Saturday, December 20, 2008

Jenni's Quotable Quotes

So funny. I was looking for a good Maya Angelou quote this morning on Google, and I came across a whole ton of quotes... from I completely don't even remember that I used to do an occasional quote of the month for my old website from 2002-2004. I stopped in January 2005, a month before Maiya was born. Here they are:

"For in the baby lies the future of the world..." - From a Mayan Proverb

"Let me say at the risk of seeming ridiculous that a true revolutionary is guided by great feelings of love." - Che Guevara

"From your garden of dreams, many things may blossom." - Fortune cookie fortune from Jenni's wallet

"We are born with purpose and when we walk in purpose... we collide with destiny. - Dr. Bertice Berry, "It's Time to Change: The Art of Transformation, Becoming all that you are!"

"Unless each individual develops a sense of responsibility, the whole community cannot move. So therefore it is very essential that we should not feel that individual effort is meaningless - you should not feel that way. We should make an effort. - The Dalai Lama's Book of Love & Compassion

"Let me just say: Peace to you, if you're willing to fight for it." - Fred Hampton, Chair Illinois Black Panther Party

"Each of us needs to be awakened to a personal and compassionate recognition of the inseparable interconnection between our minds, hearts, and bodies, between our physical and psychical well-being, and between our selves and all the other selves in our country and in the world."- Grace Lee Boggs, National Exchange on Arts & Civic Dialogue, Flint, October 2003 (I was fortunate to be able to give the introduction to Grace)

"What the world needs now is love, sweet love. It's the only thing that there's just too little of." - Burt Bacharach

"Together, let's build a new world, a world without violence, a world free of weapons and warriors, a world of lasting PEACE!--Okinawan Women Against Military Violence

"There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but one must take it because it is right." - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

"We must go beyond organic, as it is currently defined in the National Organic Standards, and strive for food that is not only healthful and natural but also local... Buying locally means farmers get more of the food dollar, we get better nutrition, and less fuel is consumed in transport." - Kathleen Merrigan, Organic Gardening

"Somehow, some way, the arts will again emerge from the current crisis and grow stronger, for despite all the attacks, the arts offer something irreplaceable to society. As long as we are a species, nothing can ever destroy the instinct to create, and the desire we have to access that creativity." - Barry Hessenius, former Executive Director, California Arts Council

"The future depends on what we do in the present." - Grace Lee Boggs

Peace can start with just one heart,
From a small step to leaps and bounds
A walk becomes a race for time
And a brave child calls out from the crowd
We will have peace, we will because we must
We must because we cherish life
- Holly Near from "The Great Peace March

"Facing future I see hope, hope that we will survive, hope that we will prosper, hope that once again we will reap the blessings of this magical land, for without hope I cannot live, remember the past but do not dwell there, face the future where all our hopes stand." - Israel Kamakawiwo'ole

"Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding." - Albert Einstein

"We must be the change we wish to see in the world." - Gandhi

"Strike against war, for without you no battles can be fought... Be not dumb, obedient slaves in an army of destruction! Be heroes in an army of construction." - Helen Keller

"Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today."– Malcolm X

"Peace isn't the absence of war, but the presence of justice." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Keep in mind always the present you are constructing. It should be the future you want." - Alice Walker

"We got to keep on keepin on... Intensify the Struggle in all our areas of work... we have to dig deeper within ourselves not to let the false patriotism, jingoism and other ideological bullshit push aside all the important gains that we have made in our struggles for civil rights and civil liberties. Sound like 'old hat' don't it? But yes indeed... Freedom IS a Constant Struggle." - Bill Sorro

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Cold Turkey

Well that wasn't very nice of me, now was it? Here I was blogging every day in the month of November, and then bam! Cold turkey in December. I wasn't planning on taking a blog break, but with the online class I was taking (BTW I got an A+ in the class) and everything else going on in life, I kind of burned out. I don't even have any pictures to post lately, because our camera isn't working and I had misplaced the good battery.

I'm not really back... just taking a moment during a bit of insomnia to say that I will be back. Right now things are a little crazy. Uncle Bill had hip surgery, and Tony stayed at his house for 7 nights taking care of his dad while Uncle Bill was in the hospital, and we have been eating over there every night after work, coming home around 10-11 pm lately. Work is hectic, and then... we are in escrow on a house, more on that later. All of which to say that I haven't even started dealing with holidays or gifts or anything. I think this year the holidays are going to be over before we even have a chance to stress about it because so much else is going on.

And man, it is cold out! It's not helping my laryngitis. So yeah, sorry about the cold turkey on the old blog.

Friday, December 05, 2008

Low low low low low

Gas at the Arco today was $1.79, 1.89 and 1.99 today, but they only had regular. Last Saturday, we paid $2.11 for premium at the same gas station. Very exciting.
Remember this? It's from June 2008.