Prejudices and Proof

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It is never too late to give up our prejudices. No way of thinking or doing, however ancient, can be trusted without proof.

Waldon by Henry David Thoreau

Resignation and Desperation

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The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation.

Waldon by Henry David Thoreau

The Tyrant of Self

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Public opinion is a weak tyrant compared with our own private opinion. What a man thinks of himself, that it is which determines, or rather indicates, his fate.

Waldon by Henry David Thoreau

Delicate Bloom of Self

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The finest qualities of our nature, like the bloom on fruits, can be preserved only by the most delicate handling. Yet we do not treat ourselves nor one another thus tenderly.

Waldon by Henry David Thoreau

Dainty Ladies, Civil War and Thanksgiving

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“Never underestimate dainty little ladies.”

Thank You Sarah, written by Laurie Halse Anderson and illustrated by Matt Faulkner

“Whenever Sarah found a spare moment, she wrote. But this time it wasn’t for the thrill of seeing her work in print – it was to keep her family from starving. Soon Boston magazines began to feature Sarah’s writing. Much to Sarah’s delight, with many publications came payment.”

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“Sarah made sure Ladies’ Magazine was different. She published articles on history and science and new schools for women.”

“When Lincoln received Sarah’s letter, the nation was in the middle of a civil war. Lincoln understood that sometimes it was hard to remember good things in bad times. People needed a day to be thankful for food on their tables, roofs over their heads, and the blessings in their lives. Thanksgiving was exactly what this nation needed.”

Sarah Gives Thanks, written by Mike Allegra and illustrated by David Gardner

 

The Literary “I”

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I should not talk so much about myself if there were anybody else whom I knew as well. Unfortunately, I am confined to this theme by the narrowness of my experience.

Waldon by Henry David Thoreau

Body Pride and Ink

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At the age of twenty-one, I got my first tattoo. I drove to Rhode Island with two of my friends, since tattoos were illegal in Massachusetts at the time.

After experiencing a great amount of pain for two hours, my beautiful tattoo was finished. I was so proud of it, I went to a party afterward and showed off my bloody and inky bandages to many partygoers. This was the first time I ever showed off an area of my body with pride and excitement.

My first tattoos didn’t have deep, significant meanings to me, but they provided me with a sense of pride in my body, which I never had before, and I got hooked.”

Chick Ink: 40 Stories of Tattoos–And the Women Who Wear Them by Karen L. Hudson

Boston Library Update

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“In Boston, the physical changes reflect the evolving nature of libraries…

“As it happens, the entrance, on Boylston Street, is close to the finish line of the Boston Marathon, where bombs last year killed three people and injured more than 260 others. With this wound at their front door, the architects are even more determined for the library to be inviting.

“This is a strong statement of pride in the city and its civic life, in spite of what happened across the street,” Mr. Gayley said. “The library is opening its doors and not retreating behind solid walls.”

Breaking Out of the Library Mold, in Boston and Beyond by Katharine Q. Seelye at the New York Times

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