1. i thank You God for most this amazing
    day:for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
    and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything
    which is natural which is infinite which is yes

    (i who have died am alive again today,
    and this is the sun’s birthday; this is the birth
    day of life and of love and wings: and of the gay
    great happening illimitably earth)

    how should tasting touching hearing seeing
    breathing any—lifted from the no
    of all nothing—human merely being
    doubt unimaginable You?

    (now the ears of my ears awake and
    now the eyes of my eyes are opened)

    - e. e. cummings

     
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Happy Presidents’ Day! 

    Happy Presidents’ Day! 

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  3. The Marriage Prop

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    We wanted to run something on Prop 8, as it’s called, one of the most notorious miscarriages of democracy in the ongoing disaster that is our state’s referendum system. Audrey Bilger, who teaches Victorian literature at Claremont McKenna College and who has closely followed the passage of the proposition and the legal challenges that overturned it, agreed. Bilger wrote some months ago for us about Jane Austen [here], the writer who perfected the marriage plot, and Austen’s continuing fascination for readers today. The story of Prop 8, Bilger says, is no less compelling as narrative, and although the trial transcripts and supporting documents weigh in at roughly twice the poundage of Austen’s collected works, she argues they make just as rewarding reading.

         — Tom Lutz

    AUDREY BILGER

    As Proposition 8, my home state of California’s ban on same-sex marriage, makes its way through the courts, it leaves behind a trail of documents that will be required reading for anyone who wants to understand American democracy at the dawn of the twenty-first century. Now that Prop 8 has been declared unconstitutional for the second time and the Perry case may be headed to the Supreme Court, we can pause to take stock of this work-in-progress. The Prop 8 trial is, in fact, one of the greatest stories of our time.

    I have a personal interest in following this tale even though I won’t be directly affected by its outcome. I cringe whenever I hear a politician intone that “marriage is between a man and a woman,” implying that marriages like mine are a sham, but my marriage remains legal here, as one of the 18,000 unions that were grandfathered in after the passage of the marriage ban. I was fortunate enough to be able to marry the woman I love, my then-partner of twelve years, during the 143-day period in 2008 when California affirmed the fundamental right of marriage for its lesbian and gay citizens. When all is said and done, the Prop 8 saga is about love, and we can only hope that as at the end of a Shakespearean comedy, obstacles, confusion, and misunderstandings will be swept away, and the marriage celebrations will begin.

    But we shouldn’t ignore, or forget, those obstacles or misunderstandings: they’re part of the story, too. Indeed, I was surprised by how deeply satisfying I found reading the thousands of pages of legal proceedings. As an exercise in democratic citizenship, it sharpened my sense of how social change can take place through the courts and made me hopeful for the future. In everything I’ve written on the trial for Ms. magazine, the underlying message has been that everyone should read the record, and I urge you, too, to read for yourselves the unfolding pages of history.

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  6. Are you motivated by fear?
    Are you motivated by ego?
    Are you motivated by anger?

    If not, carry on.

     
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  10. You do not need to be loved, not at the cost of yourself. The single relationship that is truly central and crucial in a life is the relationship to the self. Of all the people you will know in a lifetime, you are the only one you will never lose.
    — Jo Coudert 

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  11. I cannot fix on the hour, or the spot, or the look, or the words, which laid the foundation. It is too long ago. I was in the middle before I knew that I had begun.
    — Jane Austen (via inbedallday)
     
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  13. It is by studying little things, that we attain the great art of having as little misery, and as much happiness as possible.
    — Samuel Johnson 

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  14. Wayne Thiebaud

    Wayne Thiebaud

     
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