Monday, January 30, 2012

Words of Wisdom

Lois Jamieson

I Hope you have fun with these “words”. I found them in the Farmers’ Almanac, 1975.
There is nobody so irritating as somebody with less intelligence and more sense than we have.

A class reunion is when everyone gets together to see who is falling apart.
Congress does some strange things – it puts a high tax on liquor and then raises other taxes that drive people to drink.

You’ve reached middle-age when all you exercise is caution.

Humility is a strange thing, the minute you think you’ve got it you’ve lost it.

By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he’s wrong.

The older a person is, the noisier the youngsters are.

Old girdles never die. They just lose their snap.

It’s nice to have four years between elections. It takes people that long to regain their faith.

Love is like eating mushrooms. You’re never sure it’s the real thing until it’s too late.

Keep laughing….it’s good for you! Lois

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

An Impossible Dream?

A poem by Phoebe Maurer,
A light skinned African American woman looking in a mirror

They wonder who I am.
My eyes are averted
to confuse and bemuse
their preconceived analysis.

My mirror image often
escapes and confuses me.
The mouth is full and sensuous,
velvety brown eyes shaded by full brows.

Do I really care what others think?
Of course, it explains the untold hours
spent having my coarse black African
hair corn-rowed ending with jewels.

Look at me, please, into me,
my soul, my mind, my psyche.
Yes, I’m not white or dark brown,
yet the palms of my hands are white.

I look into the depths of my past,
my pupils enlarge and the iris pure
white. Was it my great-great grandmother
who was impregnated with her owner's genes?

We were no longer pure African, but
never accepted as equals, until we
were emancipated by a war. And not
even then. It took decades.

A man of vision, a short towering giant
led people of all races, creeds and
religions to march peacefully
for peace and a chance to be equal.

He had a dream of a better
world to live in, but his dreams
had to overcome blind ignorant hatred
that killed, jailed and dispersed with venom.

My eyes are no longer averted.
They are staring into the future,
imagining and praying for a time
when peace, kindness, understanding and
acceptance will be our children’s future.

Will it ever be a reality?

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Quotes For you

by Lois Jamieson

I thought it was time to pass on to you some interesting quotes.

“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”
Nelson Mandela, South African President and
Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize
Born 1918

“In everything, no matter what it may be, uniformity is undesirable. Leaving something incomplete makes it interesting, and gives one the feeling that there is room for growth.”
Yoshida Kenko
Japanese author and Buddhist monk
Born 1282

“If there were, in the world today, any large number of people who desired their own happiness more than they desired the unhappiness of others, we could have paradise in a few years.”
Bertrand Russell
British philosopher, logician, mathematician,
historian and social critic
Born 1872

“That is the best – to laugh with someone because you both think the same things are funny.”
Gloria Vanderbilt
American designer
Born 1924

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Father Time

Guest post by poet Tova Milinsky

“Father Time”- The Victor

“Tempus Fugit” so they say
What a great disaster!
We keep speeding up our lives
Helping us go faster.

We get in a race with Time
Thinking we will match-up.
But he seems to sprint ahead
We will never catch up.

There’s a secret here to know,
His pace never changes.
As we age our movements slow,
That’s what life arranges.

Tove Milinsky is the author of “Comings and Goings”