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Greet them with joy

Open_spaceAutumn morning / October 2012

“If the day and the night are such that you greet them with joy, and life emits a fragrance like flowers and sweet-scented herbs, is more elastic, more starry, more immortal — that is your success. All nature is your congratulation, and you have cause momentarily to bless yourself.”

~ Thoreau (from Walden, or Life in the Woods)

Art is the only stair

Stairs_of_artGive me more art, then / thanks for the quote G / October 2012

It was a poor connection, but he could have sworn he heard her say, "In the haunted house of life, art is the only stair that doesn't creak."

~Tom Robbins (from Skinny Legs and All, 1990)

For Malala

Books_for_malalaEvery girl deserves an education / Oct. 2012

“She was just the girl who wanted to go to school” ~ Mirza Waheed

"She lives in Swat Valley and was there several years ago when the Taliban took control and began burning down girls' schools. The Pakistani army rolled in, in 2009, to retake the area. Malala wrote an anonymous diary, broadcast on the BBC, about life under the Taliban. She advocated education for girls, and defied the militants' ban on this by secretly going to school with her books hidden in her clothes. Her bravery was recognized last year when she was nominated for the International Children's Peace Prize." (NPR, Phillip Reeves)

"On Tuesday afternoon, Taliban militants attacked and seriously injured Malala Yousafzai, a fourteen-year-old campaigner for education for girls in Mingora, a town in Swat Valley, in Pakistan’s North Western Frontier Province. Malala was returning home from school when the men attacked; ..." (New Yorker)

"Even if they come to kill me, I will tell them what they are trying to do is wrong, that education is our basic right." ~ Malala Yousafzai