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Reaching For Hearts

“‎The desire to reach the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise and most possible.”

~ Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou (1928-2014) was one of the most amazing women in American History. She was a poet, memoirist, essayist, and human rights activist. Most importantly, though, Angelou was a wise person who always strove to have a positive impact on those with whom she made contact. Continue reading “Reaching For Hearts”

Do You Have What It Takes To Be A Dreamer?

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”

~ Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman (1822-1913) was, above all else, a courageous and dedicated African-American woman. After escaping from slavery in the deep South, she became an activist abolitionist and humanitarian who used a series of safe houses, called the Underground Railroad, to rescue approximately 75 slaves to escape to freedom in the northern states and Canada. After the Civil War she worked to further the cause of female suffrage in the United States. Continue reading “Do You Have What It Takes To Be A Dreamer?”

Quit Complaining – It Changes Nothing!

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain.”

~ Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou, born Marguerite Annie Johnson (1928-2014), was an American author, poet and civil rights activist. This accomplished lady wore many different career hats throughout her lifetime and won many awards. She worked closely with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X in the US civil rights movement, during the 1960s, until their untimely deaths. She was one of just two poets honored to read one of her poems at a presidential inauguration ceremony. Robert Frost was the first at John F. Kennedy’s Inauguration in 1960, and Maya Angelou read at Bill Clinton’s twenty-three years later. Continue reading “Quit Complaining – It Changes Nothing!”

Do You Face The Sunshine?

“Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.”

~ Walt Whitman


This is sage advice from this 19th Century American poet. I like the imagery of sunshine and shadows that he utilized. Not to be taken literally, Whitman is providing solid direction about living one’s life in the present, rather than in the unchangeable past. Continue reading “Do You Face The Sunshine?”