Site Meter ANCORA IMPARO
I believe in simplicity. I believe in feelings and family, friendship and fidelity, forgiveness and fortitude. I believe in miracles, meditation, motherhood and make believe and that music is the only real magic this world has ever seen. I believe in concocting and consuming colorful cocktails and fussing over and feasting on fabulous food. I believe in living out loud. I believe in laughing until your face hurts and loving until your heart breaks. I believe in behaving boldly and when warranted, badly, taking bubble baths and being barefoot. I believe in poetry, puppies and playing in the park. I believe in seeking without ceasing that which sings to my soul and strengthens my spirit. I believe in dancing in the rain and digging in the dirt. I believe in honest expression and the golden rule. I believe in Nature and naps and that naïveté is sometimes necessary. I believe in goodness and gratitude, grit and grace. I believe in unity and the power of the universe. I believe in being authentically awesome. I believe in being better today than yesterday but not as good as tomorrow. I believe in challenges and change and growing pains. I believe in the inherent worth of every creature, being and life force on this planet. I believe in honoring the individual journeys and paths of people whether I understand them or not. I believe in letting people live their truth and trusting that it’s right for them. I believe in lifting up and letting go. I believe that death is just as sacred an experience as birth and that it is never, ever an end.

Mostly, I just believe that I’m never going to stop learning what it is I believe.


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“The most fundamental aggression to ourselves, the most fundamental harm we can do to ourselves, is to remain ignorant by not having the courage and the respect to look at ourselves honestly and gently.”

—Pema Chödrön

"But, but…do we HAVE to take down the shiny tree that holds all my toys?!"

"But, but…do we HAVE to take down the shiny tree that holds all my toys?!"

I told the postmaster to give me something pretty. This is what he chose. I like ‘em! First round of New Year mail done…three to go.

I told the postmaster to give me something pretty. This is what he chose. I like ‘em! First round of New Year mail done…three to go.

“We live in a culture in which material poverty and moral poverty are frequently assumed to go together. We readily believe that a lack of outward success reveals internal failures. By the same token, material success grants an automatic aura of respectability. The Bible offers a much more complex portrait of poverty. It recognizes that individuals often rise or fall on the strength of their qualities of character. But it does not — not once, not ever — take the poor as a social group to task for their poverty. On the contrary, the scriptures are overflowing with warnings and admonitions against the rich and the powerful.”

We are not above this to wear out the little guy.

"People let me tell you ‘€˜bout my best friend. He’s a one boy cuddly toy…my up, my down, my pride and joy!"

"People let me tell you ‘€˜bout my best friend. He’s a one boy cuddly toy…my up, my down, my pride and joy!"

"Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won’t come in." - Isaac Asimov

"Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won’t come in." - Isaac Asimov

Happily forgoing my first Silent Sunday of the year to sit at the side of a friend by request. Silence & friendship are equal in their ability to bring us back home to ourselves. May we all seek opportunities to spend time enjoying both this year!

Happily forgoing my first Silent Sunday of the year to sit at the side of a friend by request. Silence & friendship are equal in their ability to bring us back home to ourselves. May we all seek opportunities to spend time enjoying both this year!

"There is more beauty than our eyes can bear, precious things have been put into our hands and to do nothing to honor them is to do great harm." - Marilynne Robinson

"There is more beauty than our eyes can bear, precious things have been put into our hands and to do nothing to honor them is to do great harm." - Marilynne Robinson

“I am not going to read their script. I am not going to renounce my own reporting on this story. Because the reporting on this story stands, it is true, and now we also know that the Koch brothers do not wish to be associated with the work and the causes that they have funded through their multi-million dollar, multi-year massive funding of networks of conservative organizations… We will not stop reporting on the political actions, and the consequences of the political actions of rich and powerful men, even if they send angry letters every time we do it. I will not read scripts provided to me by anyone else. I do not play requests… I will not renounce or retract reporting that is true, even if the subjects of that reporting don’t like it. Being a political actor means being subject to political scrutiny. If you don’t want to be known for it, don’t do it. Don’t just complain when people accurately describe your actions. Your actions are what we are reporting on and we will do that on our own terms - as a free press. If you want to control the words that are used when your actions are discussed, then speak for yourself. I will renew my invitation now. Mr. Koch, or the other Mr. Koch, you are welcome on this show any time. I would love to discuss these matters with you right here, in person, live and without interruption. Any time. And it would be easy to set up, you apparently already have my number.”

—Rachel Maddow, throwing down in response to a letter from the Koch Brothers’ lawyers demanding she retract a story she did on the Kochs’ role in lobbying for state laws mandating drug testing for welfare recipients.  January 3, 2014. (via mamaatheist)

I could not love her more.

Could. NOT!

(via liberalsarecool)

"A quiet secluded life in the country, with the possibility of being useful to people to whom it is easy to do good, and who are not accustomed to have it done to them; then work which one hopes may be of some use; then rest, nature, books, music, love for one’s neighbor — such is my idea of happiness." - Leo Tolstoy

"A quiet secluded life in the country, with the possibility of being useful to people to whom it is easy to do good, and who are not accustomed to have it done to them; then work which one hopes may be of some use; then rest, nature, books, music, love for one’s neighbor — such is my idea of happiness." - Leo Tolstoy

"Reunited and it feels so good…"

"Reunited and it feels so good…"

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