vm: Sherman Alexie

sherman-alexie

This week we celebrate the birthday of Sherman Alexie, who says, “I don’t know what any individual should do…I  only know that I live a happier, more adventurous life, by crossing borders.” So may ~read more~

vm: Laura Esquivel

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This week we celebrate the birthday of Laura Esquivel, who wrote, “Each of us is born with a box of matches inside us but we can’t strike them all by ourselves.” So may ~read more~

vm: Ani DiFranco

Ani DiFranco

This week we celebrate the birthday of Ani DiFranco, who sings, “the world owes me nothing And we owe each other the world.” So may ~read more~

vm: Anna Deavere Smith

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This week we celebrate the birthday of Anna Deavere Smith, who said, “Listening is not just hearing what someone tells you word for word. You have to  listen with a heart. I don’t want that to sound touchy-feely; it is not. It is  very hard work.” So may ~read more~

vm: Oscar Arias Sanchez

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This week we celebrate the birthday of Oscar Arias Sanchez, who reminds us, “Peace is a never ending process… It cannot ignore our differences or overlook  our common interests. It requires us to work and live together.” So may ~read more~

vm: Seamus Heaney

This week we celebrate the life of Seamus Heaney (13 April 1939 – 30 August 2013), who wrote, “once in a lifetime The longed-for tidal wave Of justice can rise up, And hope and history rhyme.” So may ~read more~

vm: Ogden Nash

Ogden Nash

This week we celebrate the birthday of Ogden Nash, who cautions, “Oh, what a tangled web do parents weave when they think that their children are naive.” So may ~read more~

vm: Kathleen Battle

Kathleen Battle

This week we celebrate the birthday of Kathleen Battle, who said, “I hear music that comes out of need, out of grief, sorrow, suffering and out of  overcoming these things, as well. That journey to freedom still goes on today.  It’s an incremental change, the culmination of many events in your own life and  the lives of your children and grandchildren.” So may ~read more~

vm: Lucille Ball

Lucille Ball

This week we celebrate the birthday of Lucille Ball, who said, “I’m not funny. What I am is brave.” So may ~read more~

vm: Bharati Mukherjee

Bharati Mukherjee

This week we celebrate the birthday of Bharati Mukherjee, who insists, “I am an American, not an Asian-American. My rejection of hyphenation has been  called race treachery, but it is really a demand that America deliver the  promises of its dream to all its citizens equally.” So may ~read more~

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