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"For my totem, the alley cat. We share the situation of small predators who easily become prey. I have my equivalent of claws and teeth, and indeed my arched back and loud hiss are my best defenses. When I need to hide my size and weakness, I can look fiercer than I am, but when I cannot talk or threaten or argue my way out of trouble, then I am in a lot of trouble. We are scavengers in the alleys and streets of a society we do not control and scarcely influence. We survive and perish both by taking lovers. Freedom is a daily necessity like water, and we love most loyally and longest those who allow us at least occasionally to vanish and wander the curious night. To them we always return from the eight deaths before the last."

from Braided Lives by Marge Piercy

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A Calendar of Wisdom: daily thoughts to nourish the soul

Title: A Calendar of Wisdom: daily thoughts to nourish the soul
By: Leo Tolstoy

Leo Tolstoy spent 15 years researching and “collecting the wisdom of the centuries” to create his Calendar of Wisdom, which was first published in 1904. He enjoyed reading it every day until the end of his life in 1910. After the Russian Revolution, publication of the book was forbidden because of its religious nature. In 1995, Russia again allowed the book to be published and the first English translation was published in 1997.

Although I’m not quite wise enough to imbibe daily, I do enjoy dipping into his calendar for a savory taste of wisdom now and then. In fact, I enjoy this book so much that I have gifted it to a number of friends and family, including myself. I highly recommend this exquisite opus. Check it out today!

“A wise thought for every day of the year, from the greatest philosophers of all times and all people.”

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Posted by Lamb on June 6, 2013 at 10:47 a.m.


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