Labor Day Inspirations and Information

It’s a U.S. holiday called Labor Day created to honor and recognize the American Labor Movement. And this is a short video (two and a half minutes) of Labor Day Inspirations and Information. The transcript is below TRANSCRIPT Though President Grover Cleveland declared Labor Day a national holiday in 1894, the occasion was first observed on Sept. 5, 1882, in New York City. Brendan I. Koerner Labor is the fabled magician’s wand, the philosophers stone, and the cap of good fortune. James Weldon Johnson. All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity. Martin Luther King, Jr. The First Labor Day Parade According to Ted Watt’s ‘The First Labor Day Parade,’ the September Read more at According to Ted Watt’s ‘The First Labor Day Parade,’ the September date was chosen because it coincided with a Knights of Labor conference in New York, thus guaranteeing a sizable turnout for the festivities. Brendan I. Koerner Labor Day is devoted to no man, living or dead, to no sect, race or nation.      Samuel Gompers Without labor nothing prospers. Sophocles An Official Holiday In 1887, Oregon became the first state to make Labor Day an official holiday, with Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York quickly […]

Random Acts of Love May Save Your Country

In the United States of America, the news (print and electronic) says our country is in trouble. We’ve become so terribly, angrily divided by politics. Memes and click-bait stories scream inflammatory headlines. The computer and mobile phone cushion us from consequences. We say things out of anger and frustration or fear without thinking about the legacy those words leave behind. Random acts of love may be our only hope. Those inflammatory headlines and the anger, frustration, and fear I’ve witnessed in the past few years inspired me to make this month’s theme Random Acts of Love. Read the first post, Random Acts of Love and then the second one, Inspirational Random Acts of Love. I don’t know what your political persuasion is. And frankly, I don’t care. I care about you and about this country as both exist outside of politics. So when I read Dr. Karlyn Borysenko’s post on Medium, After Attending a Trump Rally, I Realized Democrats Aren’t Ready for 2020 , I knew I had to include it today. The lesson she learned is one I’ve been trying to practice and promote. Most people are good-hearted folk. They might disagree about politics or gender or religion but […]

Holiday Quotes to Get You in the Spirit

December holidays are plentiful and different and yet… they each offer more than shopping, and gift getting, and partying. No matter which day you celebrate, here are some holiday quotes to get you in the spirit. Happy Bodhi Day A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity. Buddha Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared. Buddha Happy Kwanzaa Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” African Proverb Happy Hanukkah “To me every hour of the light and dark is a miracle, every cubic inch of space is a miracle.” – Walt Whitman  “At this time of year, when the sun is most hidden, the holiday of Hanukkah celebrates the rays of hope and light. Often, it is through simple and unrecognized miracles that we are able to feel the warmth of hope and light.”~ Rafael Goldstein “A candle is a small thing. But one candle can […]