“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

It seems I get later and later which reminds me of the nursery rhyme about the scholar who used to come at ten but now comes at noon. That fits me perfectly. My late mornings are because I have been going to bed so late or early depending upon how you see the day. It was close to 3 this morning before I went to bed, and then I read a few pages.

When I went to get the papers, there were snow flurries. I swear that happens only when I go outside. They fall for a short bit then disappear. I have a vision of Old Man Winter tossing out the flurries as soon as he sees me. It is cloudy and cold still and will stay that way all week. The weatherman probably describes it as seasonal.

Today is a sloth day. I don’t need to go out for anything so no need to get dressed. My house is clean so no strenuous dusting. I could make my bed, but it is upstairs where no one can see it. I suppose I could bring the clean clothes up from the cellar as they have been down there quite a while. No, on second thought, they can stay there for a while longer.

I didn’t watch MSNBC today. The he said, he didn’t say is still the lead story. I believe he said that. Our president has no filters when he speaks off the cuff.

The two years I spent in Ghana were the most amazing years of my life. The country and its people stay in my heart. I always speak of Africa in superlatives.

Today is Martin Luther King Day so I have posted excerpts from Martin Luther King’s speech delivered on August 28, 1963 at the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington.

“And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today!

And this will be the day — this will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with new meaning:

My country ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing.

Land where my fathers died, land of the Pilgrim’s pride,

From every mountainside, let freedom ring!

And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true.”

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8 Comments on ““Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    It is snowing a little here too but they predicted a bit more than an inch if it would snow but far less if it would fall like rain.
    It isn’t that cold outside to be honest but the wind make it feel nasty. he cats refuse to go outside when I open the door for them 🙂

    Unfortunately Trumps great nation is something completely different than Martin Luther King was dreaming about.

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      Snow is predicted for tomorrow but not here on the cape which will be too warm. Our snow will be mixed with rain. Boston could get as many as 7 inches.

      It is really cold right now, a bitter cold, and the cold will continue all week. .

      I’ll just tell everyone I’m from Canada!

      Have a great day!

  2. lilydark Says:

    Waving Kat,
    It is after 5 and I am finally awake. I am having a few sloth days, too. Somehow, I keep thinking this is Columbus Day, not MLK day.
    Take Care,
    Lori and the Crew

    • katry Says:

      Hi Lori,
      It is just too cold to go outside unless I have to go. I really didn’t do anything today, and it felt good.

      Take care yourself!!
      Waving,
      Kat and Maddie

  3. Bob Says:

    By morning we should be down in the low 20s with snow flurries. I brought some work to avoid having to drive on slick streets with all the other nut cases.

    I’m amazed how many Republican Senators present at the immigration meeting who went deaf to 45’s shithole comment. On the Sunday morning talk shows two Senators both claimed either memory loss or just didn’t hear. Why would someone want to immigrate from Norway where they have free national healthcare and lifetime pensions to come here? Such a person only resides in Trump’s imagination. 🙁

    Unless we are very vigilant we could easily slip into an authoritarian state. We must remember these words from WWII Germany on MLK day.

    First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a Socialist.

    Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

    Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a Jew.

    Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      We aren’t getting much snow here on the cape. It will be a mix of snow and rain. We are much warmer than Boston which is in the area of the most snow.

      Trump has no idea of why Norwegians would want to stay home. Those republicans represent the spineless party. They backup Trump, and I can’t understand why unless it is they are a bit afraid of how Trump would respond to the truth.

      There are people who back him no matter what he says. In fact, they approve of his racism. One woman was quoted as saying she loves him because he tells the truth. She said Trump says what they all think. I find that frightening.

      We do need to be vigilant.

      • Bob Says:

        One is known by the company they keep and the people they admire. Trump admires authoritarian leaders such as Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of Turkey and Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines and the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia. A scary commentary on the Presidency.

      • katry Says:

        Bob,
        He wishes he had the same powers as they. We have to be careful as he will try to assume powers to which he is not entitled.


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