Ralph Waldo Emerson

“To laugh often and much,

to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children,

to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends,

to appreciate beauty,

to find the best in others,

to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition;

to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded!”
–Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Not illegals

Not welcome ... Scott Morrison,  member for Cook.

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said this week that our country needs to start “calling a spade a spade”.

And that means his department will no longer be using the term ‘asylum seekers’ to refer to those who try and come to Australia by boat, fleeing persecution in their home countries.

Instead, these people will be called ‘illegals’.

Well, Minister Morrison, we think we’ll join you in this “calling a spade a spade” caper and say this:

You sir, are wrong.

As we all know too well, it is not illegal to seek asylum in Australia. Australia is a signatory to the UN Refugee Convention and that means refugees have a right to enter our country without authorisation for the purpose of seeking asylum.

Our country’s signature on that document means that behaviour that would normally be ‘illegal’ is permitted. Permitted as in legal. As in, okay by us. As in, within the bounds of the law. As in, not ‘illegal’ at all.

But Mr Morrison hasn’t just got it wrong legally, but also morally.

http://www.mamamia.com.au/news/calling-asylum-seekers-illegals-is-not-calling-a-spade-a-spade/?utm_source=edm&utm_medium=mc&utm_campaign=daily

Teachings on Love

“Through my love for you, I want to express my love for the whole cosmos, the whole of humanity, and all beings. By living with you, I want to learn to love everyone and all species. If I succeed in loving you, I will be able to love everyone and all species on Earth… This is the real message of love.”
― Thích Nhất HạnhTeachings on Love

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born in Thừa Thiên Huế , Viet Nam October 11, 1926
gender: male
website: http://www.plumvillage.org/
genre: Religion & Spirituality, Buddhism, Zen
influences: Zen Buddhism, Maman S. Mahayana

Thích Nhất Hạnh is a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, teacher, author, poet and peace activist who now lives in southwest France where he was in exile for many years.

Born Nguyễn Xuân Bảo, Thích Nhất Hạnh joined a Zen (Vietnamese: Thiền) monastery at the age of 16, and studied Buddhism as a novitiate. Upon his ordination as a monk in 1949, he assumed the Dharma name Thích Nhất Hạnh. Thích is an honorary family name used by all Vietnamese monks and nuns, meaning that they are part of the Shakya (Shakyamuni Buddha) clan.

He is often considered the most influential living figure in the lineage of Lâm Tế (Vietnamese Rinzai) Thiền, and perhaps also in Zen Buddhism as a whole.

His best-selling books include Happiness and Being Peace.

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/9074.Th_ch_Nh_t_H_nh

Save Nicole

Ela –

This is just incredible. Thank you.

So far 25,000 of you have signed the petition asking Barry O’Farrell to fix the problem that has left me waiting six months for urgent stomach cancer surgery — and has left many others in the same position.

The Sydney Morning Herald have just published a story about what’s happening — including the huge amount of support coming in for the campaign. You can read the article online by clicking here — can you then share it with friends and family to help keep spreading the word?

Thanks again for all you’re doing.

It means so much to me and all our family.

Nicole.

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http://www.change.org/savenicole

Thomas Keneally

Whoever saves one life, saves the world entire.

– Thomas Keneally

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born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia,  October 07, 1935

gender: male
Thomas Michael Keneally, AO (born 7 October 1935) is an Australian novelist, playwright and author of non-fiction. He is best known for writing Schindler’s Ark, the Booker Prize winning novel of 1982 which was inspired by the efforts of Poldek Pfefferberg, a Holocaust survivor. The book would later be adapted to Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture.

Life and career

Born in Sydney, Keneally was educated at St Patrick’s College, Strathfield, where a writing prize was named after him. He entered St Patrick’s Seminary, Manly to train as a Catholic priest but left before his ordination. He worked as a Sydney schoolteacher before his success as a novelist, and he was a lecturer at the University of New England (1968–70). He has also written screenplays, memoirs and non-fiction books.

Keneally was known as “Mick” until 1964 but began using the name Thomas when he started publishing, after advice from his publisher to use what was really his first name. He is most famous for his Schindler’s Ark (1982) (later republished as Schindler’s List), which won the Booker Prize and is the basis of the film Schindler’s List. Many of his novels are reworkings of historical material, although modern in their psychology and style.

Keneally has also acted in a handful of films. He had a small role in The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (based on his novel) and played Father Marshall in the Fred Schepisi movie, The Devil’s Playground (1976) (not to be confused with a similarly-titled documentary by Lucy Walker about the Amish rite of passage called rumspringa).

In 1983 he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO). He is an Australian Living Treasure.

He is a strong advocate of the Australian republic, meaning the severing of all ties with the British monarchy, and published a book on the subject Our Republic in 1993. Several of his Republican essays appear on the web site of the Australian Republican Movement.

Keneally is a keen supporter of rugby league football, in particular the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles club of the NRL. He made an appearance in the 2007 rugby league drama film The Final Winter.

In March 2009, the Prime Minister of Australia, Kevin Rudd, gave an autographed copy of Keneally’s Lincoln biography to President Barack Obama as a state gift.

Most recently Thomas Keneally featured as a writer in the critically acclaimed Australian drama, “Our Sunburnt Country”.

Thomas Keneally’s nephew Ben is married to the former NSW Premier, Kristina Keneally.

Dog

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When God had made the earth and sky,
The flowers and the trees.

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He then made all the animals,
The fish, the birds and bees.

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And when at last He’d finished,
Not one was quite the same.
He said, “I’ll walk this world of mine,
And give each one a name.”
And so He traveled far and wide

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And everywhere He went,
A little creature followed Him
Until its strength was spent.
When all were named upon the earth
And in the sky and sea,

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The little creature said, “Dear Lord,
There’s not one left for me.”
Kindly the Father said to him,
“I’ve left you to the end.
I’ve turned my own name back to front
And called you dog, my friend.”

~ Author Unknown ~

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Confucius

Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.

– Confucius

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born in Qufu, China

gender: male
genre: Philosophy
influences: Zhou Era Chinese Thought
Confucius was a Chinese thinker and social philosopher, whose teachings and philosophy have deeply influenced Chinese, Korean, Japanese, and Vietnamese thought and life.孔子 – Kong Zi
孔夫子 – Kong Fuzi (Kung Fu-Tzu)

His family was poor and in his youth he tended livestock but in later years, he had many disciples and served for a time as the Minister of Crime.

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15321.Confucius