5 Quotes In Remembrance of Martin Luther King Jr.

In remembrance of Martin Luther King Jr., I collected a small batch of his quotes– full of wisdom, hope and most importantly love for all man. His work and words will live on forever, because they made sense. Plain and simple, his message talks of the simplest things, respect and love in a world full of hate, violence and ignorance.

“Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.”
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I Believe…

A friend sent this via e-mail (I didn’t come up with it, and not sure if my friend did either). I liked a lot of the points made here, so thought I’d share it.

I Believe … that we don’t have to change friends if we understand that friends change.

I Believe … that no matter how good a friend is, they’re going to hurt you every once in awhile and you must forgive them for that.

I Believe … that true friendship continues to grow, even over the longest distance. Same goes for true love.
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Maximum Affection

Not sure how I happened on this blog, but I found a particular posting there really inspiring. I am glad to repost it and drop a link to The Daddy Factory.

I had the good fortune to see Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, at an event recently. He was receiving an honorary doctorate from a local college and I was an unlikely recipient of a ticket. A friend of mine — who, unlike myself, has actually practiced Buddhism — said, upon hearing this: “I pulled every possible string and pressed every Buddhist connection I have. How did you manage to do that?”“Karma?”

He didn’t think that was funny.
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Hug-Nation

A little while ago I added the “Free Hugs” video (which can still be seen in the Videos section of this blog) and today, just now, saw this other great story. I recommend you all to check it out and support what they are doing. Little by little, we can change the world, one hug at a time!

Caleb Shikles has passed on, as you will see when you click the links, but his grandson John Halcyon is carrying on with the effort that Caleb began.

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Or here to read the story and watch a video from Yahoo News

Few words, many smiles.

I don’t have many words either, and I was smiling nearly the whole time. The best way to describe this video is inspiring! Take 3 minutes and thirty-nine seconds of your time, please, and watch! Very good music to listen to, as well as the story playing out on the video.

The band is called Sick Puppies (don’t let that scare you, they’re quite mellow) and the song is “All The Same”. The story playing out is one man’s mission to give free hugs to those who want them. Amazing!

Compassion in Action

I try my best to point out the best in people, and who better to give proper credit to than my wife. Not only is she a great wife (and beautiful as the sun setting over Cape Cod Bay), great mother and friend, she is also a great and compassionate person. Last night she had a story to tell me when she got home from work.

A co-worker asked her to go to the front of the restaurant, while she went to get a manager for something. When she got to the front of the restaurant a woman was standing there. My wife asked her if someone had helped her and if she needed to be seated. The woman said the other girl, the co-worker, was going to get the manager and she had something to ask him.
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Oscar the Bodhisattva?

I read an interesting article this morning on CNN (the link is provided at the bottom). In Providence, Rhode Island there is a nursing home, Steere House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, that houses a cat in it’s dementia ward. The cat, Oscar, has a very bizarre connection with the coming of death for the patients in the nursing home.

So far there have been roughly 25 cases in which Oscar has gone into a patients room, laid down on their bed (curling up with them as well) and waited for their death. It seems he knows when they are going to pass, and they usually do.
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What’s been going on.

Well, life has been hectic yet again, but than again that’s the cycle of samsara, it keeps going and going. Anyway, a little bit of news and a quick message about an upcoming article.

You may or may not know already, but I am happily married to a wonderful woman and we have two great kids (one of them is from a previous relationship). We got some news this past weekend, and it looks like our family will be expanding yet again, we are having another child. While it was a bit of a shock, seeing as we had not planned it right now, we are still very excited. I feel lucky that I am able to bring another child into this life, especially since many unfortunately cannot. It’s reminded me yet again of the preciousness of life and how we need to embrace it whenever possible.
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