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Every step we take we walk on sacred ground.

Follow the grain in your own wood. -Howard Thurman

Let Nature be our teacher. -Wordsworth

In nature, sunsets replace TV sets

Honor all beings. -Thessalonians

We must be stewards to our own hearts and to one another as well as to the earth. -Shoal Sanctuary

No child left inside -U.S. Fish & Wildlife

A weed is a plant with undiscovered virtues. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Earth laughs in flowers. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

The universe is like a safe with the combination locked inside. -Peter DeVries

Biocracy, biosphere democracy, is dawning. -Michael Dowd

Adopt the pace of nature; her secret is patience. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Our piece of the puzzle fits into the Big Picture. -Shoal Sanctuary

Life is a verb. -Shoal Sanctuary

Facts are the fibers which weave reality.

Perceptions fray facts.

Clothed in concealing conjecture, we see only our illusions of life.

The longing for naked Truth is the need to know reality,

stripped of its disheveled attire. -Shoal Sanctuary

Reality is for those who lack imagination. -Lily Tomlin

We are the universe, conscious of itself. -Einstein

Behind your eyes, a unique point in the universe looks out.

God is too big to fit into any one religion.

The interconnectedness of ALL is too big to be encompassed by a single theory.

Live as though everything is a miracle - Albert Einstein

We search for the Truth as if concealed, but in common things Truth stands revealed.

All things in the spirit must live together as one. - Black Elk

The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness. - John Muir

All religions, arts, and sciences are branches of the same tree. -Albert Einstein

Facts are God’s native tongue. -Michael Dowd

Science is empirical theology. -Michael Dowd

Evolution, the guiding principle of the universe, grounds hope and bridges science / religion.

-Michael Dowd

Reality is that which, even when we stop believing in it, refuses to go away -Philip K. Dick

Silence is affirmation; Speak out! -Grandmothers for Peace

In antiquity hopscotch symbolized the labyrinth in which one tosses a white stone- soul- toward the exit, vanishing point of cloudless sky. - Solitude, My Mother by Charles Simic

Disorder is sacred. -Street-Corner Theology by Charles Simic

We are fragments of an unutterable whole. -Street-Corner Theology by Charles Simic

Meaning is in search of itself. -Street-Corner Theology by Charles Simic

Making art is about saving one’s soul. -Street-Corner Theology by Charles Simic

Common sense is genius dressed in working clothes. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nature’s peace flow into you as sunshine into trees.

Winds blow freshness into you; cares drop like autumn leaves. -John Muir

Give people a fish and you feed them for a day.

Teach people to fish and you feed them until the river is contaminated

or shorelines seized for development.

Teach people to organize and, whatever the situation, they can join together in community & design their own solutions. -Shoal Sanctuary

Sometimes you win; sometimes you learn. -Robert Kiyosaki

Poverty is the worst form of violence; generosity is the greatest form of love. -Shoal Sanctuary

Practice asking unconditionally positive questions. Awaken to our relationship to the stupendous universal process that brought us into being. -Thomas Berry

Imagination is a preview of life’s coming attractions -Einstein

Life goes where energy flows.

Try loafing. If it hurts, you’re doing it wrong.

Life is a succession of deaths & resurrections. -Lucien Price

“We belong to the eternal here & now. We did not begin when we were born; our origin goes back to the beginningless beginning of all things.” -Raymond Baughan

Blessed are the unloved, the poor, the hungry, the meek, the pure at heart, the sorrowful, the forgiving, the peacemakers, and all who strive for justice. -Matthew 5 & Luke 6

Love everyone as yourself. - Galatians 5:14

Everyone is perfect and could use a little improvement. -Zen master Suzuki

May the forest be with you.

Hear me four quarters of the world, relative are we.- Black Elk

A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart,

and sings it to you when you forget the words.

Harmonize with the Universal Rhythm.

We are more Pluribus than Unum.

Too much sanity may be insanity, and the most insane of all

is to see the world as it is, rather than as it should be. -Cervantes

All the darkness in the world cannot dispel even the smallest candle.

-Aung San Suu Kyi, Burmese Nobel Peace Laureate

Darkness in the world is merely an absence of light. -Aung San Suu Kyi

We are never alone so long as there are trees.

Follow the pretense of accident. -Trungpa Rinpoche

Reveal the meaning of what otherwise would remain

an unbearable sequence of sheer happenings. -Hannah Arendt

Hope becomes faith through love. -Kierkegaard

Each word has an echo. So does each silence. -John Paul Sartre

Earth can be borrowed but not bought, used but not owned.

We are tenants not possessors, lovers and not masters. -Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. - Mahatma Gandhi

Skills are contagious.

We have the power to make this the best or the last generation in human history.

Every blockade is a potential ramp.

Every act has sacramental possibilities.

Mind effects molecules; moon effects matter.

The price of peace is economic justice for all. - UUs for Just Economic Community

Nature holds precious, intangible value. - John Muir

The only limits to the human mind are those we believe in. -Willis Harman

Self-ing is something Infinity does for fun. -Jean Houston

War is terrorism with a big budget.

The future is not what will come, it’s what we create.

We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. -Hopi Elders

For take thy balance if thou be so wise

And weigh the wind that under heaven doth blow;

Or weigh the light that in the east doth rise;

Or weigh the thought that from man's mind doth flow. -Voltaire

You cannot put your foot into the same stream of consciousness twice.

- Heraclitus & William James, together at Shoal Sanctuary

The negative principle negates; the positive principle creates. -Norman Vincent Peale

Memory is our effort to get acquainted with the stranger which was us a long time ago.

Poetry begins with delight and ends with wisdom. -Robert Frost

A poem is a momentary stay against confusion. -Robert Frost

I am only one; I cannot do everything. But I can do something and will do what I can.

-Edward Everett Hale

God is a comedian, playing to an audience too afraid to laugh. -Voltaire

Sorrow looks back. Worry looks around. Faith looks forward.

Act always as if the future of the Universe depended on you, while laughing

at yourself for thinking that your action makes any difference. -Buddhist saying

The greatest thing we have to give is ourselves. -Shoal Sanctuary

Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body,

but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting “holy moly...what a ride!”

-John Mann, FL Public Service Commission

War is the ultimate human failure. Love is the ultimate human achievement. -Shoal Sanctuary

The world is so full of a number of things,

I’m sure we should all be as happy as kings. -Robert Louis Stevenson

Goals are dreams with deadlines -Diana Scharf Hunt

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost . . .

put foundations under them. -Henry David Thoreau, Walden, 1854

We may learn & grow & profit from the wisdom of those called the opposition.

- Nobel Peace Laureate Martin Luther King, Jr.

Every moment we are happy is a gift to humanity. - Harry Palmer

Great composers do not work because they are inspired; they become inspired because they work.

- Ernest Newman

Everything will be fine in the end; if it isn’t fine, it isn’t the end. -Martha Colameco

Every stumbling block is a potential stepping stone. -Shoal Sanctuary

The only constant is change.

Life f lux.

It is always sunrise somewhere -John Muir

Worry gives a small thing a BIG shadow. -Swedish Proverb

Worry- Paying interest on a debt not due. -Pat Cummins

Enemy- An adversarial ally who teaches us about ourselves. -Pat Cummins

Fear- A backwards way of trying to help ourselves learn. -Pat Cummins

Ohnosecond - That minuscule fraction of time when you realize you've made a BIG mistake.

Your past is not who you are, it is part of who you are becoming.

People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle when the sun is out.

When darkness sets in, their beauty is revealed only by light from within.

- Elizabeth Kübler-Ross

Pain is weakness leaving the body. -Kyle Maynard, 17yo multiple amputee

Strive. Never expect or accept failure. Keep trying. -Kyle Maynard

The world keeps ending but new people keep showing up as if the fun has just begun.

-John Updike

Between moments of anguish there are gaps of reprieve.

Caught in a hurricane, there are breaks between squalls.

During labor, there are breathers between contractions.

It is never too late to be who you might have been. - George Eliot

Happiness is an inside job. -Lily Tomlin

It’s never too late to have a happy childhood.

Happiness is hard to come by until we realize it is not our right to be happy.

- teenager Luke Walker

Life is filled with many misfortunes, most of which never happen. -Samuel Clemens

Life is too short to be little. -Benjamin Disraeli

Life is very interesting, if you make mistakes. - Georges Carpentier

Friendship multiplies joy, divides sorrow.

Anger is radiance trying to find a way out. -Robert Bly

There is a crack in everything; that is how the Light gets in.

In this age, nonconformity is a noble service. - John Stuart Mill

Peace is a way of life. - Nobel Peace Laureate Oscar Sanchez

Compassion abides within us like tinder, waiting only for a spark.

- Nobel Peace Laureate Albert Schweitzer

Feelings are facts.

Thoughts are impressions.

Actions are choices.

- Shoal Sanctuary

Map out your future, but do it in pencil. -Jon Bon Jovi

Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare.

-Japanese Proverb

God is love. - I John 4: 7-8

One planet, one people. - Shoal Sanctuary

War breaks all the things fought for and all the things we failed to appreciate. - “The War”

Our conscience is delicate and easy to stifle but clear and impossible to mistake

- Madame de Staël

Procrastinate now

Peace is unity in diversity. - Nobel Peace Laureate Mikhail Gorbachev

Increase thePeace.

Motivation requires that our reach exceed our grasp.

Art is the attention we give to the wholeness of life. - Shoal Sanctuary

Kindred spirits all

Making war makes war; to achieve peace, make peace. -War Resisters League

Enjoy every idle hour. - John Boswell

If there is to be peace in the world, there must be peace in our hearts. -Lao Tsu

We are in the world to change the world.

Promises are permanent.

Contracts are written assurance in the hope that promises will be kept.

Green blessings

Heal the PAST

Love the PRESENT

Make the FUTURE

Live, love, laugh and be happy

Black bears killed nearly three dozen people across North America last century.

However, chances of being killed by domestic dogs, bees, or lightning are far greater.

And being killed by a fellow human being is 90,000 times more likely than by a bear.

-Mark Wexler, Editorial Director, National Wildlife Magazine, (703) 438-6527

The most radical act is to introduce someone to something new.

Infinity is time on an ego trip. -Lily Tomlin

Reality is a collective hunch. -Lily Tomlin

No matter how cynical, we can never keep up. -Lily Tomlin

“Speak your mind, even if your voice shakes.” -Maggie Kuhn, Gray Panthers

You must live with yourself so be sure you are in good company. - Charles Hughes

The world’s greatest feats are accomplished by those unable to comprehend impossibility.

-Doug Larson

Everyone is capable of anything.

May your troubles be less, your blessings more,

& may nothing but happiness come through your door. -Irish Blessing

The best things in life aren’t things.

Savor life’s “Holy Moley” moments.

Every single moment we are reborn and die.

Happiness is only possible here & now.

Life is like a roll of toilet paper; the closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes.

Every camp of human or beast has this glorious starry firmament for a roof -John Muir

No words ever written can compare with the sound of wind in pine trees. - Thomas Merton

We need not know the meaning of life to appreciate all we have for the time being.

War is costly; peace is priceless.

Harmonize with the Universal Rhythm.

If given the facts, if shown the light, people will find their own way.

Practice solidarity and cooperation with ALL life.

Help make violence obsolete.

“Justice doesn’t roll in on the wheels of inevitability.”-MLK, Jr.

Reconciliation, not annihilation.

Seek the good in every adversary.

Loving our enemies is key to life.

War is technology put to the service of hate. –Matthew Fox

Organizing is empowering. Organization is power.

Forgiveness is a miracle by which what is broken is made whole again,

what is soiled is made clean again. -Dag Hammarskjold

War will end when soldiers refuse to fight. -Tolstoy

I have a dream, not a complaint.

Pursue peaceful ends through peaceful means. -Martin Luther King, Jr.

Love’s Paradox: “If I love until it hurts, then there is no hurt, but only more love.” -Mother Teresa

We must not only give what we have, we must also give what we are. -Desire-Joseph Mercier

Hope is faith holding out its hand in the dark. -George Iles

If the simple things in nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive.

-Eleonora Duse

Courage is to bear unflinchingly what heaven sends. -Euripedes

Integrity is the only path upon which one never gets lost. -M.H. McKee

Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear & the blind can see. -Mark Twain

Human doing, not just human being.

The worth of a life is not indicated by a single failure or success, no matter how momentous.

Green Collar Workers unite!

Shared wealth nurtures the common good.

Generosity of spirit enhances human solidarity.

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. - Aesop

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful & committed people can change the world; indeed,

it is the only thing that ever has. - Margaret Mead

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched.

They must be felt with the heart. - Helen Keller

Life is too important to be taken seriously. -Oscar Wilde

Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is mystery. Today is a gif.t -Eleanor Roosevelt

That’s why it’s called “the present.”

May the beauty we love be what we do. - Rumi

I am a verb. -Buckminster Fuller

Outside of a dog, books are man's best friend; inside of a dog, of course, it's too dark to read.

- Groucho Marx

A journey of ten thousand miles begins with a single step. -Lao Tzu

Mighty oaks from little acorns grow . . .with the help of forgetful squirrels -HD Thoreau

My task - if anything that passes through this night can still grow fairer or bear fruit and flower again in days to come. For I too am a steward. - JRR Tolkien

What would the world look like if we took seriously God’s love for all? -UU Pator Rod Debs

If essential liberty is given up to obtain safety, liberty is lost and safety is only temporary.

-Benjamin Franklin

My life is my message. -Gandhi

Dread forms when pain of the past meets fear of the future.

Hope forms when joy of the past meets thrill of the future.

Religious faith can become the servant of our lowest instincts, but encodes the highest aspirations of the human race. -Salmon Rushdie

Catch a Leaf

We need not think alike to love alike. -Francis David

Grace Happens

Around the block in 80 days. -Pat Cummins

My Beloved disarmed my Loyal Soldier. -Trebbe Johnson

Tenacity Gumption Mindful Atuned Spirit-centered

Aware Enthralled with Life Alert to possibilities

I ’m happy to have been here-and better for it. -Roger Vaughan

People are thrilled or disturbed not by things, but by their view of things. -Epictetus

We have so little time, we must proceed very slowly. -Buddhist Saying

Within everyone lies the pure, honest heart of the child they once were.

Stand for peace, rather than fight against war. -Mother Teresa

(Said to a high school assembly just before military recruiters’ presentation:) You are about to be told that you are our nation’s most valuable resource. Do you know how our government treats its most valuable resources? -Singer Utah Phillips

Children mirror their nation’s character.

If you look forward to a future in which we all pledge allegiance to Mickey Mouse, by all means vote for a Republican or Democrat. I prefer the American Dream. -Martin Baker, October 2000

We are the unwilling, led by the unqualified, doing the unnecessary, for the ungrateful.

-etched on a Zippo lighter by a Vietnam vet

Peacemaking is not possible by fighting against war.


I pledge allegiance to the world

of the planet Earth of the universe

and to the web of life to which I belong

EVERY nation, under God indivisible,

with liberty and justice for ALL.

Lead, follow, or go your own way.

Vision becomes clear only when we look into our own hearts. -Carl Jung

Through faith, hope becomes deed.

Opportunities are not found; they are created.

Enthusiasm precedes every great achievement.

Life is like acting lessons received during the on-stage performance.

We’d free the incarcerate human race that loneliness endures

could only you unlock my skull, or I creep into yours. - Ogden Nash

Reality is what refuses to go away even when we stop believing in it. -Stephanie Kauffman

Reality is that which, even when we stop believing in it, refuses to go away. -Philip K. Dick

What is essential is invisible to the eye. -Antoine de Sanit Exupery

Strangers are friends yet to be known.

Sacrifice for good reason is something lost for something gained. Focus on the gains.

Longing for what we want can sabotage what we have.

Everything you can imagine is real. -Picasso

Why vacation when you can have an experience?

Only when the power of love is stronger than the love of power will there be peace. -Jimi Hendrix

We are a much nobler country than our narrowest minds and loudest mouths suggest. -Barbara Kingsolver

Do unto future generations as you would have had previous generations do to your own. -Environmental Golden Rule

Never argue with a fool; listeners may not be able to tell the difference.

Humanized business transaction are good exercises in sanity.

If a person falls in the forest, do the trees hear? - Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

There’s no time like the pleasant.

We are not separate beings, you and I. We are different strands of the same Being."

-Leonard Peltier, Prison Writings

Another planetary patriot.

Treasure every “Annie Dillard moment.”

Renewing our membership in the Animal Kingdom. -Barbara Kingsolver, High Tide in Tucson

The way we treat children defines the shape of the world tomorrow.

-Barbara Kingsolver, High Tide in Tucson

Gasp and feel lucky. Make mountains out of nature’s exquisite molehills. -Barbara Kingsolver, High Tide in Tucson

Be it ever so humble, there’s no face like your own. -Anna Martin

My face, I don’t mind it because I’m behind it. -Anna Martin

According to a recent survey by the Academy of Incomplete Research, 9 out of 10.

Q: How many surrealists does it take to change a light bulb ? A: A fish.

A Freudian slip is when you say one thing but you mean your mother.

When all you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail. -Abraham Maslow

If your mind goes you can just forget it.

Did you ever stop to think, and then forget to start again?

You aren’t fully living until you reach 60.

Courtesy is love shown in common, everyday acts.

Earth teach me courage

as the tree which stands all alone.

Earth teach me limitations

as the ant which crawls on the ground.

Earth teach me resignation

as the leaves which die in the fall.

Earth teach me to forget myself

as the snow forgets its life.

-Ute Indians of North America Saying

Computers are fast, accurate, and dumb ; Humans are slow, inaccurate, and smart.

-Linda Winkle, MD Elementary School teacher

Judge not each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.

-Robert Louis Stephenson