There are many versions of this song and it is often quoted, Most recently I saw it mentioned in John Lewis' book Across the Bridge. It is my absolute go to song for hard times. Although many singers have recorded it, Sam Cooke's version remains my favorite.
So get up, dance and let your light shine. The world needs it.
9. We are all in the same boat. While not everyone is as upset with the current president as you are, the social unrest he’s created has just about every citizen longing for peaceful times and less stress. Sometimes, the very people who decide a certain ne’er-do-well is in their best interest to employ, decide that he’s outlasted his usefulness and give him the old heave-ho. When they say “Every dog will have his day,” that’s what they mean.
8. The constitution. It has held up through war, social unrest, devious criminals, gerrymandering, Supreme Court shenanigans, assassinations, civil war, and is still standing strong. While numerous political factions have tried to manipulate its precepts, and lawmakers and lawbreakers alike have defied it, the protections, checks, and balances laid out in that precious document have held fast and kept a million awful things from happening. And it still is.
7. The uncertainty principle. (Not the one by Heisenberg) Robert Burns wrote “The best laid schemes o' mice an' men / Gang aft a-gley.” And what he means (I think) is that those who think they’ve got it all figured out, rarely do. Yeah, it seems like a great party to throw all rules and established procedures for running a government out the window and do things “off the cuff,” until the very crises and dilemmas for which these procedures were created crop up and BAM! Suddenly you’re the laughing stock of the world. No matter how the current kakistocracy tries to spin the Covid-19 pandemic and resultant economic crash, there’s no way to escape their culpability in our downfall. Trump OWNS this mess and everyone knows it.
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Lavender oil has been used for thousands of years, all the way back to the pharos in Egypt who insisted the oils extracted from the Lavandula angustifolia plant be incorporated into their massages and baths and it was also included in the mixes used during the mummification process. Legend claims that Cleopatra used lavender to seduce Julius Cesar and Mark Antony. During the middle ages it was used widely in Europe to fend off evil spirits and many royals would insist in having bouquets of lavender in their sleeping quarters as protection against harmful energy.
In addition to its amazing fragrance lavender offers many benefits such as improved sleep, moods and memory, pain relief, healing skin damage caused by burns and has also proven effective as an antiseptic and insecticide.
Whether you decide to grow it or procure it in one of its many forms such as essential oil, dried up in sachets, tea, candy and even ice cream I believe you will find that the pungent scent awakens all your senses and makes you come alive.
Joe Ward is our latest contributor. He is a retired high school teacher and librarian. He taught film as part of his Literature class along with Government and Behavioral Science. He also is a serial entrepreneur. He successfully developed and sold two software companies. He says...
The original 13 colonies were tired of a government in England that taxed them and controlled them from afar and have them no input into their own destinies. I’m betting that’s not dissimilar from what you feel at times?
Aren’t there things that are taxing your strength and controlling your thoughts that you could do without?
Here are a few things I’m declaring my independence from... Click to Read More
I keep a stack of books near my bed that I have gathered to read in the near future. I always read for a few minutes after I go to bed.
If the book is spellbinding, I sometimes continue to read long into the wee hours of the morning.
Reading never fails to move me away from the trials and tribulations of the day towards tranquility and slumber. It is a small comfort that I can count on everyday. No matter what has happened during my waking hours, I can retire to that small pleasure.
What small comforts do you count on in your day?
Well, all these virtues and more are effortlessly displayed in elegant polish in Michael Malone’s “Handling Sin.” At once, a book of vibrant characters, picturesque scenery, and action-packed forward motion, this novel grabs your attention in an instant and drags you helplessly, frantically, happily onward through chapter upon chapter. Malone’s cast of characters is more than believable, they’re so real you feel sad that you know it’s fiction—you want to meet them, join their adventures, attend their family reunions! It’s a real let down when the book finally has to end. But, oh, is it worth the ride!
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