Monthly Archives: April 2008

We’re Cruisin’


April ends with birthdays and pollen,

God Bless You. 

Things got heated,

I broke my vow,

so the A/C is on. 

But the sun is out before six,

 and the Suns were out before May.

That’s Amare.

now Legoland,

and the PCH.

And then,



we’re cruisin’ 


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Thought for the Day

One of Gandhi’s most illuminating observations was that,

“there is more to life than increasing its speed”.




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Name That Speaker

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I stumbled on some caustic quotes that just have to be addressed. As President Bush puts it, just “who’s with us and who’s against us?”

We simply have to rid ourselves of those that won’t tow the party line, right?

This guy should get creamed by those moral stalwarts at Fox; O’Reilly, Hannity and Greta, after spewing such anti-American speech. Check it out…

“I could never again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed… .without having first spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today – my own government.”

Can you guess the speaker?

Jeremiah Wright from his pulpit? nope.

Louis Farrakhan addressing Al Queda? wrong again.

Malcolm X at a Black Panther rally? sorry.

Surprise. It was a no-doubt frustrated, passionate, desperate Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

It should go without saying that he cared deeply for the oppressed, he was willing to take on all injustice, and he wasn’t afraid to ruffle the status quo….

Like he did in this next quote, talking about those that loved the goal, but not the method of action toward change….in other words, perhaps apathy and the status quo were among his most difficult hurdles…

“I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in the stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Council or the Ku Klux Klan, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to ‘order’ than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: ‘I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action’; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for someone else’s freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time.”


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Penn Center in South Carolina


 Penn Center, was founded in 1862 as one of the country’s first schools for freed slaves and used more than 100 years later by Dr. King as a retreat center for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

“I am still searching myself, I don’t have all the answers,” Dr. King told his staff at Penn in 1966, when they were discussing the next step for the organization, according to transcripts of tapes.


 Penn also offered a chance to unwind. Dr. King relaxed under the oak trees and played baseball. Joan Baez played the guitar for a group singalong.


On Wednesday,  Thomas C. Barnwell Jr., 72, who was in charge of community development at Penn, gathered behind the campus museum with two other former staff members, Frieda R. Mitchell, 82, and Joseph McDomick, 72, to reminisce.


Ms. Mitchell, a pioneer in early childhood education and one of the first black school board members in Beaufort County (the other was also a Penn staff member), said she was determined to ask Dr. King one question:

“How can you tell me to love people who treat me as if I were not human?”

“I will never forget” his response, she said. “He said we are created in God’s image. So you love the image of God in that person.” She added: “I don’t know if I was able to use that, to apply that, in all different situations. But I always remembered it.”


Dr. King stayed here for the last time in 1967, just a few months before his death. He slept in a tiny, almost rudimentary cottage on the edge of the campus.

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I Have a Dream (1963)

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