New Moon Magic ~ May 2014

New Moon Magic ~ May 2014

May all your best wishes be seeded and spring to abundant life in the magic of this May New Moon….

Aho! And So It Is. Amen.

*****the power of a woman and a life well spent*****

Maya Angelou 1928 – 2014: Remembering a Champion for Peace and Justice

“Listen to yourself and in that quietude you might hear the voice of God.”
~ Maya Angelou,
Her final Tweet, May 23rd

Friends, we are sad to learn of Maya Angelou’s passing today. As her family posted in a statement: “She lived a life as a teacher, activist, artist and human being. She was a warrior for equality, tolerance and peace.” Indeed she was, and her many profound words of wisdom and life’s work will continue to teach and inspire us.

Below is a profound poem on peace she read at the United Nation’s 50th anniversary in 1995.
A Brave and Startling Truth

We, this people, on a small and lonely planet
Traveling through casual space
Past aloof stars, across the way of indifferent suns
To a destination where all signs tell us
It is possible and imperative that we learn
A brave and startling truth

And when we come to it
To the day of peacemaking
When we release our fingers
From fists of hostility
And allow the pure air to cool our palms

When we come to it
When the curtain falls on the minstrel show of hate
And faces sooted with scorn are scrubbed clean
When battlefields and coliseum
No longer rake our unique and particular sons and daughters
Up with the bruised and bloody grass
To lie in identical plots in foreign soil

When the rapacious storming of the churches
The screaming racket in the temples have ceased
When the pennants are waving gaily
When the banners of the world tremble
Stoutly in the good, clean breeze

When we come to it
When we let the rifles fall from our shoulders
And children dress their dolls in flags of truce
When land mines of death have been removed
And the aged can walk into evenings of peace
When religious ritual is not perfumed
By the incense of burning flesh
And childhood dreams are not kicked awake
By nightmares of abuse

When we come to it
Then we will confess that not the Pyramids
With their stones set in mysterious perfection
Nor the Gardens of Babylon
Hanging as eternal beauty
In our collective memory
Not the Grand Canyon
Kindled into delicious color
By Western sunsets

Nor the Danube, flowing its blue soul into Europe
Not the sacred peak of Mount Fuji
Stretching to the Rising Sun
Neither Father Amazon nor Mother Mississippi who, without favor,
Nurture all creatures in the depths and on the shores
These are not the only wonders of the world

When we come to it
We, this people, on this minuscule and kithless globe
Who reach daily for the bomb, the blade and the dagger
Yet who petition in the dark for tokens of peace
We, this people on this mote of matter
In whose mouths abide cankerous words
Which challenge our very existence
Yet out of those same mouths
Come songs of such exquisite sweetness
That the heart falters in its labor
And the body is quieted into awe

We, this people, on this small and drifting planet
Whose hands can strike with such abandon
That in a twinkling, life is sapped from the living
Yet those same hands can touch with such healing, irresistible tenderness
That the haughty neck is happy to bow
And the proud back is glad to bend
Out of such chaos, of such contradiction
We learn that we are neither devils nor divines

When we come to it
We, this people, on this wayward, floating body
Created on this earth, of this earth
Have the power to fashion for this earth
A climate where every man and every woman
Can live freely without sanctimonious piety
Without crippling fear

When we come to it
We must confess that we are the possible
We are the miraculous, the true wonder of this world
That is when, and only when
We come to it.

~Maya Angelou

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“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” ― Maya Angelou

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” ― Maya Angelou

Some days just come as a surprise – like the day Nelson “Madiba” Mandela died, 2013. Somehow I can see these two dancing up the stairway to heaven…. star spangled and glorious, diamonds in their eyes….

RIP Mama Maya Angelou…. we will Remember. Always. Aho!

“I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life. I’ve learned that making a “living” is not the same thing as making a “life.” I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back. I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one. I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn. I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
― Maya Angelou

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
― Maya Angelou

Mother’s Day 2014 – Blessed Be! love, love, love and more LOVE ♡

FiiFii and Me
It’s been 100 years since Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Mother’s Day a national celebration! To mark the occasion, we’ve rounded up 100 moving quotes about the most important lady in all of our lives: mom.

These missives come from all types of people, from authors and poets to politicians, actors, and celebrities, and from across a huge span of time. Some were recorded in the 18th century; others were uttered just last week. George Eliot and Edgar Allen Poe are quoted here; so are Tupac Shakur and even Snooki. They all have one thing in common: they know the importance of a mother.

  1. “All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” —Abraham Lincoln

  2. “I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.” —Abraham Lincoln

  3. “My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.” —George Washington

  4. “A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.” ―Washington Irving

  5. “Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.” —Robert Browning

  6. “Life began with waking up and loving my mother’s face.” —George Eliot

  7. “It’s a funny thing about mothers and fathers. Even when their own child is the most disgusting little blister you could ever imagine, they still think that he or she is wonderful.” —Roald Dahl

  8. “When you’re in the thick of raising your kids by yourself, you tend to keep a running list of everything you think you’re doing wrong. I recommend taking a lot of family pictures as evidence to the contrary.” —Connie Schultz

  9. “Kids don’t stay with you if you do it right. It’s the one job where, the better you are, the more surely you won’t be needed in the long run.” —Barbara Kingsolver

  10. “Mothers and their children are in a category all their own. There’s no bond so strong in the entire world. No love so instantaneous and forgiving.” —Gail Tsukiyama

  11. “The best place to cry is on a mother’s arms.” —Jodi Picoult

  12. “A mother is not a person to lean on, but a person to make leaning unnecessary.” —Dorothy Canfield Fisher

  13. “Mother’s love is bliss, is peace, it need not be acquired, it need not be deserved. If it is there, it is like a blessing; if it is not there it is as if all the beauty had gone out of life.” —Erich Fromm

  14. “If I have done anything in life worth attention, I feel sure that I inherited the disposition from my mother.” —Booker T. Washington

  15. “There’s no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one.” —Jill Churchill

  16. “I realized when you look at your mother, you are looking at the purest love you will ever know.” —Mitch Albom

  17. “Everybody wants to save the Earth; nobody wants to help Mom do the dishes.” —P.J. O’Rourke

  18. “Being a mother is an attitude, not a biological relation.” —Robert A. Heinlein

  19. “If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands?” —Milton Berle

  20. “Most mothers are instinctive philosophers.” —Harriet Beecher Stowe

  21. “To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power. Or the climbing, falling colors of a rainbow.” —Maya Angelou
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  22. “The phrase ‘working mother’ is redundant.” —Jane Sellman

  23. “[A] mother is one to whom you hurry when you are troubled.” —Emily Dickinson

  24. “A mother’s arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them.” —Victor Hugo

  25. “Youth fades; love droops; the leaves of friendship fall; A mother’s secret hope outlives them all.” —Oliver Wendell Holmes

  26. “Whatever else is unsure in this stinking dunghill of a world a mother’s love is not.” —James Joyce

  27. “My mother had a slender, small body, but a large heart—a heart so large that everybody’s joys found welcome in it, and hospitable accommodation.” —Mark Twain

  28. “My mother was a reader, and she read to us. She read us Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde when I was six and my brother was eight; I never forgot it.” —Stephen King
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  29. “Love as powerful as your mother’s for you leaves its own mark … to have been loved so deeply .. will give us some protection forever.” —J.K. Rowling

  30. “It has been a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. My mom says some days are like that.” —Judith Viorst in Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

  31. “When they’ve finished reading, Olivia’s mother gives her a kiss and says, ‘You know, you really wear me out. But I love you anyway.’ And Olivia gives her a kiss back and says, ‘I love you anyway too.’” —Ian Falconer in Olivia

  32. “My mother was the one constant in my life. When I think about my mom raising me alone when she was 20, and working and paying the bills, and, you know, trying to pursue your own dreams, I think is a feat that is unmatched.” —Barack Obama

  33. “[My mom] had this amazing attitude in the face of everything, including when she got cancer.” —Bill Clinton

  34. “I unapologetically and unabashedly am deeply biased toward my mother.” —Chelsea Clinton

  35. “My mother … had a very deep inner spirituality that allowed her to rebuild her life. It’s extraordinary that she had such a strong sense of self and such a commitment to the future and such a strong creative sense that she could build new worlds for herself and for us out of the total devastation in her life.” —Caroline Kennedy

  36. “I tell my kids, ‘I am thinking about you every other minute of my day.’” —Michelle Obama

  37. “I’m still amazed at how my mother emerged from her lonely early life as such an affectionate and levelheaded woman.” —Hillary Clinton

  38. “My parents elected me president of the family when I was 4. We actually had an election every year and I always won. I’m an only child, and I could count on my mother’s vote.” —Condoleezza Rice

  39. “A mother’s arms are more comforting than anyone else’s.” —Princess Diana

  40. “[Motherhood is] the biggest gamble in the world. It is the glorious life force. It’s huge and scary–it’s an act of infinite optimism.” —Gilda Radner

  41. “When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.” —Sophia Loren

  42. “My mother is my root, my foundation. She planted the seed that I base my life on, and that is the belief that the ability to achieve starts in your mind.” —Michael Jordan

  43. “Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother.” —Oprah Winfrey

  44. “Mama was my greatest teacher, a teacher of compassion, love and fearlessness. If love is sweet as a flower, then my mother is that sweet flower of love.” —Stevie Wonder

  45. “Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials.” —Meryl Streep

  46. “She raised us with humor, and she raised us to understand that not everything was going to be great—but how to laugh through it.” —Liza Minnelli (on mom Judy Garland)

  47. “I don’t know if I feel like a bad mom, but at the end of the day I’m always plagued with, did I do enough? Should I go in a different direction? But I also know that my entire life revolves around [my son] Louis.” —Sandra Bullock

  48. “It’s not easy being a mother. If it were easy, fathers would do it.” —Dorothy on The Golden Girls

  49. “If I were hanged on the highest hill / Mother o’ mine, O mother o’ mine! / I know whose love would follow me still / Mother o’ mine, O mother o’ mine!” —Rudyard Kipling

  50. “Because I feel that, in the Heavens above / The angels, whispering to one another, / Can find, among their burning terms of love / None so devotional as that of ‘Mother’” —Edgar Allen Poe

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