Archive for January, 2011

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Last weekend, Greg and I flew to Pittsburgh to see my youngest sister Mary, and her two children Jack and Gracie. My middle sister and her husband joined us from Northern Virginia, so we had a nice family reunion.

Meanwhile, everyone in Pittsburgh was excited about the Steelers football team – and, indeed, they won the playoff game, which we watched on a wide-screen TV at the hotel. (Note to non-Steelers fans – you must run fast if you are wearing anything other than yellow and black!)

The reason we actually went to Pittsburgh, however, was Mary’s birthday. She was born on January 15…Martin Luther King Day. I can still remember the day Martin Luther King was assassinated. We watched the news on an old black and white TV.

There are many people who are important, but I count Martin Luther King, Jr. as someone who has helped change the landscape of our country. And, he was an eloquent writer and speaker. He truly made a difference.

Here are some of his most inspirational quotes:

  • The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
  • Faith is taking the first step, even when you don’t see the whole staircase.
  • Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
  • Everything we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see.


  • Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable…Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.


Happy Birthday to my sister Mary, because she, too, works hard to help others.


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The New Year has arrived, and some of you are making resolutions. I usually don’t, but I figure it might be a good idea as we roll into 2011.

So, here it goes:

  • Stay healthy! Eat well, exercise, lose weight (doesn’t everyone have that on their list?!!!), and enjoy the moment – whatever it is.
  • Get a good night’s sleep.
  • Try to relax, by taking deep breaths and paying attention to tight muscles, as well as going to a Yoga class regularly.
  • Plan outings with friends.
  • Continue to watch the birds at our feeder outside and admire nature – including the deer that occasionally gallop through our backyard.
  • Be especially joyous about the upcoming wedding in our family.
  • And, commit to memory many of the words on a box of ‘Grace Cards’ by Cheryl Richardson:

Love, Faith, Support, Trust, Comfort, Act, Ask, Rest, Partnership, Growth, Compassion, Anticipation, Vision, Imagination, Peace, Soul, Listen, Release, Presence, Watch, Dance, Self, Surprise, Perception, Receive, Affection, Choice, Illumination, Beauty, Shine, Honor, Gratitude, Devotion, Direction and Strength.

So, here’s my list, and if I can achieve just part of this, I will continue to be a happy person indeed!


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