“When you blame others, you give up your power to change.”
“There is no magic cure, no making it all go away forever. There are only small steps upward; an easier day, an unexpected laugh, a mirror that doesn’t matter anymore.”
Laurie Halse Anderson
“A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.”
It is the same with people as it is with riding a bike. Only when moving can one comfortably maintain one’s balance.
There’s nothing so dangerous as sitting still.
As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.
John F. Kennedy
“We have so little faith in the ebb and flow of life, of love, of relationships. We leap at the flow of the tide and resist in terror its ebb.”
Anne Morrow Lindbergh
What heaven can be more real than to retain the spirit-world of childhood, tempered and balanced by knowledge and common sense.
writer and illustrator
During times of radical change, how do we hold both the magnificence and tragedy of the world?
Geneen Marie Haugen
Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.
“The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it.”
The greatest peril of misplaced worry is that in keeping us constantly tensed against an imagined catastrophe, it prevents us from fully living.
If your everyday life seems poor, don’t blame it; blame yourself; admit to yourself that you are not enough of a poet to call forth its riches.
Rainer Maria Rilke,
poet and novelist
In the face of an obstacle which is impossible to overcome, stubbornness is stupid.
Simone de Beauvoir
“When you blame others, you give up your power to change.”
Our armed forces will fight for peace in Iraq, a peace built on more secure foundations than are found today in the Middle East. Even more important, they will fight for two human conditions of even greater value than peace: liberty and justice.
“Freedom does not come without a price. We may sometimes take for granted the many liberties we enjoy in America, but they have all been earned through the ultimate sacrifice paid by so many of the members of our armed forces.”
“You know, 1 percent of us is in the armed forces, protecting the other 99, and they’re all volunteers.”
History has taught us over and over again that freedom is not free. When push comes to shove, the ultimate protectors of freedom and liberty are the brave men and women in our armed forces. Throughout our history, they’ve answered the call in bravery and sacrifice.
As to the advantages of temperance in the training of the armed forces and of its benefits to the members of the forces themselves, there can be no doubt in the world.
William Lyon Mackenzie King
The U.S. Armed Forces are the best trained, best equipped fighting forces in the world.
Our men and women in our armed forces are the real heroes in this conflict.
Every member of the U.S. Armed Forces knows what they signed up for, and they know what their job is, and they are proud of their job.”
I have great respect and understanding for military commitment due to my own family’s involvement with the armed forces.
The criteria for serving one’s country should be competence, courage, and willingness to serve. When we deny people the chance to serve because of their sexual orientation, we deprive them of their rights of citizenship, and we deprive our armed forces the service of willing and capable Americans.
By Liz Thomas: Jim Balamaci memorial this weekend
By Zaz Hollander: Gunshots, then silence: Daylong standoff with troopers in Pilot Station ends with man dead
By Kortnie Horazdovsky / Victoria Taylor: Thomas re-sentenced to original plea deal of 75 years for murder
By Mike Ross: Sexual assault suspect indicted
By Emily Carlson: Fairview worries Prop 10 would turn them into homeless hub
Nurse Named Providence CEO
By Laurel Andrews: Alaska’s state-run psychiatric hospital to be investigated for allegations of workplace safety, retaliation
By Erica Martinson: Alaskan’s BIA nomination held up in White House limbo over Native corporation share questions
By Kortnie Horazdovsky: Alaskan Paralympian wins gold
By Richard Mauer: ASK JUNEAU: Can marijuana tax revenue be used for education?
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By Wesley Early: Alaska News Nightly: Friday, March 9, 2018
By Craig Medred: Iditarod dangers
Back home in Minnesota now with the memory of a near-death experience along the Iditarod Trail unlikely to fade for a long, long time, Scott Hoberg finds himself a man deeply humbled by Alaska’s vast, winter wilderness
And thankful to be alive. Very thankful.
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Maria Popova’s Brain Pickings -> An Evolutionary Anatomy of Affect: Neuroscientist Antonio Damasio on How and Why We Feel What We Feel
“How and what we create culturally and how we react to cultural phenomena depend on the tricks of our imperfect memories as manipulated by feelings.”
“A purely disembodied human emotion is a nonentity,” William James wrote in his pioneering 1884 theory of how our bodies affect our feelings. In the century-some since, breakthroughs in neurology, psychobiology, and neuroscience have contributed leaps of layered (though still incomplete) understanding of the relationship between the physical body and our emotional experience. That tessellated relationship is what neuroscientist Antonio Damasio examines in The Strange Order of Things: Life, Feeling, and the Making of Cultures (public library) — a title inspired by the disorienting fact that several billion years ago, single-cell organisms began exhibiting behaviors strikingly analogous to certain human social behaviors and 100 million years ago insects developed interactions, instruments, and cooperative strategies that we might call cultural. That such sociocultural behaviors long predate the development of the human brain casts new light on the ancient mind-body problem and offers a radical revision of how we understand mind, feeling, consciousness, and the construction of cultures.
“Progress is never permanent, will always be threatened, must be redoubled, restated and reimagined if it is to survive.”
Applying the tenth of her ten rules of writing — “Resign yourself to the lifelong sadness that comes from never being satisfied.” — to life itself, Smith adds:
We will never be perfect: that is our limitation. But we can have, and have had, moments in which we can take genuine pride.
Nobel-Winning Physicist Niels Bohr on Subjective vs. Objective Reality and the Uses of Religion in a Secular World
“The fact that religions through the ages have spoken in images, parables, and paradoxes means simply that there are no other ways of grasping the reality to which they refer. But that does not mean that it is not a genuine reality. And splitting this reality into an objective and a subjective side won’t get us very far.”
Ursula K. Le Guin on Art, Storytelling, and the Power of Language to Transform and Redeem
“One of the functions of art is to give people the words to know their own experience… Storytelling is a tool for knowing who we are and what we want.”
An inventory of the meaningful life.
Maria Popova’s Brain Pickings
Today’s music video is Handle With Care and the song is performed here by the Supergroup The Traveling Wilburys.