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FYI May 24, 2019

On This Day

1621 – The Protestant Union is formally dissolved.
The Protestant Union (German: Protestantische Union), also known as the Evangelical Union, Union of Auhausen, German Union or the Protestant Action Party, was a coalition of Protestant German states. It was formed on May 14, 1608 by Frederick IV, Elector Palatine in order to defend the rights, land and safety of each member. It included both Calvinist and Lutheran states, and dissolved in 1621.

The union was formed following two events. Firstly, the Holy Roman Emperor Rudolf II and Bavarian Duke Maximilian I reestablished Catholicism in Donauwörth in 1607. Secondly, by 1608, a majority of the Imperial Diet had decided that the renewal of the 1555 Peace of Augsburg should be conditional upon the restoration of all church land appropriated since 1552. The Protestant princes met in Auhausen, and formed a coalition of Protestant states under the leadership of Frederick IV on May 14, 1608. In response, the Catholic League organized the following year, headed by Duke Maximilian.[1]

Members of the Protestant Union included the Palatinate, Neuburg, Württemberg, Baden-Durlach, Ansbach, Bayreuth, Anhalt, Zweibrücken, Oettingen, Hesse-Kassel, Brandenburg, and the free cities of Ulm, Strasbourg, Nuremberg, Rothenburg, Windsheim, Schweinfurt, Weissenburg, Nördlingen, Schwäbisch Hall, Heilbronn, Memmingen, Kempten, Landau, Worms, Speyer, Aalen and Giengen.[2]

However, the Protestant Union was weakened from the start by the non-participation of several powerful German Protestant rulers, notably the Elector of Saxony. The Union was also beset by internal strife between its Lutheran and Calvinist members.[3]

In 1619, Frederick V of the Palatinate accepted the crown of Bohemia in opposition to Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand II. On July 3, 1620, the Protestant Union signed the Treaty of Ulm (German: Ulmer Vertrag), declaring neutrality and declining to support Frederick V.[4] In January 1621, Ferdinand II imposed an imperial ban upon Frederick V and moved his right to elect an emperor to Maximilian. Electoral Palatinate also lost the Upper Palatinate to Bavaria. The Protestant Union met in Heilbronn in February and formally protested Ferdinand’s actions. He ignored this complaint and ordered the Protestant Union to disband its army. The members of the union complied with Ferdinand’s demand under the Mainz accord in May, and on May 14, 1621, it was formally dissolved.[5]

A new separate union without connection to this one emerged twelve years later, the Heilbronn League. It allied some Protestant states in western, central and southern Germany, and fought against the Holy Roman Emperor under the guidance of Sweden and France, which were at the same time parties to that league.


Born On This Day

1887 – Mick Mannock, Irish soldier and pilot, Victoria Cross recipient (d. 1918)
Edward Corringham “Mick” Mannock VC, DSO & Two Bars, MC & Bar (24 May 1887 – 26 July 1918) was a British flying ace in the Royal Flying Corps and Royal Air Force during the First World War. Mannock was a pioneer of fighter aircraft tactics in aerial warfare. At his death he had amassed 61 aerial victories, the fifth highest scoring pilot of the war.

Mannock was born in 1887 to an English father, Edward Mannock, and an Irish mother. Mannock’s father served in the British Army and the family moved to India when Mannock was a small child. Mannock was sickly and developed several ailments in his formative years. Upon his return to England he became a fervent supporter of Irish nationalism and the Irish Home Rule movement but became a member of the Independent Labour Party where he satisfied his interest in politics.

In 1914 Mannock was working as a telephone engineer in Turkey. After the Ottoman Empire’s entry into the war on the side of the Central Powers he was interned. Mannock was badly treated and soon fell ill. Turkish authorities repatriated him to Britain believing him to be unfit for war service.

Mannock recovered and joined the Royal Engineers and then Royal Army Medical Corps. He moved services again and in 1916 joined Royal Flying Corps (RFC). After completing his training he was assigned to No. 40 Squadron RFC. Mannock went into combat on the Western Front participating three separate combat tours. After a slow start he began to prove himself as an exceptional pilot, scoring his first victory on 7 May 1917.

By February 1918 Mannock had achieved 16 victories and was appointed Flight Commander of No. 74 Squadron. He amassed 36 more victories from 12 April—17 June 1918. After returning from leave Mannock was appointed commanding officer of No. 85 Squadron in July 1918, and scored nine more victories that month. Days after warning fellow ace George McElroy about the hazards of flying low into ground fire, that fate befell Mannock and he was killed in action dogfighting too close to the ground on 26 July 1918.

Mannock was among the most decorated men in the British Armed Forces. He was honoured with the Military Cross twice, was one of the rare three-time recipients of the Distinguished Service Order, and was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross.




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907 Updates May 24, 2019

Judge Wolverton has failed the children of Alaska. An adult knowingly starves and abuses children is not a monster?
By Daniella Rivera: Echo Terry sentenced in child starvation, abuse case
Thursday’s hearing was the third in a series of sentencing hearings in which Wolverton heard arguments from the state and the defense, a statement in support of Terry and victim impact statements from the new parents of the girls she abused.

The judge said the state should not have allowed Terry, a single person with no parenting experience, to take on the responsibility of four adopted daughters with little supervision, but he was still “taken aback” by its sentencing recommendation.

“Echo Terry is not a monster,” Wolverton said. “She’s committed serious crimes. She’s convicted of serious crimes. But the job of a sentencing judge would be much easier if we were only called upon to sentence monsters.”

Terry was also sentenced to serve five years probation.
By Heather Hintze: With mass spruce beetle kill, Mat-Su Borough urges caution over holiday weekend
By Sean Maguire: Dozens call opposing House PFD plan that would change the dividend formula
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By Rebecca Palsha: Less concrete, lower hills, no more stairs and wooden benches–Town Square Park gets a new design
Parks and Rec is still asking for input about the plan and what people want from the park. There’s a public hearing on June 13.
By Laura Holman: National defense spending bill includes Arctic military operations
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Science Daily University of Alaska Fairbanks: Melting small glaciers could add 10 inches to sea levels
For example, Alaska’s 25,000 glaciers will lose between 30% and 50% of their mass by the end of this century. Once they do, Alaska will be the largest global regional sea level contributor in Northern Hemisphere, apart from Greenland.

“Globally, there’s almost 10 inches of sea level rise by 2100 only from the smaller glaciers, whereas everybody thinks it’s only Antarctica and Greenland,” Hock said. “But these relatively small glaciers in the world have an enormous impact.”

The paper was published in the Journal of Glaciology.
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Military May 24, 2019

By Reuters: Trump to send 1,500 troops to the Middle East amid tensions with Iran
By Jim Garamone: Remembering Those Who Sacrificed for America
By Joe Marusak, The Charlotte Observer: Decorated Vietnam vet presents Purple Heart and Bronze Star to family of slain UNC Charlotte shooting hero
On Wednesday, Waynesville Police Chief William Hollingsed and Haywood County Sheriff Greg Christopher presented Howell’s family with a Purple Heart and Bronze Star from Thomas “Stormy” Matteo.

Matteo is president of the Purple Heart Society who received six Purple Heart medals from action with the Marines in Vietnam.
By Jared Keller: Shanahan to Naval Academy graduates: learn to embrace failure like samurai and Silicon Valley
“If you have never experienced failure; if you have not felt the cut of the blade, then when failure finds you — you won’t know how to recover,” he added.
Military.com | By Gina Harkins: Top Marine Makes Plea to End Suicide, Says ‘Zero Shame’ in Admitting Problem
“Let me be clear up front, there is zero shame in admitting one’s struggles in life — trauma, shame, guilt or uncertainty about the future — and asking for help,” he said in a two-page letter about mental illness addressed to Marines, sailors and their families.

Neller accompanied the letter with a raw video posted to social media in which he tells Marines that life is tough, just as being a Marine is tough. “Nobody said this was going to be easy, but you can deal with this. It has to be dealt with.”

“We are all ‘broken’ in our own way — and we all need help at times,” Neller said. “It is critical we understand and respect that.”

Marines are in a fight to save their fellow comrades, and they must approach that fight with the same intensity they apply to other battles, he added.

“We can never stand by and do nothing,” the commandant wrote.

Editor’s note: Those struggling can visit www.dstressline.com or call 1-877-476-7734. Someone is available to help 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
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Quotes May 24, 2019

“We try to stay this side of dirt for as long as we can,” Shaw said. “The more active you are, the healthier you will be.”

“I live for the day, today is all I’ve got. Tomorrow is going to be brand new and you have no idea what it’s going to bring.”

Rep. Laddie Shaw, R-Anchorage, 70, is a retired Navy SEAL
No good decision was ever made in a swivel chair.
George S. Patton
“The most dangerous people in the world are not the tiny minority instigating evil acts, but those who do the acts for them. For example, when the British invaded India, many Indians accepted to work for the British to kill off Indians who resisted their occupation. So in other words, many Indians were hired to kill other Indians on behalf of the enemy for a paycheck. Today, we have mercenaries in Africa, corporate armies from the western world, and unemployed men throughout the Middle East killing their own people – and people of other nations – for a paycheck. To act without a conscience, but for a paycheck, makes anyone a dangerous animal. The devil would be powerless if he couldn’t entice people to do his work. So as long as money continues to seduce the hungry, the hopeless, the broken, the greedy, and the needy, there will always be war between brothers.”
Suzy Kassem
“The Japanese fought to win – it was a savage, brutal, inhumane, exhausting and dirty business. Our commanders knew that if we were to win and survive, we must be trained realistically for it whether we liked it or not. In the post-war years, the U.S. Marine Corps came in for a great deal of undeserved criticism in my opinion, from well-meaning persons who did not comprehend the magnitude of stress and horror that combat can be. The technology that developed the rifle barrel, the machine gun and high explosive shells has turned war into prolonged, subhuman slaughter. Men must be trained realistically if they are to survive it without breaking, mentally and physically.”
E.B. Sledge, With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa
“What do I want now? I want to be treated with the respect I deserve in the current VA system and not be retraumatized. I want the men who did this to me to be punished and if that isn’t possible, I want reassurance what happened to me will never ever happen to another woman in the Armed services. I want some restitution of the damage I have.”
Diane Chamberlain, Conduct Unbecoming: Rape, Torture, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from Military Commanders
“We had it drilled into us time and time again: ‘If someone above you falls, grip tightly to the vertical rope and cradle that person in your arms until help can get to you.’…If someone fell down on me I swear I would have bitten him on the ass and would keep on biting until he got off onhis own.”
C.S. Crawford, The Four Deuces: A Korean War Story
“What you don’t know going in is that when you come out, you will be scarred for life. Whether you were in for a week, a month, or a year—even if you come home without a scratch—you are never, ever going to be the same.

When I went in, I was eighteen. I thought it was all glory and you win lots of medals. You think you’re going to be the guy. Then you find out the cost is very great. Especially when you don’t see the kids you were with when you went in. Living with it can be hell. It’s like the devil presides in you. I knew what I sighed up for, yes, and I would do it again. But the reality of war—words can’t begin to describe it.”
William Guarnere

Music May 24, 2019



FYI May 23, 2019

On This Day

1498 – Girolamo Savonarola is burned at the stake in Florence, Italy.
Girolamo Savonarola (Italian: [dʒiˈrɔːlamo savonaˈrɔːla]; 21 September 1452 – 23 May 1498) was an Italian Dominican friar and preacher active in Renaissance Florence. He was known for his prophecies of civic glory, the destruction of secular art and culture, and his calls for Christian renewal. He denounced clerical corruption, despotic rule and the exploitation of the poor. He prophesied the coming of a biblical flood and a new Cyrus from the north who would reform the Church. In September 1494, when Charles VIII of France invaded Italy, and threatened Florence, such prophecies seemed on the verge of fulfilment. While Savonarola intervened with the French king, the Florentines expelled the ruling Medici and, at the friar’s urging, established a “popular” republic. Declaring that Florence would be the New Jerusalem, the world centre of Christianity and “richer, more powerful, more glorious than ever”,[2] he instituted an extreme puritanical campaign, enlisting the active help of Florentine youth.

In 1495 when Florence refused to join Pope Alexander VI’s Holy League against the French, the Vatican summoned Savonarola to Rome. He disobeyed and further defied the pope by preaching under a ban, highlighting his campaign for reform with processions, bonfires of the vanities, and pious theatricals. In retaliation, the pope excommunicated him in May 1497, and threatened to place Florence under an interdict. A trial by fire proposed by a rival Florentine preacher in April 1498 to test Savonarola’s divine mandate turned into a fiasco, and popular opinion turned against him. Savonarola and two of his supporting friars were imprisoned. On 23 May 1498, Church and civil authorities condemned, hanged, and burned the three friars in the main square of Florence.

Savonarola’s devotees, the Piagnoni, kept his cause of republican freedom and religious reform alive well into the following century, although the Medici—restored to power in 1512 with the help of the papacy—eventually broke the movement. Some Protestants consider Savonarola to be a vital precursor of the Reformation.



Born On This Day

1820 – James Buchanan Eads, American engineer, designed the Eads Bridge (d. 1887)
Captain James Buchanan Eads (May 23, 1820 – March 8, 1887) was a world-renowned[1] American civil engineer and inventor, holding more than 50 patents.[2]

Early life and education
Eads was born in Lawrenceburg, Indiana,[3] and named for his mother’s cousin, future President of the United States James Buchanan. Eads’ father, Thomas C. Eads pursued a fortune to no avail and the family moved several times.[4] Eads grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. The family lost all of their possessions in a steamboat fire as they landed in St. Louis in 1833.[4] Thomas Eads’ business ventures in St. Louis failed, and he abandoned his family and moved upriver.[4]

James Eads was largely self-educated; at the age of 13, he left school to take up work to help support the family. He sold apples on the streets of St. Louis to help support his sisters and mother, who ran a boardinghouse.[4] One of his first jobs was at the Williams & Duhring dry-goods store run by Barrett Williams. Williams allowed the young Eads to spend time in his library, located above the store. In Eads’s spare time, he read books on physical science, mechanics, machinery, and civil engineering. When Eads became successful later in life and Williams suffered hardship, Eads reciprocated Williams’ generosity by providing money for Williams’ comfort in his old age.[4]



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By Sasha Ingber: More Than 1,000 Holocaust Victims Are Buried In Belarus After Mass Grave Discovered
By John D. McKinnon: Bill would offer $700 million in aid to U.S. telecoms hurt by Huawei ban
Huawei and ZTE have previously denied that their equipment poses a security risk to the U.S. They didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment on Wednesday. Many of the affected carriers are smaller rural carriers. Major wireless carriers have generally stopped deploying suspect Chinese gear since concerns began to be raised publicly around 2012.
By Paola Nalvarte/TM: Mexican journalists and their families confront the new president during his daily press conferences
Since the new Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador began his already famous daily morning press conferences, where he answers questions from the audience and the press, journalists and their families are taking the opportunity to confront the leader concerning threats to themselves and the profession.
By Chris Perez: Wrangler’s collab with rapper Lil Nas X gets boycotted by country fans
“I’m SICK,” seethed one Instagrm user. “I went all Wrangler when Levi went anti gun because wrangler was the true Cowboy brand… but of course they can’t stay true to their consumers and try to appease totally different audience that had to google what wrangler was…”

User @thomasoftheyear said, “If you have any sense, you’ll stop production and burn what’s left…I don’t buy anything made by Levi’s after their gun control stance. I’ll stop buying Wranglers just as quick for this nonsense.”

Wrangler did not immediately respond to requests for comment Wednesday, but the company did offer a statement online saying: “Since 1947, we’ve offered jeans for a variety of wearers and occasions. Our western heritage and offering quality product for all wearers will always be the very heart of the brand.”
By Addison Nugent: She Outsold Dickens, So Why Don’t We Know Her Name?
Why you should care
Marie Corelli melded Victorian ideas of technology, melodrama and the occult into her novels, yet nobody reads her anymore.

Excellent comments at the end of the article.
By Boyd Kemper: I Was an EMT Until I Couldn’t Take It Anymore
Why you should care
Drive an ambulance, they said, because it’ll be nice and you’ll help people. The nice part? Not so much.

I became an EMT because I was seeking redemption. I did not get it. I worked nights for years, and I saw the worst of humanity on a regular basis.

I would never sleep on the night shift, just sit by the radio with a book listening for “A-48 come in.” That was the call sign of my truck. You never knew what you were going to get. It could be anything from a machete attack to rape to child abuse to a shooting to an overdose. The worst was when you heard “A-48, man down at [insert address], no further information.”

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Nipun Mehta’s Awakin Weekly By Margaret Wheatley: Uncomfortable Place Of Uncertainty
Sometimes we hesitate to listen for differences because we don’t want to change. We’re comfortable with our lives, and if we listened to anyone who raised questions, we’d have to get engaged in changing things. If we don’t listen, things can stay as they are and we won’t have to expend any energy. But most of us do see things in our life or in the world that we would like to be different. If that’s true, we have to listen more, not less. And we have to be willing to move into the very uncomfortable place of uncertainty.




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907 Updates May 23, 2019

By Shayne Nuesco: Teen charged for Palmer High school shooting threat
By Sean Maguire: 70-year-old paragliding lawmaker rescues friend injured in a crash
JUNEAU, Alaska (KTUU) – An Anchorage lawmaker regularly paraglides from the top of Mt. Roberts above Juneau, and Monday afternoon he was forced to help a friend who suffered a skull fracture from a paragliding fall.

Rep. Laddie Shaw, R-Anchorage, 70, is a retired Navy SEAL with nine years of active duty experience and 24 years in uniform. He tries to make the steep hike up Mt. Roberts three times a week.
By Scott Gross: ‘Largest military fishing tournament in the world’ gives Alaska’s combat veterans a change of pace
“Last year I had a military member come up to me,” Lee said. “He wasn’t even on my charter. He thanked me and said he’ll be deployed for the third time to the Middle East soon. He said, while he’s surrounded by desert, this is a day he’s going to think about to get him through.”

It’s also an opportunity for the service members in Alaska to see what else the state has to offer.

“Many of them have not been outside where they are permanently stationed in Alaska,” Riffen said. “Whether that is Fairbanks or Eielson, JBER or Juneau, this gives them a chance to see another part of our state.”
By Laura Holman: Anchorage woman charged with stealing over $7,000 from local elementary school
When interviewed about the transactions, Faaloua originally said they were all authorized. She said the purchases were for food and clothes for the PTA, and the cash was for landscaping during the summer. The detective interviewing Faaloua said there were no receipts for any of the transactions.

Faaloua later admitted that she made one of the cash withdrawals over the summer when her car broke down. She also admitted all the cash withdrawals were made by her, even if she had forgotten about them.

Faaloua is being charged with count of theft in the second degree, and one count of misapplication of property.
By Scott Gross: ‘You will get caught’: 2 playground fires spotlight school vandalism
“What people, especially families, have to remember is this stays with you,” Hargraves said. “This individual will now have a criminal record on his juvenile report. It affects the family and the community.”

ASD carries a property insurance policy with a $100,000 deductible. Anything under that is out-of-pocket expenses for the district, Hargraves said, and when things like vandalism happen it tracks costs and confers with attorneys.

Any juveniles found responsible and their families could be on the hook for the full amount or a portion of the repairs.
By John Thompson: Workforce Wednesday: U.S. Navy seeks Alaskan recruits
United States Navy’s commander of recruiting Rear Admiral Brendan McLane says Alaska’s position makes it even more important to have people serving in the Navy.

Rear Adm. McLane says he’s visiting Alaska’s four Naval recruiting stations in Anchorage at the Dimond Center and Tikhatnu Commons, Wasilla and Fairbanks to find more Alaskans who want to serve.

“Alaskans join at an increasing rate,” McLane says. “In 2017 we had about 108 join; last year 168. We have already had 65 ship off to boot camp and another 87 signed up, so it’s growing.”

Rear Adm. McLane says he appreciates the high-quality sailors Alaska produces and he’s focusing on connecting with more young people to share the benefits of joining the Navy.
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Military May 23, 2019

Military.com | By Gina Harkins: Navy IDs Officer Who Died Aboard the Arlington; NCIS Probe Continues
The Fayetteville Observer, N.C. | By Rachael Riley: 82nd Airborne Inducts 2019 Hall of Fame Class at Fort Bragg
Military.com | By Richard Sisk: Thunder’s End: Rolling Thunder to Mark Final Memorial Day Event This Weekend
The spectacle of hundreds of thousands of motorcycles roaring their way through the streets of Washington, D.C., to Memorial Day events as part of the annual Rolling Thunder veterans tribute will be a thing of the past after this coming weekend.

Former Army Sgt. Artie Muller, a 73-year-old Vietnam veteran and co-founder of Rolling Thunder, said the logistics and costs of staging the event for Memorial Day, which falls on May 27 this year, were getting too out of hand to continue. The ride had become a tradition in D.C. since the first in 1988.
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“It’s just a lot of money,” said the plainspoken Muller, who laced an interview with a few epithets of regret over having to shut down Rolling Thunder.

Muller, who served with the 4th Infantry Division in Vietnam and runs the event out of his home in Neshanic, New Jersey, said it costs about $200,000 to stage Rolling Thunder, which draws riders from across the nation.
The Associated Press | By Rebecca Santana: D-Day Veterans Revisit Normandy, Recall Horror and Triumph
Dennis Trudeau, a World War II veteran who landed in Normandy on D-Day, poses for a photo at his home in Grovetown, Ga. Trudeau had joined the Canadian military at 17 and became a paratrooper in part because they paid an extra $50 a month. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)
By Jared Keller: The Navy warship forged from World Trade Center steel has returned to New York for the first time in years
The USS New York — the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock whose very nose was forged from steel salvaged from the wreckage of the World Trade Center after the September 11th attacks — cruised into New York for the first time since 2011.
By Jeff Schogol: Disgraced Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens is returning to the Navy, but he won’t be a SEAL again
By Justin Elliott And Kengo Tsutsumi, ProPublica: TurboTax uses a ‘military discount’ to trick US service members into paying to file their taxes
TurboTax first launched the Military Edition in 2012. “TurboTax has a long history of supporting the military and many of our employees have served our country,” the then-head of TurboTax said in the company’s press release.

It has apparently been a lucrative business. On an earnings call six months later, Intuit’s then-CEO Brad Smith boasted “we saw double-digit growth this season from the military and digital native customer segments.”

“Given our scale and our data capabilities,” he said, “we plan to extend this advantage to even more taxpayers next season.” Smith is now executive chairman of Intuit’s board.

Last week, a class action was filed against Intuit by a law firm representing a Marine, Laura Nichols, who was charged by TurboTax even though she was eligible to file for free, according to the complaint. The suit cites ProPublica’s previous reporting on the issue. The company declined to comment.
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By Military.com Gina Harkins: 3 Silent Drill Platoon Marines Kicked Out, 2 Others Lose a Rank for Hazing
Several members of the Marine Corps’ famous Silent Drill Platoon were kicked out of the service or punished by their command after someone reported witnessing them using a training rifle to strike someone.

Three Marines have been discharged in the last 60 days and two others lost a rank after the Naval Criminal Investigative Service began looking into hazing allegations inside the revered unit that performs at public events around the world.
The Los Angeles Times | By Yvonne Villarreal: Milo Ventimiglia of ‘This Is Us’ Breaks Down the Series’ Vietnam War Story Line
The Associated Press | By JOHN CARUCCI: Adam Driver Credits Military for Courage to Be an Actor
NEW YORK (AP) — Adam Driver was home alone doing the dishes when his agent called with the news that he’d just received a Tony Award nomination. But since his wife was out of town, there was no one to share the news. So he just finished the dishes.

Driver got the nod for his work in a new revival of Lanford Wilson’s play “Burn This.” It’s Driver’s first Tony nod and his third show on Broadway.
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Music May 23, 2019




Quotes May 23, 2019

Re-examine all you have been told. Dismiss what insults your soul.
Walt Whitman
Take care of your inner, spiritual beauty. That will reflect in your face.
Dolores del Rio
Maturity is the ability to think, speak and act your feelings within the bounds of dignity. The measure of your maturity is how spiritual you become during the midst of your frustrations.
Samuel Ullman
Spirituality does two things for you. One, you are forced to become more selfless, two, you trust to providence. The opposite of a spiritual man is a materialist. If I was a materialist I would be making lots of money doing endorsements, doing cricket commentary. I have no interest in that.
Imran Khan
Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have. Make the NOW the primary focus of your life.
Eckhart Tolle
You can’t have a physical transformation until you have a spiritual transformation.
Cory Booker
Friendship has always belonged to the core of my spiritual journey.
Henri Nouwen
Part of spiritual and emotional maturity is recognizing that it’s not like you’re going to try to fix yourself and become a different person. You remain the same person, but you become awakened.
Jack Kornfield
I realized then that even though I was a tiny speck in an infinite cosmos, a blip on the timeline of eternity, I was not without purpose.
R.J. Anderson
The spiritual life is not a life before, after, or beyond our everyday existence. No, the spiritual life can only be real when it is lived in the midst of the pains and joys of the here and now.
Henri Nouwen
Soul is the central point of spiritual discipline.
God will not look you over for medals, degrees or diplomas but for scars.
Elbert Hubbard
When you connect to the silence within you, that is when you can make sense of the disturbance going on around you.
Stephen Richards
We are an impossibility in an impossible universe.
Ray Bradbury
Human spirit is the ability to face the uncertainty of the future with curiosity and optimism. It is the belief that problems can be solved, differences resolved. It is a type of confidence. And it is fragile. It can be blackened by fear and superstition. By the year 2050, when the conflict began, the world had fallen upon fearful, superstitious times.
Bernard Beckett
The soul is placed in the body like a rough diamond and must be polished, or the luster of it will never appear.
Daniel Defoe
Big-heartedness is the most essential virtue on the spiritual journey.
Matthew Fox
When a man is willing and eager, the Gods join in.
Within you there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself. Herman Hesse
Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself and know that everything in this life has a purpose. There are no mistakes, no coincidences. All events are blessings given to us to learn from. Elizabeth Kübler-Ross
Be guided by Spirit and not driven by ego.
If peace is our single aim in all we do, we will always know what to do because we will do whatever will protect and deepen our peace.
Gerald Jampolsky
Looking deeply at life as it is in this very moment, the meditator dwells in stability and freedom.
Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, man cannot live without a spiritual life.
We are not human beings trying to be spiritual. We are spiritual beings trying to be human.
Jacquelyn Small
You are never alone or helpless. The force that guides the stars, guides you too.
Shrii Shirr Anandamurti
Prayer is a friendly conversation with the One we know loves us.
St Teresa of Avila
“The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you really are.”
Carl Jung
“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is.”
Albert Einstein
You can read books without ever stepping into a library; and practice spirituality without ever going to a temple.
“You are never alone. You are eternally connected with everyone.”
Amit Ray
“The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware; joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.”
Henry Miller
On the spiritual path, all the dreck and misery is transformed, maybe not that same day, but still transformed into spiritual fuel or insight.
“Character can not be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.”
Helen Keller
“If you lose money you lose much, If you lose friends you lose more, If you lose faith you lose all.”
Eleanor Roosevelt
It is in our wild nature that we best recover from our un-nature, our spirituality.
No individual can ultimately fail. The Divinity which descends into humanity is bound to re-gain its original state.
N. Sri Ram
Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.
Kahlil Gibran
Most importantly, the meaning of spirituality lays the seeds for our destiny and the path we must follow.
Dennis Banks
It is the inner life that is to spark the change in consciousness that will permit us to advance. Brother Wayne Teasdale