. 30, 2003
this one's from Paul this time from his Dave Barry calendar:
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
From Dirty Linen (a
fabulous magazine of Folk and World Music), a quote from Arlo
"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.
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!
of the Month - Aug. 6, 2003
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."
Herman Goering (one of the head Nazis under Hitler), at the
"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."
of the Month * June 1, 2003
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
Important Lesson, forwarded by Tony Lotven:
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."
Mrs. Nat King Cole
"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
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."
Julia Ward Howe 1872
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.
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.
"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."
This one is still my favorite:
-- Dwight D. Eisenhower, April
16, 1953 (President of the United States and a Republican)
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
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
--Theodore Roosevelt (President
of the United States and a Republican)
"Those who say it
cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing
Oh, I have been
been here, too:
"Well behaved women
rarely make history." --Laura Thatcher Ulrich
From Bill Matthews:
that the man who can fiddle all through one of those Virginia
reels without losing his grip may be depended upon in any kind
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." --
Yes! Let's dance, let's sing!
Let's SingOUT! It cannot help but make the world a better
place. -- Win
of the Month!!
** December 29, 2002
by Sandy Strand: I HAVE YET TO HEAR A MAN ASK FOR ADVICE ON
HOW TO COMBINE MARRIAGE AND A CAREER.
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:
theory, there is no difference between theory and practice.
In practice, however, there is.
of the Month * December
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."
Quote of the Month!! * * Oct. 2, 2002
From Paul's Dave Barry Calendar on
Friday, September 6th:
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."
Quote of the
Month!! * * Oct. 30, 2002
legend attributes this quote to Julius Caesar!
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."