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Every step we take
we walk on sacred ground.
the grain in your own wood. -Howard Thurman
Let Nature be our teacher. -Wordsworth
In nature, sunsets replace
Honor all beings. -Thessalonians
We must be
stewards to our own hearts and to one another as well as to the earth. -Shoal
No child left inside -U.S. Fish & Wildlife
A weed is a plant with undiscovered
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
Earth laughs in flowers. -Ralph Waldo Emerson
The universe is like a safe
with the combination locked inside. -Peter
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
Life is a verb. -Shoal
Facts are the fibers which
Perceptions fray facts.
Clothed in concealing conjecture,
we see only our illusions of life.
for naked Truth is the need to know reality,
its disheveled attire. -Shoal
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
way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness. - John Muir
All religions, arts, and sciences
are branches of the same tree. -Albert
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.
Reality is that which, even
when we stop believing in it, refuses to go away -Philip K. Dick
Silence is affirmation; Speak
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.
by Charles Simic
We are fragments of an unutterable
Theology by Charles Simic
Meaning is in search of itself.
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.
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
Sometimes you win; sometimes
you learn. -Robert
Poverty is the worst form of
violence; generosity is the greatest form of love.
Practice asking unconditionally
positive questions. Awaken to our relationship to the stupendous
universal process that brought us into being.
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
“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.”
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
perfect and could use a little improvement. -Zen
May the forest be
Hear me four quarters of the
world, relative are we.-
A friend is someone who knows
the song in your heart,
sings it to you when you forget the words.
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.
All the darkness in the world
cannot dispel even the smallest candle.
-Aung San Suu Kyi, Burmese Nobel Peace
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
Reveal the meaning of what
otherwise would remain
an unbearable sequence of sheer
happenings. -Hannah Arendt
Hope becomes faith through
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
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
Every act has sacramental possibilities.
Mind effects molecules; moon
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.
Self-ing is something Infinity
does for fun.
War is terrorism with a big
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.
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.
A poem is a momentary stay
against confusion. -Robert
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.
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.
The greatest thing we have
to give is ourselves.
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
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
If you have built castles in
the air, your work need not be lost . . .
put foundations under them. -Henry David Thoreau, Walden,
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. -
do not work because they are inspired; they become inspired because
- Ernest Newman
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
The only constant is change.
Life f lux.
It is always sunrise somewhere -John Muir
Worry gives a small thing
a BIG shadow.
Worry- Paying interest
on a debt not due. -Pat
Enemy- An adversarial
ally who teaches us about ourselves. -Pat
Fear- A backwards way
of trying to help ourselves learn. -Pat
- That minuscule fraction of time when you realize you've made a BIG
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.
Pain is weakness leaving the
-Kyle Maynard, 17yo multiple amputee
Strive. Never expect
or accept failure. Keep trying.
The world keeps ending but
new people keep showing up as if the fun has just begun.
Between moments of anguish
there are gaps of reprieve.
Caught in a hurricane, there
are breaks between squalls.
During labor, there are breathers
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.
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
Life is too short to be little.
Life is very interesting, if
you make mistakes. - Georges
Friendship multiplies joy,
Anger is radiance
trying to find a way out. -Robert
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
Vision without action is a
daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare.
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.
Our conscience is delicate
and easy to stifle but clear and impossible to mistake
- Madame de Staël
Peace is unity in diversity.
Nobel Peace Laureate Mikhail Gorbachev
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.
We are in the world to change
Promises are permanent.
Contracts are written assurance
in the hope that promises will be kept.
Heal the PAST
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.
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
your mind, even if your voice
shakes.” -Maggie Kuhn,
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.
Everyone is capable of anything.
May your troubles
be less, your blessings more,
& may nothing
but happiness come through your door.
The best things in life aren’t
“Holy Moley” moments.
moment we are reborn and die.
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
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.
the Universal Rhythm.
If given the
facts, if shown the light, people will
find their own way.
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
War is technology put to the
service of hate. –Matthew
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.
I have a dream, not a complaint.
Pursue peaceful ends through
peaceful means. -Martin
Luther King, Jr.
“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
Hope is faith holding out its
hand in the dark. -George
If the simple things in nature
have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive.
Courage is to bear unflinchingly
what heaven sends.
Integrity is the only path
upon which one never gets lost.
Kindness is the language which
the deaf can hear & the blind can see. -Mark
Human doing, not just human
The worth of a life is not
indicated by a single failure or success, no matter
Shared wealth nurtures the
Generosity of spirit enhances
No act of kindness,
no matter how small, is ever wasted.
Never doubt that a small
group of thoughtful & committed people can change the world; indeed,
it is the only thing that ever
has. - Margaret
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
Yesterday is history. Tomorrow
is mystery. Today is a gif.t
That’s why it’s called
May the beauty we love be what
we do. - Rumi
I am a verb.
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
Mighty oaks from little acorns
grow . . .with the help of forgetful squirrels -HD
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.
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.
can become the servant of our lowest instincts, but encodes the highest
aspirations of the human race.
Catch a Leaf
We need not think alike to
love alike. -Francis David
Around the block in 80 days. -Pat Cummins
My Beloved disarmed my Loyal
Soldier. -Trebbe Johnson
Mindful Atuned Spirit-centered
Aware Enthralled with Life Alert
’m happy to have been here-and better for it. -Roger
People are thrilled or disturbed
not by things, but by their view of things.
We have so little time, we
must proceed very slowly. -Buddhist
Within everyone lies the pure,
honest heart of the child they once were.
Stand for peace, rather than
fight against war.
(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
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
We are the unwilling, led
by the unqualified, doing the unnecessary, for the ungrateful.
on a Zippo lighter by a Vietnam vet
Peacemaking is not possible
by fighting against war.
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
I pledge allegiance
to the world
of the planet Earth of the
and to the web of life to which
EVERY nation, under God indivisible,
liberty and justice for ALL.
Lead, follow, or go your own
Vision becomes clear only when
we look into our own hearts. -Carl
Through faith, hope becomes
Opportunities are not found;
they are created.
Enthusiasm precedes every great
like acting lessons received during the on-stage
We’d free the incarcerate
human race that loneliness endures
could only you unlock my skull,
or I creep into yours. -
Reality is what refuses to
go away even when we stop believing in it. -Stephanie
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
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
Only when the
power of love is stronger than the love of power
will there be peace. -Jimi
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.
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
We are not separate beings,
you and I. We are different strands of the same Being."
-Leonard Peltier, Prison Writings
Another planetary patriot.
“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
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.
My face, I don’t mind it
because I’m behind it. -Anna
According to a recent survey
by the Academy of Incomplete Research, 9 out of 10.
How many surrealists does it take to change a light bulb
? A: A fish.
slip is when you say one thing but you mean your mother.
all you have is a hammer,
every problem looks like a nail. -Abraham Maslow
If your mind goes you can just
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
the tree which stands all alone.
Earth teach me limitations
the ant which crawls on the ground.
Earth teach me resignation
the leaves which die in the fall.
Earth teach me to forget myself
the snow forgets its life.
-Ute Indians of North America Saying
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.