Mojo Monday ~ Quotable

There are so many quotes that I love that I am sure I could fill a book with them. So when I thought about writing a post for Mojo Monday on quotes I realized I needed to perhaps fine tune what I wanted to share. In effort to do so I thought I would focus on one writer/artist who I find to be incredibly quotable ~ Mary Anne Radmacher.
Here are several of her shorter quotes:
courage… courage doesn’t always roar. sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “i will try again tomorrow.”

yes! it takes courage to act upon your dreams.
perserve. plan. strategize. focus. breathe. write. let go. forgive. relax. all this failing… take a nap.
the jump is so frightening between where i am and where i want to be… because of all i may become i will close my eyes and leap!
a key to a vital life is an eagerness to learn and a willingness to change.
Here are a few longer quotes:
because i call it challenge rather than crisis; because i look at hardship as opportunity instead of obstacle; because at the end of a matter, i ask, “what will i learn from this to make me better?”; because i take a deep breath and do the difficult thing first; because my courage does not depend on the weather, the economic forecast or the winds of whim; because i know the most significant elements in my day are laughter, learning and applying my finest efforts to each endeavor; because of these things each morning is a pleasure and every day passed is a success.
all i know is… you can get there from here. you can. you can walk through the fear. travel past what is gone before. wake up! wake up and get up on the other side. dare to become that of your dreams. dare! dare to believe in your own possibility.
wishes. i wish for you the color that you bring forth in others to greatly rise within you. i wish you your own best strength. i wish you always loved ones at your side. i wish you desired possibilities before you and contentment behind you. i wish you the beginnings of all your dreams and many of the ends. i wish you peace.
Mary Anne Radmacher is on Facebook and has a website.

Do you have some favorite quotes?

Is there a particular writer whose words you find to be quotable.

Mojo Monday ~ Earth the Perfect Place

The above card is one I received from my mom long ago, possibly even 20 years ago. The message is one that really resonated with me, a short and simple list of things that make life sweet, a list of things to make one feel grateful to be living here on planet Earth.

Now and again I take the time to write out my own list.


Earth ~
the perfect place
to create,
paint,
write,
practice loving other people,
and forgiving,
sing,
pet cuddly soft kittens,
speak one’s truth,
nap,
travel
rock out,
float in water,
soak up the sun,
hold hands,
shine!

What would you include on your list? Please share…

Mojo Monday ~ Music

 “The discovery of song and the creation of musical instruments both owed their origin to a human impulse which lies much deeper than conscious intention: the need for rhythm in life… the need is a deep one, transcending thought, and disregarded at our peril.” ~Richard Baker
According to Wikipedia “The word music comes from the Greek mousikê (tekhnê) by way of the Latin musica. It is ultimately derived from mousa, the Greek word for muse.
In ancient Greece, the word mousike was used to mean any of the arts or sciences governed by the Muses. Later, in Rome, ars musica embraced poetry as well as instrument-oriented music.
While we may be happy to just think about music in terms of the latest song we just downloaded or singing along to the radio while driving, the truth is that music is able to do a lot more than just entertain us.
According to the eMed Expert web page music affects us in a variety of ways and can even promote health. Their list states that music is capable of doing six things:
1. Music heals
There are even organizations like Music that Heals and Music to Heal that provide musical entertainment to patients in hospitals and clinics. Dr. Fred J. Epstein, a world-renowned neurosurgeon states that “There is little question that music is therapeutic. I have become a ‘believer’ only through first-hand observation of what music has done for so many of my patients. I have seen children who were lethargic become wakeful, I have seen others who were suffering from enormous anxiety over impending surgery become upbeat. I support with pleasure efforts to raise funds to provide live performances to children afflicted with serious and life-threatening disease.”
2. Music even makes you smarter
“The idea that music makes you smarter received considerable attention from scientists and the media. Listening to music or playing an instrument can actually make you learn better. And research confirms this.”
3. Music improves physical performance
4. Music helps to work more productively
“Listening to upbeat music can be a great way to find some extra energy” and “According to a report in the journal Neuroscience of Behavior and Physiology, a person’s ability to recognize visual images, including letters and numbers, is faster when either rock or classical music is playing in the background.”
5. Music calms, relaxes and helps to sleep
6. Music improves mood and decreases depression
“Music’s ability to “heal the soul” is the stuff of legend in every culture. Many people find that music lifts their spirits. Modern research tends to confirm music’s psychotherapeutic benefits. Bright, cheerful music (e.g. Mozart, Vivaldi, bluegrass, Klezmer, Salsa, reggae) is the most obvious prescription for the blues.”

What are some of your favorite songs?

Do you have favorites for exercising and others for relaxing?

Some people even have favorite songs to listen to when they’re sad. How about you?

Mojo Monday ~ Women’s Equality Day * August 26th


On August 26, 1920 Congress passed the 19th Amendment and women finally obtained the right to vote. The 19th amendment states “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.”

The passage of the 19th Amendment was due to the many women and men who worked diligently within the Women’s Suffrage movement. A powerful film that captures a small segment of time within the movement is called Iron Jawed Angels.

Here is a clip from the film.

In 1971, Rep Bella Abzug led the effort in Congress to officially designate August 26 as Women’s Equality Day.

According to the website of the National Women’s History Project (nwhp.org/resourcecenter/equalityday.php):

“The observance of Women’s Equality Day not only commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment, but also calls attention to women’s continuing efforts toward full equality. Workplaces, libraries, organizations, and public facilities now participate with Women’s Equality Day programs, displays, video showings, or other activities.”

WOMEN’S EQUALITY DAY
This resolution passed in 1971, designating August 26 of each year Women’s Equality Day:

WHEREAS, the women of the United States have been treated as second-class citizens and have not been entitled the full rights and privileges, public or private, legal or institutional, which are available to male citizens of the United States; and

WHEREAS, the women of the United States have united to assure that these rights and privileges are available to all citizens equally regardless of sex; and

WHEREAS, the women of the United States have designated August 26, the anniversary date of the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, as symbol of the continued fight for equal rights: and

WHEREAS, the women of United States are to be commended and supported in their organizations and activities,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, that August 26th of each year is designated as Women’s Equality Day, and the President is authorized and requested to issue a proclamation annually in commemoration of that day in 1920, on which the women of America were first given the right to vote, and that day in 1970, on which a
nationwide demonstration for women’s rights took place.

Consider doing something special to celebrate Women’s Equality Day this Thursday, August 26th.
  
Share what you plan to do or return after Thursday and leave a comment sharing what you did.

What are your thoughts about women’s equality?

Had you already seen the movie Iron Jawed Angels? Did it have any impact on you?  Did it change the way you thought about voting?