Inspired to Follow. Inspired to Lead. Inspired to Live.

Today I celebrate civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and our President of the United States of America, Barack Obama.

I honor my heritage by discovering, exploring, shaping, embracing, and sharing my true identity with myself, my family, my friends, my community, and my planet.

How do you honor your heritage?

Wisdom and Whimsy: Cooling Collections of Quotes

Ms. Fortunes

Ms. Fortunes

The following wise and whimsical quotes from fortune cookies or tokens from tea bags have been collecting on my fridge for eight years:

Live well. Laugh often. Love much. The Emersonism my ever thoughtful sister-in-law crafted upon a handmade tile magnet.

“Live for each other.” ~Yogi Bhajan (Yogi Tea)

“One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.” ~William Shakespeare (Granola boxtop–inspired band’s name)

[Image of small bee] Do not dwell on differences with a loved one. Try to compromise. (fortune cookie, probably from George’s)

“The wisest follow their own direction.” ~Euripides (old Celestial Seasonings magnet)

“Lord, help me become the person my Dog thinks I am.” ~Dawn Ewing (gifted magnet)

Life is good. Do what you like. Like what you do. (brand tag I made into a magnet)

“Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.” ~Booker T. Washington (Good Earth tea bag)

It must be home-grown. (prefab’d fortune cookie)

“Say it straight, simple, and with a smile.” (Yogi Tea)

[Image of small rose] You will always be surrounded by true friends. (fortune cookie, probably George’s)

Vegetable: Shu-cai (Chinese, fortune cookie)

“One can never creep when one feels an impulse to soar.” ~Helen Keller

Delight the world with kindness, grace, and compassion. (Yogi Tea; I might name my bags)

You will step on the soil of many countries. (my favorite fortune)

Ok, now I am putting them all back on the fridge. 🙂

Adventures in Liberal Yakima: Pleasantly Surprised

Progressive Yakima

I’ve just moved back to the Yakima Valley after bouncing around the world for eighteen years. I’m eager to connect with a forward-thinking community, so I’m digging into the local culture to see what I can find. After a week of tracking Yakima news via the internet, I’m pleasantly surprised with Yakima’s growth and potential.

1) I stopped in at the Unitarian Church on Sunday and felt very welcome and comfortable. Tonight I’ll be attending their meditation group (every Tuesday at 7:00pm), and I’m also looking forward to checking out their social justice action group.

2) And a friend of mine pointed me toward this article from, which cites Yakima as the best place for new jobs this spring. With a 21% growth in employment, we apparently have the best employment outlook in the country. Who knew?!?

3) I’m sad to have missed Lisa Ling last month, but…

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