Friday, November 29, 2013
An online daily putting "Hooray!" in your day
A Sobering Thanks
We continue giving thanks on this second full day of Hanukkah and the day after Thanksgiving. But this time, we do so in the midst of the rubble, in the midst of "a culture up to its chin in shame". We give thanks with the grace and wisdom of one of our nations most prolific poets, W.S. Merwin (who has written over 30 books of poetry, translations and prose!) The piece offered here is sobering, but I believe very hopeful, in that we are a people given to gratitude in all circumstances of our lives.
Thanks by W. S. Merwin is originally found in his 1988 collection, The Rain in the Trees. More recently, it was published in the lengthy and complete collection of his poems, Migration: New and Selected Poems. In 2010 the Library of Congress named Merwin the seventeenth United States Poet Laureate. Merwin lives and works in Hawai'i. These days he is devoted to saving the rain forest on the islands. Thank you, Mr. Merwin!
with the night falling we are saying thank you
we are stopping on the bridges to bow for the railings
we are running out of the glass rooms
with our mouths full of food to look at the sky
and say thank you
we are standing by the water looking out
in different directions.
back from a series of hospitals back from a mugging
after funerals we are saying thank you
after the news of the dead
whether or not we knew them we are saying thank you
looking up from tables we are saying thank you
in a culture up to its chin in shame
living in the stench it has chosen we are saying thank you
over telephones we are saying thank you
in doorways and in the backs of cars and in elevators
remembering wars and the police at the back door
and the beatings on stairs we are saying thank you
in the banks that use us we are saying thank you
with the crooks in office with the rich and fashionable
unchanged we go on saying thank you thank you
with the animals dying around us
our lost feelings we are saying thank you
with the forests falling faster than the minutes
of our lives we are saying thank you
with the words going out like cells of a brain
with the cities growing over us like the earth
we are saying thank you faster and faster
with nobody listening we are saying thank you
we are saying thank you and waving
dark though it is
In union, there is strength.
Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy;
they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.
-- Marcel Proust
Kid President: 20 Things We Should Say More Often
Get your corn dogs and BBQ sauce and listen up to Kid President. I just love the duo that creates these Kid President videos: Brad Montague and his little brother-in-law, Robby ("Kid President"). Robby is 9 years old. He's full of life and ideas. Robby has Osteogenesis Imperfect (OI), a brittle bone condition which has resulted in him having over 70 breaks since birth. What's inspiring about Robby isn't his condition, but the fact that his condition doesn't define who he is. In spite of all he's been through he not only keeps going -- he dances!
Here Are the Books On Our Bedside Table
What are you reading? Check out these wonderful titles. (By the way, some of these "on our bedside table" are actually on our Kindles and Nooks, and other reading devices! What a world we live in, huh? Simply amazing!)
When anybody honks at me in traffic,
I blush, wave and shout,
"Thanks for being a fan!"
Being a celebrity is a 24/7 thing.
-- Jarod Kintz
The only people with whom you should try to get even
are those who have helped you.
-- John E. Southard
No duty is more urgent
than that of returning thanks.
-- James Allen